Stocks rise after Yellen calms jitters, S&P finally closes above 1,850

Stocks powered through to a strong finish, and the S&P 500 finally managed to push past 1,850 en route to a record high after three days of trying and failing, as congressional testimony from Janet Yellen calmed early investor jitters brought on by geopolitical concerns.

Yellen said the Fed likely would continue tapering its asset purchases while tracking data to figure how much recent softness in the economy is due to the weather.

As in recent days, activity was driven in large part by short-term players waiting to see if the S&P could hold above 1,850 before buying or selling; when that level was pierced and held, what had been resistance became support.

Among S&P sectors, telecoms, techs and materials fared best with utilities and energy the weakest.

Treasury prices finished at their highs, with the benchmark 10-year yield down 3 bps at 2.646%.

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  • rubber duck
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    Have no doubt, the FED's easy money policies will continue. These markets are propped up by QE more than anyone realizes.
    27 Feb 2014, 08:11 PM Reply Like
  • VP of Common Sense
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    It is inevitable that we will have another recession and the market will fall at that time. Will you blame QE then too?
    27 Feb 2014, 08:31 PM Reply Like
  • quabbin
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    MSM has all eyes off the ball.
    27 Feb 2014, 09:45 PM Reply Like
  • rubber duck
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    If it does indeed happen and they ramp up QE again I would call it evidence of diminishing returns. See Japan for reference.
    27 Feb 2014, 11:23 PM Reply Like
  • cash
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    What an idiot she is! At this rate why should there be any reason for individuals/companies & ecoonomy as a whole to do well? The worse we do, the more free money that will be thrown at us. What more could we ask for? Free of work with free money courtesy Yellen.
    28 Feb 2014, 12:29 AM Reply Like
  • rcpatrick5443
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    Cash -


    What are your recommendations for economic policies that would be more successful than Yellen's?
    28 Feb 2014, 01:52 AM Reply Like
  • deytrader
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    Too much free money will *eventually* lead to lots of inflation which isn't good for individuals/companies. If there was no penalty to free money it would have been a no-brainer for all central banks.
    28 Feb 2014, 08:36 AM Reply Like
  • StopPrintinMoney
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    yellen-shmellen, just relax and BTFATH y'all
    28 Feb 2014, 12:35 PM Reply Like
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