The Dow Jones Industrial Average saw further gains on Tuesday, as investors turned their attention to monetary policy.
The Dow and broader U.S. stock market extended their relief rally on Tuesday, as investors awaited reassurance from the Federal Reserve that monetary policy will remain highly accommodative for the foreseeable future.
All of Wall Street’s major indexes opened sharply higher, mirroring a bullish pre-market for U.S. stock futures. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied by as much as 235 points.
Tech heavyweights Apple and Microsoft were the Dow’s biggest gainers, followed by Boeing and Intel.
Surging tech stocks pushed the Nasdaq Composite Index sharply higher. The benchmark rose 1.4% after the open.
A measure of implied volatility known as the CBOE VIX continued lower on Tuesday. The so-called “investor fear index” declined more than 3% to 24.92 on a scale of 1-100, where 20 represents the historic average.
The Federal Reserve kicked off its two-day policy meeting on Tuesday, and the first since Chairman Jerome Powell announced a new strategy geared towards average inflation targeting. Watch the video below:
Under the Fed’s new framework, policymakers will allow inflation to overshoot its 2% target in pursuit of other macroeconomic objectives. In other words, the central bank will keep interest rates at rock bottom for the foreseeable future.
The Federal Open Market Committee will deliver its policy statement Wednesday afternoon alongside its quarterly economic projections. No change in monetary policy is expected.
Interest rates are expected to be zero-bound until at least 2023, according to a new CNBC survey of economists.
On the economic data front, U.S. industrial production rose 0.4% in August, the Federal Reserve reported Tuesday. The capacity utilization rate rose to 71.4%.
In international news, China’s industrial production rose 5.6% annually in August and retail sales rose 0.5%.
Last modified: September 23, 2020 2:31 PM