DJIA Closes at Record High as Dow, S&P 500 Casually Ignore Taper

Michael Teague |

Last year, the mere mention of less stimulus dollars from the Federal Reserve had the power to send markets into fits of wailing and hand-wringing. On Wednesday, however, and despite GDP data suggesting that the US economy barely grew during the first quarter, the US central bank pressed ahead with cuts to its Treasury spending program, slicing off another $10 billion for the fourth consecutive month to $45 billion, a reduction that cuts the Quantitative Easing program to nearly half of what it was back in December.

The Dow edged to a new all-time finish by the closing bell with the help of 3M Co. (MMM) , Goldman Sachs (GS) , and oil giant ExxonMobil (XOM) addings around one percent each, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq were bolstered by tech stocks.

Results for Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Standard & Poor’s 500: +0.30 percent to 1,883.95

NASDAQ: +0.27 percent to 4,114.56

Dow Jones Industrial Average: +0.27 percent to 16,580.84

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●     Chinese copper producerLihua International (LIWA) was in free-fall during the day, with shares dumping half of their price after word got out that itsCEO was being investigated by Chinese authorities as well as Manhattan law firm Rosen.

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
ISR IsoRay Inc. 0.58 0.02 3.59 302,432
MMM 3M Company 178.29 2.41 1.37 1,577,562
GS The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. 240.22 -1.23 -0.51 3,823,671
QIWI QIWI plc 12.59 -0.06 -0.47 273,370
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation 88.65 0.33 0.37 4,299,173
CHSY China Medical Sys Inc 0.51 0.00 0.00 0

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