Closing Bell: 10.31.07

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Investors began the morning warily. Trading volume was low and stocks climbed slowly and steadily. Last minute jitters before the Fed announcement sent the major indexes lower. But when the Fed revealed that even an economy growing faster than expected wouldn't stop it from giving Wall Street the rate cut it was demanding, stocks soared once more. The Dow Jones Industrial Average flew up 137.54, or 1%, to 13930.01. The S&P 500 bounded 18.36, or 1.2%, to 1549.38. The Nasdaq Composite Index rocketed 42.41, or 1.5%, to 2859.12. Volume on the New York Stock Exchange was 1.6 billion shares, which is pretty much standard these days.
The Fed's statement is largely being read as drawing a line in the sand. "This far we will cut and no further." It remains to be seen whether they will be believed or whether the Punch Bowl caucus will be back demanding another swipe at the punch before the year is out.
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