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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has indicated that the hurdle for QE3 (a third round of quantitative easing) is very high. Other Fed governors have echoed this sentiment and, given the QE2-backlash from politicians and the recent ramp in commodity prices, the Fed wouldn't consider more easing unless deflation emerged and a double-dip recession loomed. ...A report from TheStreet.
The S&P recorded today its longest daily consecutive drop since the six-day ended losing streak of February 23rd, 2009. The last time that the S&P and Dow were down for six straight days in a row at the start of a month simultaneously was on October 8th, 2008, at the height of the financial crisis.
Stocks finished lower for the sixth-consecutive session Wednesday as investors worried over a slowing recovery following Ben Bernanke's grim outlook and after the Fed's latest Beige Book, which showed signs of a slowdown in several regions.
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I have to differ with those who say Bernanke tanked the market in Tuesday's remarks to the International Monetary Conference. My read is he's throwing the market a bone, not taking one way.
Stocks were poised to close lower for the sixth-straight session Wednesday amid concerns over the recovery following Ben Bernanke's grim economic outlook and after the Fed's latest Beige Book stated that several regions showed signs of a slowdown.
The S&P 500 is now 6% off the multi-year high it closed at on April 29. It continues to be a broad-based pullback too. For the month so far, none of the Dow 30 stocks are up, just 2% (or 10 stocks) in the S&P 500 is up, and all of the 10 S&P 500 sectors are down more than 2%.
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