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United States stocks rally on earnings, dovish Fed, Companies & Markets News & Top Stories

01 February 2019

This move created a scenario where the Fed is likely to even reduce interest rate instead of hiking it depending on the economic scenario and this caused dollar to turn dovish in the broad market.

Bond price rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.66 per cent.

The decision at the Fed's first policy meeting of the year was expected after central bankers signaled strongly in recent weeks that they meant to tread cautiously about any further moves. In the absence of inflation in conventional measures, that argues for patience on the monetary authorities' part in raising interest rates or reducing the central bank's balance sheet.

Stocks, already up on the day, climbed even higher, with the Dow Jones industrial average gaining almost 435 points, or 1.8 percent, to close at 25,014.86.

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As result of the Fed's reversal, stocks extended their rally after the FOMC's statement and Fed Chairman Jerome Powell's press conference Wednesday afternoon, with the major US averages ending up 1.8%-2.2%.

Better-than-expected results from many United States companies reporting in recent days are also fuelling optimism on Wall Street, Callahan added. In a separate special statement, the Fed said it's "prepared to adjust any of the details for completing balance sheet normalization in light of economic and financial developments". The Fed's balance sheet surged following the 2008 financial crisis, and many investors believe its effort to shrink it may stifle economic growth.

Officials at the U.S. central bank cited muted inflation and "global economic and financial developments" to explain the shift.

"The case for raising rates has decreased somewhat", Fed chairman Jerome Powell said at a news conference following the rate announcement. Its benchmark short-term rate will remain in a range of 2.25 percent to 2.5 percent after having been raised four times past year. The Fed can lower its base interest rate, known as the federal funds rate, to help to stimulate the economy or raise it to stop it overheating.

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USA corporate results have shown companies including Apple, Intel Corp and Caterpillar Inc are feeling pain from the slowing expansion of China's economy, which has been hurt by a trade conflict with the United States.

The Fed raised rates four times last year including in December, when it signaled it would do so twice more this year.

The euro was down 0.3 percent against the dollar at $1.1439 EUR=, pressured by comments from the Bundesbank's Weidmann. The Nasdaq gained 71 points, or 1 percent, to 7,100.

It may not be long before that record is broken.

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Oil prices rose, paring gains of more than 1 percent, as the potential for supply disruptions following USA sanctions on Venezuela's oil industry lifted prices.

United States stocks rally on earnings, dovish Fed, Companies & Markets News & Top Stories