Stock Market Today: Dow Jumps 564 Points Ahead of October Jobs Report

The main indexes carved out a fourth straight win Thursday on hope the Fed is done raising interest rates.

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Stocks closed higher for a fourth consecutive session Thursday as investors took the Federal Reserve's Wednesday policy statement and subsequent words from Fed Chair Jerome Powell as signs the central bank is done hiking interest rates.  

The Fed yesterday held rates steady for a second straight meeting. After the policy statement, Powell said in his presser that the committee is "not confident" that it's done enough to bring down inflation, but that it's also "not confident" that it hasn't done enough. Many interpreted this as an indication that there will be no more rate hikes. According to CME Group, futures traders are now pricing in an 80% chance the Fed will keep rates unchanged at its next meeting in December – up from 54% one month ago.

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Karee Venema
Senior Investing Editor,

With over a decade of experience writing about the stock market, Karee Venema is the senior investing editor at She joined the publication in April 2021 after 10 years of working as an investing writer and columnist at Schaeffer's Investment Research. In her previous role, Karee focused primarily on options trading, as well as technical, fundamental and sentiment analysis.