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Some of Wednesday's midday movers:
Top U.K. hedge fund manager Sir Michael Hintze echoed consensus market forecasts in a relatively bullish 2014 outlook piece for clients.
Will Ben Bernanke announce a Fed taper?
Companies are making headlines before the bell Wednesday:
The Federal Reserve said Wednesday it would start to taper its bond-buying program to $75 billion a month.
There's a simple reason why QE hasn't been inflationary but too many monetarist economists can't see it.
It should be a slightly more hawkish Ben Bernanke presiding over his final meeting, even though many Fed watchers say odds are against a taper.
The U.S. Justice Department is preparing to file civil fraud charges against Citigroup and Bank of America's Merrill Lynch unit.
The Fed put is still very much alive. That, bulls argue, will be a major underpinning for stocks in 2014.
Companies are making headlines after the bell Tuesday:
JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon has sent out his holiday card, featuring his family and a lot of bouncing tennis balls, reported the news website Quartz.
Tuesday's midday movers:
Amazon never seems to be able to generate profits, says Paul Isaac, founder of Arbiter Partners, who's short the stock.
Buybacks are good news, but the increase in share repurchases may not be as impressive as it seems.
Ralph Nader has fought many battles against powerful interests and now says it's time for investors to band together to fight corporations.
A former candidate for governor of Oregon was sentenced to six years in prison for convincing investors he had access to shares of Facebook before its IPO.
Bond investors knows that a taper is coming. The big question now: What comes next?
The Pope is a critic of free markets, Lindsday Lohan is scaring America straight on Botox, and Jamie Dimon won't let his people work 365 days a year.
Companies making headlines before the bell Tuesday.
Stocks are being led by the dangerous "monetary manipulation" of the Fed's massive bond purchases, market watcher Jim Grant tells CNBC.