Healthcare stocks helped support Wall Street on Wednesday, although banks slipped before a widely expected monthly interest hike by the US Federal Reserve.

With a third rate hike nearly certain, and odds of a fourth rise in December firming after robust consumer confidence data on Tuesday, investors wish to learn whether or not the Fed will officially end the era of quick cash.

Financial stocks overall were 0.19% lower, reflecting the stop by bank shares. Only JPMorgan , Citigroup and M&T Bank eked out gains.

“In the event the Fed raises short-term interest rates, that serves to flatten the yield curve and banks want a steeper yield curve,” said Linda Duessel, Senior Equity Strategist at Federated Investors, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“Greater the Fed adds to the short-term loan rates which makes it costly to borrow and this chokes off economic growth.”

Some analysts expect a aggressive tilt, whether or not it is supplied in the insurance plan statement, the accompanying economic and rate of interest projections, or at Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s press conference.

The stock market has enjoyed a boom period and is also at record levels. But as rates rise, equities face rising competition for investors’ funds not just from bonds, but will also from cash, that is currently the most attractive it’s been in decade.

Utilities and real estate property companies, which tend to be favored from a low-rate environment owing to solid dividends, fell 0.23% and 0.21%, respectively.

At 11:22 am EDT the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 57.18 points, or 0.22%, at 26,549.39, the S&P 500 was up 7.39 points, or 0.25%, at 2,922.95 along with the Nasdaq Composite was up 27.61 points, or 0.34%, at 8,035.08.

Six of the 11 major S&P 500 sectors were higher, led with the health sector’s 0.73% gain.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals gained 5.6% on the deal to purchase private Syntimmune within a $1.2 billion deal.

The Nasdaq biotech index rose 1.03%, led by Biogen, which advanced 2.4%.

Among the laggards were energy stocks, which slipped 0.34% as oil prices eased.

Nike fell 2.2% after reporting a smallish development of quarterly gross margins and left its 2019 forecast unchanged.

Nike was the very best loser about the Dow, while IBM was the most notable gainer, by using a 2.3% rise after UBS upgraded the stock to “buy”.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by way of a 1.03-to-1 ratio for the NYSE, while declining issues outnumbered advancers for the 1.12-to-1 ratio within the Nasdaq.

The S&P index recorded 22 new 52-week highs and 10 new lows, as you move the Nasdaq recorded 43 new highs and 48 new lows.?