The Dow Erupts on Quantitative Easing Rumors


It looks as if the broad markets are taking European Central Bank President Mario Draghi's words at face value, as the Dow Jones Industrials (INDEX: ^DJI) are up 1.8% so far today. The ECB president announced that European leaders are deeply concerned about the financial crisis spurred by dangerous debt levels in Greece, Spain, and Italy. Although the ECB left interest rates at 1%, the bank communicated that it would be ready to take action after the European leaders figure out the best fiscal solution to ease the crisis.

The ECB wasn't the only central bank making noise today, as the Federal Reserve addressed the weak economic figures released recently by stating it would be ready to take further monetary action to help spur the U.S. economy. With encouraging statements from the European Central Bank and the Fed, investors felt reassured as capital shifted from Treasuries and into the stock market, with all three major indexes up close to 2%.

Today's action
The Dow Jones is enjoying a rare gem of a day, with all its components up significantly. Bank of America (NYS: BAC) leads the rally, up 6.4%, as QE3 could be in order when the Federal Open Market Committee meets in two weeks.

Today's news also sparked expectations that energy consumption will not have as hard a landing, as the eurozone and the United States could correct and continue to grow, consuming energy on the way. The up 2.31% and 2.66%, respectively.

All the major industries are in the green today, led by basic materials. However, it appears home furnishings forgot their invitation to the party. Tempur-Pedic shares were thrashed after the company announced its second-quarter outlook would be cut in half, shrinking its share price by more than 40%. But the problem was not company-specific, as Mattress Firm Holding (NAS: MFRM) also was hit hard today, down 17.15%.

The increased buying in the market is much needed, allowing the Dow to reclaim some gains on the year. However, the good news that helped buoy the market is still just that... news. In order to stabilize the market for a long bull run, the central banks will need to act upon their intentions and right this ship. The problems are complex and the treatment is supplied in small doses, so expect some turbulence on the way. With increased instability expected in the market, now is a great time to check out The Motley Fool's special report: "3 Stocks That Will Help You Retire Rich." This free report will list three remarkable companies as well as offer great advice on how to invest to secure a comfortable retirement -- get your free report now.

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