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U.S. stocks rise after Fed cuts rates

2019/10/31 10:04:47   source:Xinhua

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An electronic screen shows the trading data at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, the United States, on Oct. 30, 2019. U.S. stocks ended higher on Wednesday. The Dow rose 0.43 percent to 27,186.69, the S&P 500 increased 0.33 percent to 3,046.77, and the Nasdaq climbed 0.33 percent to 8,303.98. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)

U.S. stocks rallied on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve cut interest rates for a third time this year.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 115.27 points, or 0.43 percent, to 27,186.69. The S&P 500 increased 9.88 points, or 0.33 percent, to 3,046.77. The Nasdaq Composite Index gained 27.12 points, or 0.33 percent, to 8,303.98.

Eight of the 11 primary S&P sectors closed higher, with utilities and health care up 0.87 percent and 0.78 percent, respectively, leading the advancers. Energy, however, dropped 2.12 percent, becoming the worst-performing group.

U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday lowered interest rates by 25 basis points amid a further slowdown in U.S. economic growth.

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the Fed's rate-setting body, trimmed the target for the federal funds rate to a range of 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent after concluding its two-day policy meeting, largely in line with market expectation.

"Cutting interest rates is a stimulus package to the economy and the market, so investors love that," Peter Tuchman, an experienced trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, told Xinhua.

The Fed's decision followed the release of the U.S. economic growth data.

The U.S. economy expanded at an annual rate of 1.9 percent in the third quarter of the year, slightly lower than the 2-percent growth rate in the second quarter, the Commerce Department reported on Wednesday.

The slower growth of the gross domestic product (GDP) in the third quarter reflected decelerations in personal consumption expenditures and government spending, and a larger decrease in nonresidential fixed investment, according to the department.

Wall Street also paid close attention to the corporate earnings.

Of the S&P 500 companies that have reported quarterly earnings by far, about 74 percent have topped analysts' expectations, according to data from FactSet.

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