The Dow Jones Industrial Average mounted a big comeback from its 2022 low as the Bank of England said it would buy bonds to stabilize its financial markets, a stunning reversal in the monetary tightening policies implemented this year by most central banks to stifle inflation.
The move stabilized the British pound, which became the center of attention in markets this week as it tumbled to a record low against the U.S. dollar. U.S. Treasury yields retreated from their highest levels in more than a decade, easing concern higher rates were choking the economy.
The Dow jumped 548.75 points, or 1.88%, to 29,683.74. The S&P 500 rose 1.97% to 3,719.04, one day after notching a new bear market low. The Nasdaq Composite was up 2.05%.
The Dow and the S&P 500 snapped a six-day losing streak. The Dow is now 19.7% off its 52-week high, while the S&P 500 is 22.8% below its record. The Nasdaq is down 31.8%.
The Bank of England said it would temporarily purchase long-dated UK government bonds in an effort to stabilize its plunging currency. Sterling recovered and was last trading 1.3% higher against the dollar at $1.0868.
The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield last traded at about 3.705% after earlier breaking above 4% for the first time since 2008.