U.S. stocks fall amid plunging Qualcomm shares, Fed minutes

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NEW YORK, May 22 (Xinhua) -- Wall Street declined on Wednesday as market mood was dampened by a steep sell-off in Qualcomm shares.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 100.72 points, or 0.39 percent, to 25,776.61. The S&P 500 erased 8.09 points, or 0.28 percent, to 2,856.27. The Nasdaq Composite Index decreased 34.88 points, or 0.45 percent, to 7,750.84.

Qualcomm shares plunged 10.86 percent after the news that a U.S. judge ruled the company violated antitrust law by unlawfully suppressing competition in the market for cellphone chips.

VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH), which tracks the overall performances of major U.S. exchange-listed companies in the semiconductor industry, closed 1.76 percent lower.

Of the 11 primary S&P 500 sectors, energy fell 1.58 percent, the worst-performing group. Utilities and health care outperformed.

Wall Street also digested the newly-released meeting minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve. Some investors think the U.S. inflation might fall further this year and anticipate the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates to spur growth.

"The minutes from the April 30-May 1 Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting reveal the Fed is determined to keep rates unchanged this year, even if it means making excuses for low inflation and/or disappointing growth. Indeed, if anything, some members considered the possibility the FOMC might have to hike rates this year, but not one outright suggested a cut, despite lower-than-targeted inflation," Chris Low, chief economist at FTN Financial, said in a note on Wednesday. Enditem

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