The markets skyrocketed after the Federal Reserve announced a drastic three quarters of a percentage point cut to the federal funds rate from 3.00% to 2.25%. The Dow jumped 420 points to 12,393 while Nasdaq leaped 91 points to 2268.
On the upside
Ultrapetrol (Nasdaq: ULTR) will repurchase up to $50 million worth of common stock through September 30.
In response to a sharp decline in its stock price, MF Global (NYSE: MF) issued a statement yesterday asserting that the brokerage is very well capitalized and that Joe Lewis, an investor in Bear Stearns (NYSE: BSC) who lost billions in the JPMorgan buyout offer, is not a client of MF Global.
On the downside
Shuffle Master (Nasdaq: SHFL) blamed higher costs for swinging to a loss for the first quarter.
Canaccord Adams downgraded Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB).
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of 8 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 3 to 1 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks leaped 31 points to 682.