U.S. stock exchanges closed lower on negative economic statistics in the U.S.

The main U.S. stock indices finished down in yesterday's trading - The Dow Jones fell 0.47%, the S&P 500 fell 0, 096%, the NASDAQ - by 0.13%. Investors preferred to walk away from the risk amid weak statistical data on the national economy. In particular, there was a more active growth of the trade deficit in November of the balance of trade than expected - it was $80.2 billion against the expected $77.1 billion. Against expectations of $77.1 bln. unemployment rose contrary to forecasts, reaching 207,000; Analysts expected it to fall to 197 thousand. Activity Index also came as a surprise to market players - in December it The business activity index dropped to 62% in December, though its growth to 66.9% was expected. Investor sentiment was also influenced by the release of the minutes of the FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM. In the document the regulator notes that the key rate, probably, will be raised earlier than expected - the need for such a step may arise due to the continued growth of inflation. He also allowed the possibility of a sooner completion of the asset buyback - it could happen as soon as March. Before that, the Fed had planned to continue reducing the program until June.