Fed's Surprise Rate Cut Resuscitates Canadian Stocks

European and Asian stocks ended mixed ahead of the dramtic move by Greenspan & Co.

Canadian stocks closed solidly higher after the Fed surprised the market with a 50bp cut in Fed Funds rate and a 25bp cut in discount rate. Many had expected an intra-meeting move, but not at this time and of this magnitude. Industrial Products led the way higher, followed by Utilities and Financial Services. S&P believes the move is largely political and meant to reassure the incoming U.S. Administration that the Fed is vigilant. GoCs lower in profit taking along with Treasuries. GoCs, which had moved higher in anticipation of rate cut, lower in profit taking.

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