US stocks open higher, building on Fed gains

US stocks open higher, building on Fed gains

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 18, 2014 at 7:51 a.m.


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NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is opening sharply higher, building on gains from the day before after the Federal Reserve indicated it was in no rush to raise interest rates.

The market is coming off its biggest one-day rise since October 2013.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 224 points, or 1.3 percent, to 17,580 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Thursday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 gained 26 points, or 1.3 percent, to 2,039.

The Nasdaq climbed 56 points, or 1.2 percent, to 4,700.

Energy shares rose the most as oil gained.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.21 percent.

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