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.
As a result, two things collided in the last 90 minutes of yesterday's trade: a clear indication that the economic recovery was strengthening and a classic "short squeeze," which merely added fuel to the fire.
As we approach the end of the year, that means the "Santa Claus rally" may have a bit longer to run.
But longer term, the market is now faced with less artificial stimulus next year and a gradual return to a market where direct pressures influence its direction.
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