Wall Street gains, S&P 500 heads for best month since 2015


The federal-funds futures market not only doesn't expect any further increases by the Fed this year, but actually puts a slightly higher probability on a rate cut than a hike a year from now, according to the CME Group's FedWatch Tool. Since the beginning of the year, the value of USA stocks has increased by $2.1 trillion, or 7.74%, according to Wilshire Associates.

While the Fed said continued USA economic and job growth were still "the most likely outcomes", it removed language from its December policy statement that risks to the outlook were "roughly balanced" and struck language that projected "some further" rate hikes would be appropriate in 2019.

By removing references to further rate hikes, the central bank indicated that it's not going to move prematurely on raising interest rates.

The blue-chip index ultimately closed up 434.90 points, or 1.8 percent, at 25,014.86. United States stocks added to gains, following the Fed statement, with the Dow climbing 1.6 percent to 24,964.94 near 1910 GMT.

Stocks are off to an uneven start on Wall Street as investors pore over a mixed bag of earnings reports from big USA companies. In a separate special statement, the Fed said it's "prepared to adjust any of the details for completing balance sheet normalization in light of economic and financial developments".

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"What investors most like is that they got more than they expected" from the Fed, said Mr Art Hogan, chief market strategist at National Holdings Corporation.

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell is scheduled to hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. ET.

President Trump, meanwhile, has been an outspoken critic of the Fed's interest rate hikes.

"The case for raising rates has weakened somewhat", Powell told reporters Wednesday at the conclusion of the Federal Open Market Committee's first two-day meeting of 2019.

"If we do get some sort of news of a de-escalation in the trade debacle between the USA and China that would remove a key overhang, a key risk from the equity outlook and would help to place a floor under equity markets broadly". Although market-based measures of inflation compensation have moved lower in recent months, survey-based measures of longer-term inflation expectations are little changed.

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The euro was down 0.3 percent against the dollar at $1.1439 EUR=, pressured by comments from the Bundesbank's Weidmann.

The Nasdaq Composite added 1.31 per cent to 7,277.26.

"As long as the USA economy continues to grow and corporate profits climb, I expect cyclical sectors aligned with the economy's growth continue to lead the bull market higher in the near term", said State Street's Arone.

Facebook jumped 10.8 per cent in early trading Thursday after reporting solid user metrics, but chocolate maker Hershey slid 3.9 per cent after releasing a disappointing revenue forecast.

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