Investors were focused on central banks and private sector PMI data. In Britain, Wednesday marked the fifth anniversary of the Brexit vote, although this was more symbolic than market-moving.
p>US stocks slipped on Wednesday but remained near record highs as investors weighed dovish comments by Federal Reserve officials with business surveys showing companies were struggling with inflation. p> The S&P 500 slid 0.1 per cent, erasing a marginal advance in the final half-hour of trading. The technology-focused Nasdaq Composite index climbed 0.1 per cent, building on highs hit a day earlier.