US STOCKS-Wall St hits session highs as Fed upbeat on economy

miércoles 30 de abril de 2014 15:10 GYT

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* Fed reduces monthly bond purchases, as expected

* Indexes: Dow up 0.3 pct, S&P up 0.3 pct, Nasdaq up 0.2 pct (Updates to afternoon)

By Caroline Valetkevitch

NEW YORK, April 30 (Reuters) - The Dow and S&P 500 added to gains while the Nasdaq turned positive on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve gave an upbeat assessment of the economy's prospects as it announced another cut in its massive bond-buying program.

The Fed said in a statement it would reduce its monthly bond purchases to $45 billion from $55 billion, a widely-expected decision that keeps it on track to end the program as soon as October.

That the Fed looked past a dismal reading on first-quarter U.S. economic growth suggested confidence in the economy's prospects. Also, its statement was more upbeat than the one it issued after its last policy meeting on March 19.

Stocks initially held near steady following the announcement, but soon rose to session highs.

"They are seeing some economic activity pick up after the slowdown during the winter," said Joe Bell, senior equity analyst at Schaeffer's Investment Research in Cincinnati. That "is one positive sign."   Continuación...