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Stocks soar after Fed cuts stimulus, citing stronger US economy; Dow jumps almost 300 points

Trader Warren Meyers, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Stocks were modestly higher in early trading on Wall Street Wednesday as the Federal Reserve ends its last two-day policy meeting of 2013. Homebuilder stocks rose sharply after the government reported that construction of new homes surged in November. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
December 18, 2013 - 1:06 PM

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Stocks are surging after the Federal Reserve decided the economy was strong enough for it to reduce its stimulus efforts.

The Fed voted Wednesday to cut its $85 billion in monthly bond purchases by $10 billion, starting in January.

The Dow Jones industrial average soared 293 points, or 1.9 per cent, to 16,168. The Standard & Poor's 500 index jumped 29 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 1,810.

The Dow and S&P 500 were back at record highs.

The Nasdaq composite rose 46 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 4,070.

Ford slumped 6 per cent after issuing a three-year profit forecast that came in short of investors' expectations.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury note held steady at 2.88 per cent.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
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