Last week, investors enjoyed the announcement and subsequent afterglow of the U.S. Federal Reserve's much-anticipated third round of quantitative easing. Chairman Ben Bernanke has kept QE3 open-ended, meaning the Fed will continue to buy various securities to push rates lower and hopefully spur investment. While this may not get the economy jump-started, given the uniqueness of the crisis, at least the Fed has stopped sitting on its hands and is doing what it can -- with limited ammunition left.
Today, all three major indexes are catching their breath. After topping multiyear highs, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
On the Dow, the profit-taking from last week can be seen in full effect. Two of the largest decliners are Bank of America
Off the Dow, all eyes are on Apple
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