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Janet Yellen's Speech on Monetary Policy: Three Big Questions Answered

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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.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average Ends Week on a Bullish Note

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.

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Post-Market Report: Dow Jones Industrial Average Soars on Philly Fed Manufacturing 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.

Today's FOMC Meeting: Data-Dependent and Dovish

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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.

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Dow Jones Industrial Average Falls After Yellen's First FOMC Meeting

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.

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Today's FOMC Meeting Preview and Stock Market Report

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.

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Janet Yellen Testimony: Key Takeaways as Fed Stays the Course

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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.

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The Five Most Ridiculous Revelations from the Fed Hearings

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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.

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FOMC Meeting Today: What to Expect as Bernanke Exits

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting today will be U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's last before handing off the reins to Janet Yellen on Saturday.

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:

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Why the Fed Meeting Today Ended in a Taper

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The Federal Reserve shocked everyone when it announced it would taper its $85 billion-a-month bond-buying program by $10 billion starting in January. Even more shockingly, the markets soared on the news despite months of taper anxiety. It only makes sense when you look at everything the Fed had to say.

Here's why Wall Street is so thrilled, and what January's "taper" really means...

FOMC Meeting Today: Why the Fed Won't Taper

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Fed-watchers are pretty sure they know what the word on a Fed taper will be when the official announcement comes following the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting today and tomorrow (Wednesday)...

Wait a while longer.

While the U.S. Federal Reserve has hinted several times in the past six months that it is considering cutting back on its monthly purchase of $85 billion in bonds and mortgage-backed securities (known as quantitative easing, or QE), most expect no Fed taper in the immediate future.

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