Investors wanted a sign, and the Federal Reserve delivered. With the Fed's announcement of new quantitative easing, the stock market soared, despite the move having been telegraphed well in advance. With low interest rates locked in at least through mid-2015, investors have apparently decided that stocks represent the only reasonable place to put their money. By the day's end, the Dow Jones Industrials
But some of those Dow components didn't take full advantage of the Fed's largesse. Microsoft
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When the Dow soars, even rising stocks can be disappointing if they don't fly as high. Still, the long run brings different results for patient investors. You still have to do your homework, though. For instance, General Electric may have an engine problem today, but it has been through tough times before. Is GE still a smart long-term investment? Find out by reading our premium report on GE today.