Wednesday, January 25, 2012

It's been a while since we've rallied on talk of the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing program, but that is what occurred today. There wasn't any specific plan mentioned for further easing in today's policy statement, but Chairman Ben Bernanke made it clear that the Fed is ready, willing and able to act should the economy falter.

Some might think that it was a negative that the Fed feels the economy is weak enough to justify keeping interest rates low until the end of 2014, but the prospect of endless cheap money had the bulls salivating.

This morning, it looked like the exceptionally strong report from AAPL wasn't going to do much to spark the broader market. In fact, the S&P 500 and the DJIA were trading in negative territory despite the stellar news. But a whiff of quantitative easing from the Fed was all it took to light a fire. Precious metals exploded higher, the U.S. dollar was hit hard, and oil and commodities ran as market players rolled out their QE playbooks.