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Dow snaps 4-day losing streak amid optimism from Fed meeting

Dow snaps 4-day losing streak amid optimism from Fed meeting
The Dow Jones Industrial Average snapped a four-day losing streak on Wednesday as markets rose following the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 338 points on Wednesday to snap a four-day losing streak as markets reacted to the Federal Reserve committing to keep its pandemic monetary policies in place.

The blue-chip index closed the day up 1%, while the S&P 500 gained 0.9% and the Nasdaq Composite rose 1.02% following the news from the closing of the Federal Open Market Committee's two-day meeting.

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the central bank has been purchasing $120 billion a month of Treasurys and mortgage-backed securities and in its post-meeting statement the Fed said "a moderation in the pace of asset purchases may soon be warranted" but did not set a specific date.

"While a taper announcement, maybe, is coming in November, that they didn't do so today just reflects a still uber dovish committee," Peter Boockvar, chief investment officer at Bleakley Advisory Group said, according to CNBC.

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The committee also voted unanimously to keep short-term interest rates at 0% to 0.25%, the same level since March 2020, although the Fed hinted at a potential interest rate hike in 2022.

Wednesday's news had little impact on bond yield with the 2-year treasury yield rising above 0.24% and the 10-year rate falling below 1.3% to a session low following the meeting before ultimately rising back up to 1.33%.

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Commodity-related stocks bounced back on Wednesday as investors saw concerns about Chinese property developer Evergrande's debt crisis ease.

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APA stock grew 7.19%, Devon Energy gained 6.84%, Diamondback energy rose 5.42% and Marathon Oil climbed 5.35%.

Wednesday's gains came as the three major indexes have struggled in September with the Dow down 3% on the month, while the S&P has fallen 2.8%.

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