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USA stocks rally on earnings, dovish Fed, Companies & Markets News & Top Stories

USA stocks rally on earnings, dovish Fed, Companies & Markets News & Top Stories

Asked if the Fed still had a bias toward hiking rates, Powell said, "I would want to see a need for further rate increases, and for me, a big part of that would be inflation". Since the beginning of the year, the value of USA stocks has increased by $2.1 trillion, or 7.74%, according to Wilshire Associates.

As result of the Fed's reversal, stocks extended their rally after the FOMC's statement and Fed Chairman Jerome Powell's press conference Wednesday afternoon, with the major USA averages ending up 1.8%-2.2%.

Its message ignited a rally on Wall Street, which cheered the prospect of continued modest borrowing rates for the near future.

■ In its statement on Wednesday, the Fed said "economic activity has been rising at a solid rate". And by indicating flexibility on the runoff in its balance sheet, the Fed implicitly acknowledged the impact the reduction of its government securities' holdings was having on the private credit and equity markets, and by extension, on the economy.

The 10-0 vote on the decision held the target range for the federal funds rate at 2.25 per cent to 2.5 per cent.

Officials at the U.S. central bank cited muted inflation and "global economic and financial developments" to explain the shift.

"The Fed dropped a commitment to gradual rate hikes from its policy statement".

"We are now facing a somewhat contradictory picture of generally strong U.S. macroeconomic performance, alongside growing evidence of cross-currents", Powell told reporters.

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Traders will be watching trade talks between the US and China which resumed in Washington, as well as an afternoon policy statement from the Federal Reserve.

"At such times, common-sense risk management suggests patiently awaiting greater clarity, an approach that has served policymakers well in the past", he said.

The Fed raised rates four times last year and signaled in December that it would do so twice this year. He didn't comment on the Fed's actions on Wednesday, but he did tweet "Dow just broke 25,000".

After an additional one-quarter-percentage-point increase in December, to 2.25%-2.50%, Powell agreed Wednesday the Fed was close to neutral, meaning the key rate was neither boosting nor retarding the economy.

Boeing Co gained 6.8 percent after the world's largest planemaker forecast full-year profit and cash flow above analysts' estimates amid a boom in air travel and speedier 737 production.

It may not be long before that record is broken.

Meanwhile, the local share market is expected to rise at the open.

Oil prices rose, paring gains of more than 1 percent, as the potential for supply disruptions following U.S. sanctions on Venezuela's oil industry lifted prices.