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US Stocks, Bonds Fall After Fed Cuts Stimulus

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March 19, 2014 AT 12:06 PM
Stocks are closing lower after the Federal Reserve said it would cut back further on its economic stimulus. The central bank and its newly installed Chair Janet Yellen also suggested the Fed was moving closer to raising interest rates. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 11 points.The Dow Jones industrial average dropped losing 114 points. Financial stocks including Bank of America rose as investors anticipated higher interest rates would mean higher earnings from lending at major banks.