US stocks jump after Fed minutes; Nasdaq +1.9%

NEW YORK: Wall Street stocks finished with large gains Wednesday after traders viewed new Federal Reserve meeting minutes as a sign the US central bank will remain dovish on monetary policy.

At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at 16,990.47, up 271.08 points (1.62 percent).

The broad-based S&P 500 jumped 33.51 (1.73 percent) to 1,968.61, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index soared 83.39 (1.90 percent) to 4,468.59.

Minutes from the Fed’s September monetary policy meeting were released amid investor concerns that the Fed’s plan to shift away from record-low rates in 2015 will harm the economy.

But markets had a “major liftoff” after the minutes, said Michael James, managing director of equity trading at Wedbush Securities.

Source: APP