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U.S. Stocks Are Quiet After Hours

Stocks were calm in after-hours trade Tuesday, following a solid finish in improved volume.

Investors will find no highly ranked stocks reporting late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Credit card firm Discover Financial (DFS) reported a loss of 22 cents a share in its fiscal Q1 ended in February, compared with a loss of 41 cents in the same period a year earlier. Analysts had been looking for a profit of 12 cents a share. Discover’s IBD Ratings lag those of its major peers, MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V).

Upcoming economic reports are also minimal. the only major news to watch before tomorrow’s open is the producer price index, which is scheduled to be released at 8:30 a.m. EDT. Consensus estimates for the month-to-month result are running at -0.2%. Excluding food and energy, analysts expect a rise of 0.1%.

U.S. Stocks Hammer out Session Highs at Close

Indexes ran to session highs as a late, strong volume push followed the Fed’s no surprise policy announcement.

The NYSE composite finished up 1%. the S&P 500 claimed a 0.8% gain. the Nasdaq composite and the Dow held gains of 0.7% and 0.4% each.

Volume ended solidly higher on both exchanges.

Heavy metal bike maker Harley Davidson (HOG) led the the S&P 500 after news reports said New York City based private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & co. was exploring a leveraged buyout. Reuters reported that both companies declined to comment on the news. Harley shares jumped 9% in heavy trading.

Clinical trial manager Parexel International (PRXL) gapped up to a 4% gain in big volume. the stock’s fourth straight advance put it at its highest level since October 2008.

On the downside, clothing and shoe retailer DSW (DSW) gapped down to a 9% loss in four times its average trade. the company reported fourth quarter sales above expectations, but earnings of 30 cents fell short of the 32 cent consensus.

U.S. Stocks back to Day’s Predominant Range

BY JUAN CARLOS ARANCIBIA

After spiking up after the Fed’s policy statement, the major indexes retreated to their predominant trading range of the day.

The NYSE composite led with a 0.7% gain late Tuesday. the Nasdaq and S&P 500 were up 0.4% and the Dow 0.2%. Volume was moderately higher, which bolstered the day’s advance.

Metal, homebuilding, semiconductor and some leisure-related industry groups were among the day’s best.

Hi-Tech Pharmacal (HITK) slid 3%. the generic-drug maker fell under its 50-day moving average Monday after reporting its latest quarterly results.

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FYI: RUE is a boxed stock in IBD. it is in the Retail # 1 sector. A/D rating a 99 composite. come again with the”Investors will find no highly ranked stocks reporting late Tuesday or early Wednesday.”They reported after the close 3-16-10.

U.S. Stocks Are Quiet After Hours