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October 9th, 2009

Bernanke Speaks Dollar Listens

(Lee Siler) - Stocks futures are indicating a flat opening, on comments from Ben Bernake that is strengthening the dollar. The stronger dollar is causing commodity prices to drop as well in early trading.

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August 12th, 2009

Wall Street Looks For Fed Comments

(Lee Siler) - Stocks dropped for the second consecutive day on heavier trading. After four straight weeks of gains, the market is at risk of ending the week with losses, as the Fed concludes its two-day meeting this afternoon. This Fed is expected to leave interest rates alone, but it's the language the Fed uses that will be scrutinized. It's likely Ben Bernanke and Company will say that the economy is on more secure ground and the worst is probably behind us.

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June 25th, 2009

Commerce Department Releases 1st Quarter Revised GDP

(Lee Siler) - As the market continued to lack direction, the Federal Reserve announced that interest rates would be left alone for the foreseeable future. With the economy still at risk of a more significant downturn, monetary policy will remain status quot.

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June 24th, 2009

Fed Meeting Ends Today

(Lee Siler) - Stocks traded flat with a downward bias, while the Fed concludes its 2-day meeting today. Wall Street will be looking for any signal from the Fed with regards to the fate of interest rates. Obviously, rates are at historic lows, but as the economy tries to bottom there will be a need to tighten monetary policy. However, the question is when? Many economists think the Fed will have to start raising rates towards the end of the year to try and head off inflation. Keep in mind that the Fed Funds target rate is 0.00%-0.25%. That leaves a lot of room to ratchet up rates over the next several months.

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