But while the indexes briefly turned positive after the statement’s release, banks, which are sensitive to interest rates, put a damper on the rally.
The financial sector sold off sharply in the last hour of trading, ending the session down 2.1 per cent.
R.J. Grant head of trading at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in New York saw «a heavy pick-up in selling in the banks especially,» as the yield curve flattened.
The stock market has rallied since the beginning of the year, when Fed chair John Powell said the Fed would take a «patient» approach to monetary policy.
Powell affirmed that sentiment at a press conference following the release, citing mixed economic data and risks associated with Brexit and trade negotiations as reasons for caution.
Indeed, Federal funds futures now see nearly even chances that the central bank will cut interest rates in early 2020.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 141.71 points, or 0.55 per cent, to 25,745.67, the S&P 500 lost 8.34 points, or 0.29 per cent, to 2,824.23 and the Nasdaq Composite added 5.02 points, or 0.07 per cent, to 7,728.97.
Of the 11 major sectors in the S&P 500, six ended the session in negative territory.
Shares of Fedex Corp dropped 3.5 per cent after the global package delivery company cut its 2019 profit forecast, citing slowing global trade growth.
FedEx weighed on the Dow Jones Transport Index, a closely-watched gauge of economic health, pulling the index down 1.3 per cent.
Rival United Parcel Service Inc was also down, falling 2.2 per cent.
General Mills Inc. rose 2.2 per cent after the packaged food company reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and boosted its full-year forecast.
Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 1.16-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.64-to-1 ratio favoured decliners.
The S&P 500 posted 22 new 52-week highs and 4 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 46 new highs and 42 new lows.
Volume on US exchanges was 7.76 billion shares, compared to the 7.53 billion average for the full session over the last 20 trading days.