Top financial news today, June 18, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose marginally on Tuesday despite a swath of disappointing data, including higher inflation and poor housing numbers. Wednesday is gearing up to be one of the busiest news days in recent months for the financial markets.
The U.S. Federal Reserve will convene its two-day Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting today (Tuesday), its fourth of the year and the third with Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen in charge.
The FOMC is expected to announce a further reduction in the Fed's ongoing asset-buying program, but the real question is where short-term interest rates are headed.
On Wednesday, Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald appeared on CNBC's "Closing Bell"for a roundtable discussion of the April Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.
Take a look and find out why Fitz-Gerald became "concerned the Fed is underestimating key factors" when he saw the FOMC meeting minutes - and how investors should approach the market in these uncertain conditions...
Janet Yellen gave her first speech on monetary policy today (Wednesday) since assuming her position as chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve on Feb. 3, 2014.
While cautioning that the economy still needs the central bank's support, Yellen stated that the nation's economic recovery will be nearing completion within two years.
At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined slightly by 0.19% to close at 16,300.45; for the week ending today (Friday), March 21, 2014, the Dow gained 1.45%, or 232.83 points.
The S&P 500 hit an intraday all-time high before falling to close down 0.29% at 1,866.60. The Nasdaq fell 0.98% to finish at 4,276.79. Silver prices recovered after a tough response from the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting on Wednesday.
Here's a recap of today's top stock market news.
The markets roared today after the Philadelphia Federal Reserve announced better than expected news in its area manufacturing figures.
At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 108.88 points to finish at 16,331.05. The Nasdaq increased 11.68 points to finish at 4,319.29, while the S&P 500 added 11.24 points to close at 1,872.01.
The end of today's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting included fresh dovish language in its policy statement - but the market-friendly attitude failed to excite investors who were hoping for more.
As widely expected, the U.S. Federal Reserve announced it will stay the course on its bond tapering. Anticipated - but not as expected - the policy statement shed some light on eventual interest rate hikes.
The markets crumbled today after the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) indicated a dovish approach to economic policy. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 114 points to finish at 16,222. The Nasdaq slumped 25 points to finish at 4307, while the S&P 500 lost 11 points to close at 1860.
The FOMC moved the goal posts on Wednesday, altering its view of when the central bank should raise interest rates. At its first meeting with new Chair Janet Yellen at the helm, the committee elected to trim its asset-purchasing program (quantitative easing) by another $10 billion to $55 billion per month.
Today's stock market report, Mar. 19, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.55% on Tuesday to finish at 16,336.19. The S&P 500 added 0.72% to end the day at 1,872.25, while the Nasdaq jumped 1.25% to close at 4,333.31.
U.S. stock futures are up this morning as markets remain calm but guarded over Russian President Vladimir Putin's assurances on future intervention in Ukraine. Nonetheless, global markets were up and down ahead of today's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting announcement at 2:30 p.m. EST.
What stands out most from the Janet Yellen testimony Thursday to the Senate Banking Committee is that her remarks mirrored comments made on Feb. 11 in her first monetary policy testimony to a House panel.
Speaking on Capitol Hill about the Semiannual Monetary Report, Yellen repeated that the central bank is likely to maintain its approach of progressively trimming asset purchases. The taper will continue even as policy makers monitor data to determine if the recent spate of soft economy data is temporary or something more serious.
On Friday, the U.S. Federal Reserve released the transcripts from its vital meetings over the state of the U.S. economy from 2007 through 2009.
The transcripts provide a staggering glimpse into the world of a central bank in crisis, or at least the inability for all parties concerned to grasp the problems at hand.
Here are the five most ridiculous takeaways from the Fed Reports.
With our eye on the opening bell, here are five stories to watch in the stock market today:
Market News, Jan. 30:
The Federal Reserve went forward with its taper plans yesterday, announcing it would reduce its bond-buying by $10 billion per month. But that is no guarantee the Fed will continue to taper, especially if the economy falters. And now that the Fed has a new chief in Janet Yellen,
As Bernanke sits in for his last meeting this week, we answered three of the most commonly asked questions our readers have been sending us about today's FOMC meeting and the possible outcomes:
Now that we have the minutes from the Fed's December policy meeting, we can figure out what they have in mind for 2014, right? Unfortunately, no. In fact, Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald thinks the FOMC members are "making it up as they go along."