Markets Rally as Fed Announces QE3

THURSDAY MARKET UPDATE: Markets jump after the US Federal Reserve announces another round of quantitative easing

Alanna Petroff 13 September, 2012 | 5:57PM
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US stock markets surged higher on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve satisfied market expectations and announced another round of quantitative easing to help stimulate the American economy. The Federal Reserve announced it will buy $40 billion in American mortgage-backed securities each month and will continue making these purchases until the US labour market significantly improves.  

The easing, nicknamed QE3, was announced after the UK markets had closed for the day. Since many investors had been expecting an announcement of further quantitative easing from the States, there was a generally positive mood in the UK markets. The FTSE 100 index managed to end the day with a solid gain. The benchmark index of large-cap companies rose by 38 points, or 0.7%, to close the day at 5,820. The FTSE 250 mid-cap index also pushed up by 35 points, or 0.3%, to close at 11,847.

While the majority of FTSE 100 companies saw market gains, there were two key laggards—BAE Systems (BA.)and the retailer Next (NXT).

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
BAE Systems PLC593.80 GBX-0.93Rating
Next PLC7,928.00 GBX0.76

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Alanna Petroff

Alanna Petroff  is a financial journalist with Morningstar UK.