For bulls, today was the ultimate culmination of a sequence of events that started months ago. Ever since the European financial crisis started spreading out of Greece to larger countries,, like Italy and Spain, investors have been on edge, waiting for Europe to come to some consensus on how to handle the problems there. Today, the European Central Bank finally blinked and took action, agreeing to buy bonds in an effort to reduce the high interest rates that have Spanish and Italian investors so worried. Stocks around the world soared in response, and the Dow Jones Industrials
The most direct beneficiaries of the ECB's move were financial stocks, with JPMorgan Chase
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