US STOCKS-S&P 500, Nasdaq pare losses as investors digest Fed comments

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Indexes: Dow up 0.31%, S&P flat, Nasdaq down 0.36%

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By Ankika Biswas and Amruta Khandekar

Nov 14 (Reuters) –

The S&P 500 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq pared losses on Monday as comments from U.S. Federal Reserve Vice Chair Lael Brainard lifted hopes that the Federal Reserve could ease its aggressive stance on interest rate hikes.

Brainard, a voting member of the rate-setting committee this year said that it would be “appropriate soon” for the U.S. central bank to

reduce the pace

of its aggressive monetary policy tightening.

“That is consistent with what the market’s already been telling us,” said Randy Frederick, vice…

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