The Federal Reserve's modest interest rate increase signaled a strengthening economy. The markets surged to close sharply higher with the Dow rocketing 224 points to 17,749. Nasdaq jumped 75 points to 5,071.
On the upside
Ford (NYSE: F) will begin testing its Ford Fusion Hybrid self-driving car in California in January.
Gold prices edged up to lift shares of Barrick Gold (NYSE: ABX).
On the downside
RPX (Nasdaq: RPXC) will pay approximately $232 million in cash to acquire Inventus Solutions.
Lakeland Industries (Nasdaq: LAKE) reversed year ago losses to post a profit for the third quarter but revenue fell short of expectations.
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 4 to 1 on the NYSE and by nearly 3 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 leaped 29 points to 2,073. Bitcoin fell $8 to $451.