And the Dow jumped by almost 300 points.
Now, the taper itself is small to start - just a $10 billion reduction for the month of January. But the announcement was coupled with a pledge to keep the Fed funds rate at zero beyond the 6.5% unemployment threshold.
and it's going to change global markets in a fundamental way...
Best Investments 2014: How to Profit from the Budget Deal
The budget deal that passed the Senate yesterday (Wednesday) is a breakthrough for a Congress better known for its partisan gridlock, but hidden in the details is one of the best investments of 2014.
The deal represents a sharp shift for a Congress that experienced a shutdown earlier this fall and did little to compromise over values or spending for the better part of six years.
Here's a clue: It's energy-related...
Best Oil Stocks to Buy as U.S. Jumps to World's Top Oil Producer
It's time to look at oil stocks to buy as the United States gets ready to surpass the world's biggest oil producers.
Earlier this month, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reported that the United States will jump past both Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world's top oil producer by 2015.
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Oil Stocks: This Disconnect Spells Even Bigger Profits
p>There is something very interesting developing in the oil markets right now.
It's not front page news yet, but it is something that you'll want to keep an eye on - especially if you want to make money with oil stocks.
It revolves around what's called "the spread." In this case it's the difference in price between West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent.
Once again, the price of these two oil benchmarks is moving in opposite directions. The price of crude in New York is going south, while the price in London is heading north.
In fact, as of open this morning, the spread between the two now stands at 15.6% of the WTI price and continues to widen. In the last week, this spread has almost doubled.
You need to make your move before everyone else realizes what's happening...
How to Play Oil Prices Today
Money Morning Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors appeared on FOX Business this week to discuss the effects of the Syrian crisis on oil prices today.
The first question is whether oil prices will continue to go up, and if they do, for how long? Moors defines the forces involved and predicts the path of future movements in oil prices.
Best Investments in Energy: It's a Race for Profits in the Utica Shale
Find out how you can invest in this hot spot where energy industry honchos are investing billions of dollars.
Prolific U.S. shale regions have delivered some of the best investments in energy over the past few years - and now there's another state set to join the Frackers' Club.
Ohio finds itself sitting atop the deep Utica Shale formation, a source of unconventionally derived oil and natural gas.
In fact, roughly the entire eastern half of the state lies on top of the formation. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), that portion holds most of the Utica Shale's oil resources.
The natural gas assessment units - land where the USGS believes there to be energy resources - run farther to the north, south, and east of Ohio, going down into West Virginia and Kentucky, across into Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York and up across the Canadian border into Ontario and Quebec - much of the immense, ancient Appalachian Basin.
There's Only One Thing About Syria That Matters to Americans
Let's talk about Syria and how what's happening there is affecting the markets.
I see oil rising to two-year highs. I see gold rising to three-month highs. Let's see, what else is being affected? Oh, that would be nothing.
And today we find out that, with a touch of some levers somewhere, U.S. GDP growth wasn't really 1.7% in the second quarter, it was really 2.5%.
Let's talk about the GDP growth revision and how that's affecting the markets.
I see oil coming off its Syria-inspired spike and gold giving up some recent gains. Let's see, what else is being affected? Oh, that would be nothing. Well, maybe bonds just a bit.
What's Behind July's 9% Rise in Crude Oil Prices
U.S. crude oil prices finished the month of July on a very positive note. Front-month futures ended July at just above $105 a barrel.
That put those futures up about 9% for July, the largest one-month gain for crude oil in 11 months.
Another Shoe Has Dropped… and It's a Big One
I wasn't more than 30 minutes outside of D.C. the other night before my cell phone started ringing.
The calls involved breaking new developments overseas that promise to have a big impact on the global energy markets. They concerned a major global energy situation that is likely to create a domino effect that will have consequences for U.S. domestic policy.
The Next Best Investments in Oil Come From This Texas Sweet Spot
As I wrote up this analysis of the best investments in oil, a familiar saying came to mind: "Everything old is new again."
A truer statement could not be said about the Permian Basin, which is a geological formation roughly 300 miles long and 250 miles across that stretches across west Texas and eastern New Mexico.