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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-S&P 500 ends near flat after Fed's mixed signals on future policy

Sept 18 (Reuters) - The benchmark S&P 500 index ended almost flat on Wednesday as Federal Reserve policymakers gave mixed signals about their next move after cutting interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point in a widely expected move.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 36.35 points, or 0.13%, to 27,147.15, the S&P 500 gained 1.02 points, or 0.03%, to 3,006.72 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 8.62 points, or 0.11%, to 8,177.39. (Reporting by Noel Randewich)