Stocks, bonds rally after Summers exits Fed race

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Associated Press

Posted on September 16, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 16 at 8:02 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks and bonds are rising sharply in early trading after former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers withdrew from the race to become head of the Federal Reserve.

Summers had been expected to move aggressively to rein in the Fed's huge economic stimulus program.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 135 points, or 0.9 percent, to 15,512 early Monday.

The president is expected to nominate Ben Bernanke's successor as early as this month. The current front runner is Janet Yellen, the Fed's vice chair.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 14 points, or 0.9 percent, at 1,702. The Nasdaq composite rose 26 points, or 0.7 percent, at 3,747.

Bond prices rose, pushing yields lower. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.79 percent from 2.88 percent late Friday.

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