Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Fed Still On Hold

The Federal Reserve left interest rates on hold at the current level of 5.25% during the Federal Open Market Committee meeting today. The central bank noted the economy has been slowing, but is still expected to grow between 2.5% and 3% this year. As a result, they felt inflation is too high for their comfort level and still the number one threat to the economy.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average sprinted to another record close finishing at 13,369.29 for the session. The Standard and Poor's 500 added 4.86 points to close at 1,512.58, which is getting closer and closer to the record set in 2000, when the index reached 1,527.46. The Nasdaq composite index rose 4.59, or 0.18 percent, to 2,576.34. Of course, it is still far from the record set in 2000. Maybe someday, it too will surpass the old record, but I am not holding my breath for it to happen before the end of the decade.