U.S. stocks ended slightly lower on Thursday after the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis said interest-rate increases should come sooner rather than later.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 21.38 points or 0.13 percent, to end at 16,846.13. The S&P 500 slipped 2.31 points or 0.12 percent, to 1,957.22. The Nasdaq Composite dipped 0.71 of a point or 0.02 percent, to 4,379.05
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