U.S. stocks closed much higher Wednesday, helped by a bounce in oil prices, after the Federal Reserve took a less aggressive stance than expected. The Federal Reserve did raise interest rates, as expected.

The Dow Jones industrial average shot up 100 points following the statement release. UnitedHealth contributed the most to gains. Apple had the third-greatest positive impact on the Dow and hit a fresh intraday record. The Nasdaq 100 also touched a fresh all-time intraday high.

As Zerohedge reports, the reaction post-Fed was dramatic to say the least – the Dollar dumped and bonds, stocks, and bullion jumped higher in price…

 

VIX flash-crashed as The Fed statement hit…

 

The Dollar plunged to 6 week lows…this is the biggest daily drop in the Bloomberg dollar index since July 29th…

 

Emerging Market FX soared after The Fed – the best day since Feb 2016…

 

The Treasury yield curve steepened dramatically…

 

Gold outperformed post-Fed, as Bank stocks sank on the day…

 

Stocks all gained post-Fed, with Small Caps surging…

 

Thanks to a big short squeeze…

 

AUD is the big winner on the week as the USD got pounded…

 

Treasury yields remain higher since the first Fed hike in 2015 but notably (20bps flatter)…

 

Yields all tumbled across the curve after the rate-hike…

 

 

Dollar weakness sent commodities higher but they all remain lower on the month…

 

For now it appears what matters to The Fed is not ‘hard’ real economic data but ‘soft’ survey and confidence data…

 

Finally, we note that Goldman Sachs is down 8 straight days…

It has not suffered a longer losing streak since May 2008

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