Focus returns to Fed statement

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Focus returns to Fed statement. U.S. stock markets are in the midst of a 'patient' panic ahead of Wednesday's Federal Reserve statement, when many investors expect a change in the Fed's language that would send the clearest signal yet that a rate hike is coming soon. The S&P 500 has fallen 2.6 percent since February's stronger-than-expected jobs report a week ago boosted expectations for an interest rate increase as soon as June. Most economists expect her to erase that word as a precursor to starting rate hikes in June, according to a Reuters Poll. Fed fund futures contracts, however, show futures traders still expect the first increase in September, putting just 19 percent odds on a June rate hike, compared with a 58 percent probability for September, according to CME Group FedWatch. Read the full article: (VIEW LINK)


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