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Earnings news, especially from Apple, could stir up a market that's waiting for the Fed.

Stocks closed mixed Monday after a day of quiet trading. The Dow was off 23 points at 17,623, and the S&P 500 slid 3 to 2,071. The Nasdaq rose 2 to 5,034.

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The market could tread water again Tuesday, as the Fed begins its two-day meeting where it is expected to hold off on an interest rate rise. The central bank releases its post-meeting statement at 2 p.m. Wednesday, and it is expected to leave the door open for the chance of a December rate hike.