All eyes and ears were on hold today until Fed Head Jay Powell’s afternoon news conference, which turned out to be pretty much a non-event. US stocks zigged and zagged to close near the highs of the day. The DJIA advanced 160 points (0.6%) and the NASDAQ surged 140 points (1.3%). Gold zoomed to a new record high of $1,980.

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