Gas prices rose for the 34th day in a row, fueling concerns about whether higher prices at the pump will take a bite out of consumer spending in February. Nationwide, a gallon of unleaded gasoline averaged $3.766 Wednesday, according to AAA. Gas prices have risen 34 cents, or 10%, since the beginning of February.
Oil prices rose, while gold prices declined, falling below $1,600 an ounce for the first time since August 2012.
The price on the 10-year Treasury fell, pushing the yield up to 2.04% from 2.03% late Tuesday.
The U.S. dollar fell against the euro and the Japanese yen, but gained against the British pound.