Wednesday brought perhaps one of the least anticipated meetings of the Federal Reserve in recent memory, but the event still commanded the attention of investors around the world. Bernanke & Co. affirmed (as expected) a low interest rate policy, leaving equity markets mixed in afternoon trading. The ETFdb 60 Index, a benchmark measuring the performance of the universe of investable assets available through exchange-traded products, gained 0.91, or 0.1%, to close at 989.16.
Leading the charge on Wednesday was the iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund (EWZ), which gained 2.2% on increased appetite for risk and a stronger real. News of an active acquisition market also boosted Brazilian equities, as telecom giant Telefonica raised its bid for GVT Holding SA by a significant margin.
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