Stocks and bonds rallied Wednesday after the Federal Reserve indicated that it’s not in a hurry to raise interest rates. At the end of a two-day meeting, the Fed cut its forecasts for economic growth through 2017 and said that it needs to see more improvement in the job market and higher inflation before it raises rates. The Fed has kept interest rates extremely low for six years, which has helped drive stock and bond prices higher by making borrowing cheap.
The Dow Jones industrial average gained 227.11 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 18,076.19.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 25.22 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 2,099.50.
The Nasdaq composite rose 45.39 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 4,982.83.
For the week:
The Dow is up 326.88 points, or 1.8 per cent.
The S&P 500 index is up 46.10 points, or 2.3 per cent.
The Nasdaq is up 111.07 points, or 2.3 per cent.
For the year:
The Dow is up 253.12 points, or 1.4 per cent.
The S&P 500 index is up 40.60 points, or 2 per cent.
The Nasdaq is up 246.77 points, or 5.2 per cent.