Markets Jump on Fed Move

By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2007 10:04 AM CDT
Markets Jump on Fed Move
Traders and Specialists work the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, early Friday, Aug. 17, 2007. Stocks soared Friday, propelling the Dow Jones industrials up more than 180 points, after the Federal Reserve, acknowledging that the stock market's plunge posed a threat to the economy, slashed...   (Associated Press)

Stocks rallied in early trading today after the Federal Reserve shaved a half-point off of one of its key interest rates, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Dow initially shot up more than 300 points; after settling some, it was up 150.46 by midmorning. European stocks were buoyed as well, with London's FTSE 100 jumping 2.1% after a disastrous plunge yesterday.

The Fed cut its discount rate to 5.75% from 6.25% and promised to keep it there until market liquidity, evaporated by the credit crunch, has been restored. Not everyone was impressed by the cut—or the surge it produced. "I think it signals somewhat of a panic move by the Fed here," one trader told the Journal, "and I would not have too much faith in this rally." (More stocks stories.)

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