Category Archives: Federal Reserve

Stock prices higher Wednesday as Fed tweaks its interest rate guidance

Stocks rose broadly Wednesday, as the Fed found another avenue to tweak stock prices. The Dow Industrials were up about 75 points or 0.5% at 2:00, when the minutes to the March 18-19 FOMC meeting were released today. What was … Continue reading

Posted in Bonds, Federal Reserve, Stocks

Stocks end first quarter with a rally, as investors prefer Yellen 2.0

Stocks finished the first quarter of 2014 with a flourish on Monday, propelling the S&P 500 to within 0.5% of its all-time highs and boosting the NASDAQ Composite into positive territory for the quarter. The S&P 500 and the Dow … Continue reading

Posted in Bonds, Federal Reserve, Jobs, Stocks

Stocks edge lower Friday but end with nice gains for the week

For a week in which the Federal Reserve’s Janet Yellen signaled that higher interest rates may be closer than the markets thought, stock and bond prices fared reasonably well in this penultimate week of the first quarter.

Posted in Bonds, Federal Reserve, Stocks

Honeymoon’s over, as stock and bond prices go lower

Stock prices finished Wednesday lower, although off their lows for the day, on suggestions coming out of today’s FOMC meeting and Janet Yellen’s initial press conference that the Fed may begin raising interest rates sooner than markets had been expecting.

Posted in Bonds, Federal Reserve, Stocks

Stocks mostly higher on better jobless claims report

U.S. stocks were mostly higher but the major indexes mixed Thursday following a lower than expected unemployment claims figure ahead of Friday’s Labor Department jobs report.

Posted in Bonds, Europe, Federal Reserve, Jobs

Fed’s Beige Book cites gray weather

The latest “Beige Book” report on economic conditions in the 12 Federal Reserve districts showed “modest to moderate” growth in economic activity from January to early February, with bad weather a factor in many districts.

Posted in Facebook, Federal Reserve, Purchasing Managers' Index

S&P hits new record as Yellen says taper to continue

The fourth time proved to be the charm for the S&P 500 on Thursday as the index closed at a new record high after three failed attempts earlier this week.

Posted in Bonds, Europe, Federal Reserve, Jobs

Stocks, bonds little changed for the week; commodities gain

The Dow Jones Industrials and S&P 500 drifted lower Friday and for the week, on questions of monetary policy and a spate of weaker economic news – possibly on account of the weather.

Posted in Commodities, Energy, Federal Reserve, Housing

Stocks rally again on Yellen remarks, emerging markets

The major U.S. stock averages had their third 1%-plus gain in the past four sessions as Janet Yellen, in her first monetary policy testimony before Congress as the new Federal Reserve chair, pledged continuation of the Fed’s recent policies, including … Continue reading

Posted in China, Emerging Markets, Federal Reserve, Stocks

Markets calm ahead of Yellen’s debut

Stocks traded in a relatively narrow range Monday, a day with little economic news to digest and one day ahead of Janet Yellen’s first testimony to Congress as Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Posted in Apple Inc., Federal Reserve