The Federal Reserve expressed more confidence in the U.S. economy even as Japan’s nuclear crisis raised worries around the globe. The Fed said Tuesday that the economic recovery is on “firmer footing” and the jobs market is “improving gradually.”
Global stock markets staged an explosive rally Thursday, embracing a move by the Federal Reserve to try to rejuvenate the U.S. economy by buying $600 billion in Treasury bonds.
Traders’ uncertainty has put a big September rally on hold, at least momentarily, before the central bank’s meeting Tuesday.
Stocks are down for a third day on more disappointing earnings and economic news.
Stocks and interest rates are down sharply as investors take a bleaker view of the U.S. economy. The Dow Jones closed down 265 points.