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News Summary: Markets end flat after Fed minutes

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The Associated Press | July 10, 2013 05:09 PM EST | AP


BIG YAWN?: The stock market ended the day little changed after the publication of minutes from the Federal Reserve's June meeting. The notes gave investors little new information on the direction of the central bank's stimulus program.

FIVE-DAY STREAK: The Standard & Poor's 500 index ended the day fractionally higher, extending its streak of advances to five days, the longest in two months. The index has gained 2.9 percent in July as investors have become more confident that the economy is continuing its recovery and less concerned that the Fed will end its stimulus program too soon.

DON'T ASK THE PRICE: Family Dollar Stores surged $4.55, or 7.1 percent, to $68.50 after the discount retailer released earnings that the beat analysts' expectations. Dollar General and Dollar Tree also rose.