The stock market paused as investors tried to figure out what to do following the Fed’s decision to hold steady on its stimulus for the economy. The Dow and S&P 500 pulled back from the record highs they set Wednesday. Gold, a haven for the nervous, had its biggest one-day jump since the financial crisis began in September 2008. surging 4.7% to $1,369.30 an ounce. The Fed said it needs more evidence the economy is improving before easing its stimulus. The question is whether stocks can continue their run-up, given the Fed’s dimmer outlook. The stock market is up 21% for the year and 155% since a recession low in March 2009. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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