US STOCKS-S&P 500 turns higher after Fed statement

miércoles 30 de julio de 2014 14:33 GYT

* Fed reduces asset purchases, upgrades economy assessment

* GDP shows stronger economic growth than expected in Q2

* Dow down 0.02 pct, S&P up 0.2 pct, Nasdaq up 0.6 pct (Updates with reaction to Fed statement)

By Caroline Valetkevitch

NEW YORK, July 30 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 turned higher while the Dow pared losses on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve raised its assessment of the U.S. economy while reiterating it is in no hurry to increase interest rates.

The central bank also, as expected, cut its monthly asset purchases to $25 billion from $35 billion.

Financial shares bounced, with the S&P financial index helping to lead the S&P 500 higher. Shares of Wells Fargo gained 1.4 percent to $52.26.

"We got the taper as expected and the real viewpoint of the committee is they can keep monetary policy accommodative even after we reach our inflation and employment goals," said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Wunderlich Securities in New York.

That suggests "we are going to start raising rates but it's going to be some time in the first half of 2015 and that is consensus - and consensus gets you a market that rallies," Hogan said.   Continuación...