NEW YORK (AP) _ Stocks were mixed this morning in quiet trading with no major developments to steer investors other than a strong profit report from Dell Computer.

At 11 a.m. on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 29.40 at 9,084.05, down from an early 61-point gain. The Dow gained about 3 points on Tuesday, barely halting a three-session, 160-point slide from last Wednesday's record of 9,211.84.

Broader stock indexes turned mostly lower, extending a retreat that began after Tuesday's Federal Reserve meeting ended with no increase in interest rates.

The Fed's decision, while expected, came as a relief with the central bank began hinting recently that it might need slow the economy to guard against inflation. A future increase in rates has not been ruled out, however, leaving a cloud hanging over the market.

The Standard & Poor's 500 was up 2.58 at 1,112.10, and the technology-heavy Nasdaq composite index was down 7.96 at 1,837.91.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by a narrow margin on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to 174.19 million shares, almost even with Tuesday's early pace.

The NYSE composite index was up 1.48 at 575.40, and the American Stock Exchange composite index was down 0.14 at 732.55.

Overseas, Tokyo's Nikkei stock average rose 0.7 percent. In afternoon trading, Frankfurt's DAX index was up 2.3 percent and London's FT-SE 100 was up 0.7 percent.