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This is a discussion on Market News within the Analytics and News forums, part of the Trading Forum category; The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes were released today from the meeting that ended on December 18. While detailed, ...

          
   
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    The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes were released today from the meeting that ended on December 18. While detailed, not a lot of it was exciting. The biggest point of contention seemed to be around the outlook for inflation: Is below 2% inflation temporary, or not? That will be hashed out at subsequent meetings, but it was pleasant to see consensus about the reduction in the pace of asset purchases. The Committee weighed the marginal costs and benefits, and the ledger seems to favor a gradual diminution in asset purchases.

    There is disagreement about how the Fed can best enhance its forward guidance—that is, to signal to the public how it wants to proceed in terms of eventually increasing the federal funds rate. The asset purchases were one way to augment the Fed’s commitment to keep rates low. Setting an unemployment rate threshold and inflation threshold were other ways to enhance guidance. The move at the December 18 meeting to state that members expect a zero-rate target well after the economy reaches the 6.5% unemployment rate threshold was another step in the evolution of forward guidance.

    While the minutes may have been boring, they signal two important shifts for the Fed. One is about emphasizing inflation targeting over employment targeting. The other is in getting people comfortable with the Fed’s plan to target not only the federal funds rate but the overnight repurchase rate. These are two ways that the Fed could make monetary policy more effective, even as it gradually winds down its asset purchase program.


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    2014-01-08 19:00 GMT | [USD - FOMC Meeting]

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    XAUUSD M5 : 689 pips price movement by USD - FOMC Meeting news event


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      The pip cost for 50 ounces of Silver (minimum trade size) is $0.50 per pip
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    US economy may need to exceed full employment for inflation to rise, says Fed's Dudley

    The Federal Reserve may briefly allow the US unemployment rate to fall below what is considered sustainable in the long run in order for inflation to rise to the central bank's target, New York Federal Reserve bank president William Dudley said on Monday.

    "We need the economy to run a little hot for at least some period of time to push inflation back up to our objective," Dudley said at a conference organized by Bloomberg News. "I can certainly imagine a scenario where the unemployment rate dips a little bit below what we view as sustainable. That would be the mechanism to actually push inflation back up."

    He also said the steady rise in the dollar's value could complicate the Fed's job, potentially hurting US economic performance and pushing down inflation.

    Though the value of the dollar is not a policy goal of the Fed's, Dudley said it had to be taken "on board" as part of the central bank's economic forecast.

    The dollar softened on Monday as other major currencies recovered some ground after 10 weeks of gains by the dollar index, its longest winning streak since the greenback's free float in 1973.

    Even as the Fed prepares for its first interest rate increase in six years, Dudley's remarks reinforced the view that the central bank intends to keep policy accommodative until it is sure US labor markets have fully recovered.

    That first rate hike is expected next year, a policy change Dudley said he hopes can take place in order to being lifting rates from the zero level where they have remained for six years.

    But the Fed's economic projections forsee a slow evolution from there, with rates only approaching a normal level in 2017. Some individual members' projections also see the unemployment rate falling below the level considered consistent with stable prices.

    Dudley said a long list of forces has kept inflation tame, while there remains ample evidence of "excessive slack" in the US, and concern that workers sidelined by the financial crisis may lose the chance of ever returning to work unless the Fed keeps policy loose.

    "Inflation is quiescent for a very simple reason. We have excess slack in the economy," he said. "We are below the two-percent inflation target so that argues for more patience."

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    Markets Flat Early As Fed Decision, Yellen Press Conference Awaited

    It’s Fed day, and markets traded flat ahead of this afternoon’s announcement. While most economists don’t expect the Fed to make any interest rate moves today, futures markets are pricing in increases later this year, and investors await the Fed’s economic projections and policy statement Wednesday afternoon to get a better sense of how things might play out.

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    Can These IBD Stocks Push The SPY Even Higher?

    Now that Spyder Trust has surpassed $202 level with a Monday high of $203.04 investors seem to have lost much of their investing fear that they had in January. Still the severity of drop will likely keep many out of stock market until much later in year.The major swing in sentiment from a month ago along with recent narrowing of price ranges means it is not a time to be complacent. In "Three Sentiment Indicators Investors Should Follow" I suggested that there were three measures of investor sentiment that should be followed for signs that investors may have become complacent.One was the Rydex Cash Flow Ratio which has dropped from a peak of 1.38 on February 1st to a current reading of 1.05 which was a decline of 24%. Rydex Inverse S&P 500 2x Strategy Fund (RSTPX) has dropped over 18% from its February 11th high. The bullish% of individual investors according to AAII has risen from a January low of 17.9% to 37.4% last week. We get a new reading on Thursday and it could move to the 43%-45% area. The CNN's Fear & Greed Index has risen from a reading of 21 (Fear) to 73 which is now in Greed territory.Though the A/D lines have continued to make new highs the NYSE McClellan oscillator peaked at +328 on March 1st but has been diverging from prices since then as it is now at +55. Additionally the NYSE Composite, June S&P futures and iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) formed dojis on Monday so a close below Monday's lows will be a sign of weakness.These factors heading into the widely watched FOMC announcement and press conference are likely to cause an increase in volatility. Recently the initial reaction to the FOMC language has been reversed following day as rallies on the announcement have been met with selling the next day. In last week's "Bear Market Rally or More? I suggested that those who had some nice profits from the rally should consider taking some of those profits.Spyder Trust (SPY) is now down just under 1% for year but there are a number of stocks that are doing considerably better. Four stocks that are outperforming the SPY are also on the IDB Top 50 list but can they continue to lead the SPY higher?

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    Noteworthy Wednesday Option Activity: COTY, AGN, SHLD

    Looking at options trading activity among components of the Russell 3000 index, there is noteworthy activity today in Coty, Inc. (NYSE: COTY), where a total volume of 10,228 contracts has been traded thus far today, a contract volume which is representative of approximately 1.0 million underlying shares (given that every 1 contract represents 100 underlying shares). That number works out to 100.6% of COTY's average daily trading volume over the past month, of 1.0 million shares. Especially high volume was seen for the $30 strike call option expiring April 15, 2016, with 5,000 contracts trading so far today, representing approximately 500,000 underlying shares of COTY. Below is a chart showing COTY's trailing twelve month trading history, with the $30 strike highlighted in orange:

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    SunEdison Offers Another Excuse For Its Missing Financials

    SunEdison now blames delayed 10-k filing on IT and accounting control issue.

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    3 Dividend Growers To Buy Now And 3 To Sell Immediately

    Growth at a reasonable price, or GARP, is an investing strategy that blends value and growth investing. Instead of just buying a stock that’s cheap, or one that’s growing earnings fast, we look for stocks that appear decently priced with respect to year-over-year growth.

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