U.S. stock indexes dodged a bullet to an extent today. Let's just say the markets have a savior, and that savior's name is the U.S. Federal Reserve. On a day where markets sat well under their opening prices, commentary emerging from the Fed's meeting at the last month's end helped to reverse Mr. Market's mood. At midday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
Apparently in its most recent session, many members of the Fed's policy-setting committee showed a willingness to provide extra monetary stimulus should the American economy remain mired coming into the end of the year. Not exactly the kind of earth-shattering news that we like to see move markets, but this could provide a nice tailwind for investors, or at least help to limit downside risk as we approach 2013. However, we like to have more than the Fed driving our stock's gains, so let's look at a few of the day's most prominent storyline's affecting individual equities.
Around the markets
Today's news cycle brought major swings in several prominently featured stocks in Fooldom, most notably shares of PC powerhouse Dell
Similarly, Chinese search juggernaut Baidu
At the end of the day, single-day market swings matter very little. While it's crucial to stay up to date on the goings-on with your holdings, concentrating on finding and buying stocks with the makings of long-term winners more often than not generates a more favorable outcome. The Fool recently identified three Dow stocks that have all the makings of longtime winners, and you can access the research note for free. Investors interested in specific companies mentioned in this piece should check out our new premium report on Baidu.