January 31, 2007 at 1:07 PM #8314
Wall St. cheers as Fed leaves rates alone
Stocks jump as the central bank signals its key rate will remain at 5.25% at least until fall. Boeing powers a Dow rally. Google, Starbucks report after the bell.
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January 31, 2007 — 14:30 ET
[BRIEFING.COM] The indices are holding relatively steady near their best levels of the day as investors continue to rally around encouraging news out of the Fed. The actual text of the statement reads: “Recent indicators have suggested somewhat… More
MoreThe Federal Reserve made it abundantly clear today it plans to leave interest rates alone for some time to come.
Wall Street was delighted at the decision, and the stock market was rallying strongly.
As President Bush touted the economy in New York today and strolled the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, the central bank’s Federal Open Market Committee left its federal funds rate at 5.25%, where it has been since June. The Fed’s rate-setting body said — as it has for months — that keeping inflation at bay must be its overriding concern.
But, significantly, the Fed indicated is somewhat less worried about inflation that it has been.
The economy is giving signals of “somewhat firmer” growth, the Fed statement said, and “some tentative signs of stabilization have appeared in the housing market.”
But what cheered Wall Street most was this: “Readings on core inflation have improved modestly in recent months, and inflation pressures seem likely to moderate over time.”
The federal funds rate is the rate banks charge each other for overnight loans. It affects credit card rates, commercial business loan rates and auto loan rates. The Fed also left its discount rate alone at 6.25%. The discount rate is what the Fed charges banks for overnight loans.
Wall Street was expecting the Fed’s decision and seemed cheered that the Fed’s inflation fears may be easing slightly.
Stocks soared higher after the announcement. At 2:40 p.m., the Dow Jones industrials were up 105 points to 12,628. A third of the gain was due to a 4.6% gain for aerospace giant Boeing (BA, news, msgs), which reported a strong fourth quarter and offered better-than-expected guidance for 2007 and 2008.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index was up 8.8 points at 1,438. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up nearly 12 points at 2,460.January 31, 2007 at 2:31 PM #44537
Wonder what this will mean for housing?
“The economy is giving signals of “somewhat firmer” growth, the Fed statement said, and “some tentative signs of stabilization have appeared in the housing market.” ”
This is not the RE industry sayin’ this, it’s the Fed.January 31, 2007 at 4:26 PM #44547sdrealtorParticipant
You are looking at National News not local news. Locally we still have a ways to go but the extent of the damage wont be the depths of despair many around here are hoping for IMHO.January 31, 2007 at 5:04 PM #44551farbetParticipant
Why wait on house prices to drop. My Friends the action is DAY TRADING. The MKT has a few months to go. Milk it for all its worth . Then buy the house.January 31, 2007 at 9:32 PM #44567
“You are looking at National News not local news.”
I knew that, but my question was really more about how many people would be reading that and thinking now is the time to buy, we hit bottom, versus how many really know San Diego is in a slump that could be long and very ugly.
I think more people in San Diego read MSN than Piggington.
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