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Stock rally builds as Fed chief pledges continuity

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Traders gather at a post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Aug. 27, 2013. (Photo: Richard Drew, AP)
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NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are ending sharply higher after the new Federal Reserve chief, Janet Yellen, said she will continue the central bank's policy of low interest rates.

Investors also welcomed news that Congress appears ready to raise the government's borrowing limit. That would avoid the kind of political drama that brought the government to the brink of default late last year.

The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 193 points, or 1 percent, to close at 15,995 Tuesday. The Dow has notched triple-digit gains in three of the past four trading days.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index climbed 20 points, or 1 percent, to 1.820. The Nasdaq composite gained 43 points, or 1 percent, to 4,191.

CVS Caremark rose nearly 3 percent after the drugstore chain's earnings rose.


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