The U.S. Federal Reserve stuck to its usual script today after the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. The Fed announced the expected $10 billion cut to its almost two-year-old bond-buying program and reaffirmed its intention to keep interest rates low for a "considerable" period of time.
The U.S. Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting will end today (Wednesday) with a statement release at 2 p.m. EDT, though it's not likely that the markets will be spooked by what has become a very predictable central bank.
U.S. markets today, July 10, 2014: Dow Jones futures today (Thursday) were down 142 points, S&P 500 futures slipped 16 points, and Nasdaq 100 futures fell 35 points as of 8:30 a.m. EDT.
European and Portuguese losses are dragging U.S. markets. Additional downward pressure comes from a delayed negative reaction to Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes released Wednesday, which revealed Fed plans to end its bond-buying program in October.
Silver prices began to flounder this week coming off impressive gains in the previous month, but the U.S. Federal Reserve provided a quick spark in afternoon trading Wednesday.
Stock market news today, July 9, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped more than 70 points on Wednesday following the release of minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee's June meeting and a strong second quarter report from aluminum giant Alcoa Inc. (NYSE: AA) to kick off earnings season.
According to S&P Capital IQ, analysts expect Q2 earnings from S&P 500 companies to grow by more than 6%. That's a strong gain from Q1's 3.4% in growth earnings.
The minutes from last month's FOMC meeting show that the Fed expects to end its bond-buying program by October. Just a few months ago the Fed said it could start raising interest rates six months after QE ended.
Markets shouldn't be too surprised when the minutes of last month's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting are released this afternoon, unless there is some change in the U.S. Federal Reserve's tune on interest rates or tapering.
U.S. markets today (Wednesday) rose sharply after the conclusion of the Federal Open Market Committee's (FOMC) June meeting. As expected, the Fed announced it would taper another $10 billion from its monthly bond-purchasing program and that interest rates would remain low in order to incentivize job development and economic growth.
Here's the scorecard from today's trading session:
DOW: 16,906.62 (+0.58%)
S&P 500: 1,956.99 (+0.77%)
NASDAQ: 4,362.84 (+0.59%)
The two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting wrapped up today (Wednesday) with the U.S. Federal Reserve revising down its previously more optimistic economic growth forecasts, and reinforcing expectations that interest rates will climb faster than what was previously anticipated.
Today's hot stocks: While the FOMC meeting took center stage on Wall Street today, a number of stocks moved on earnings, company developments, and analysts' actions.
Featured on Wednesday's hot stocks to watch list is an economic bellwether hitting an all-time high, a biopharmaceutical company surging on a promising treatment for lung infections, and a biopharma skyrocketing in its IPO.
Gold, silver, and the FOMC meeting today: Precious metal prices were fairly steady Wednesday morning awaiting the typically market-moving statement from the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting today. The spot gold price was last trading down $0.90 at $1,271.50. July silver prices were last quoted up $0.003 at $19.735 an ounce.
Over the last several years, investors have shown a keen interest in shiny assets as the U.S. Federal Reserve liberally printed money and distrust in dollars grew. But that interest has waned as the Fed slows its bond buying.
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.