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Thu Sep 13, 2012, 04:44 PM

Rally Pushes Stocks to Nearly 5-Year High

Source: CNN Money.com

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- A rally on Wall Street gained momentum Thursday afternoon, sending stocks to fresh multi-year highs, as investors welcomed the Federal Reserve's new bond-buying plan. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 207 points, or 1.6%, while the Nasdaq rose 1.3% and the S&P 500 gained 1.6%. Prior to the Fed's announcement, all three major indexes had been just 0.2% higher. The day's gains pushed the Dow and S&P 500 to their highest closing levels since December 2007, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq finished at its highest level since November 2000.

Financial stocks led the broad rally, with the KBW Bank index (BKX) climbing 2.8% to its highest level since May 2011. Bank of America's (BAC, Fortune 500) nearly 4.8% advance led the Dow higher, while JPMorgan's (JPM, Fortune 500) 3.7% rise helped the stock fully recover the losses it suffered following the 'London whale' disclosure.

As investors moved into risky assets, oil prices spiked 1.3% to $98.31 a barrel. Priced had already been higher amid "concern that protests in the Middle East may threaten supplies," said Wells Fargo Advisors analysts. Gold, which is used as a hedge against inflation, jumped 2% to hit a nearly 7-month high. And Treasuries, which had had been gaining ground earlier, sold-off sharply, which pushed 10-year yield above 1.8% from 1.72% before the Fed's announcement. The yield settled around 1.74%.

The Fed said it will buy $40 billion of mortage-backed bonds each month for however long it deems necessary. In the past, the Fed has concentrated its purchases in Treasuries. The Fed also said it plans to keep interest rates at "exceptionally low levels" until mid-2015. Previously, the central bank had forecast rates would remain low until late 2014.

Housing stocks gained on the news. Shares of homebuilder Hovnanian (HOV) and Pulte Group (PHM) rose more than 3%. Lennar (LEN) and Toll Brothers (TOL) gained almost 2%.



Read more: http://money.cnn.com/2012/09/13/investing/stocks-markets/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 04:50 PM

1. Gee...looks like the markets are really hating President Obama



The WORST thing we could get is Repukes totally in charge....if that happens, you best get your money and
put it under the mattress.

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Thu Sep 13, 2012, 04:50 PM

2. Hmmmm. So Rmoney is better off today than he was 4 years ago?

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 04:53 PM

3. This is the real Wall Street vote, not the campaign donations.

 

The corporations understand their interest is with stability, not the new divisive bozo.

I'd be selling in November though.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 05:00 PM

4. poor mittens ...he`s so screwed.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 05:10 PM

5. Great for Capitalism, eh?

 

Golly, it doesn't seem socialist at all!

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