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US stocks soar after Fed says economy is improving

Stocks surged Wednesday after Federal Reserve decided economy was strong enough for it reduce its stimulus efforts. The Dow Jones

Stocks surged Wednesday after the Federal Reserve decided the economy was strong enough for it to reduce its stimulus efforts. The Dow Jones industrial average soared nearly 300 points. | AP file photo

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Updated: December 18, 2013 3:12PM



NEW YORK — Stocks surged Wednesday 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 percent, to 16,168. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index jumped 29 points, or 1.7 percent, to 1,810.

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

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

Ford slumped 6 percent 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 percent.



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