World Stock Markets, Gold, Boosted By Dovish FOMC Statement Wed. PM

Global stock markets were mostly firmer overnight in the wake of a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting that produced a statement most of the markets deemed as leaning to the dovish side of U.S. monetary policy. Recent corporate earnings reports have also been mostly upbeat. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward higher and record high openings when the New York day session begins.

Gold is posting solid gains Thursday in the wake of the dovish Fed statement that pushed the U.S. dollar index to a 13-month low. Reports overnight said India is moving to make "paper" gold (such as sovereign gold bonds) more attractive to its domestic investors, in order to reduce demand for actual gold bullion.

Traders and investors have mostly digested the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee meeting (FOMC) that ended Wednesday afternoon.

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