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And St. Louis Fed President James Bullard also did not help the hawk cause, arguing that the Fed should continue its bond-buying program and that the recovery has been slower than expected.
Stocks rallied; bonds, which have been under pressure most of this month, also rallied; and the U.S. Dollar Index dropped.
Elsewhere: what's up with Saks (SKS)? Everyone is shocked it's up nine percent today, but it's a fairly straightforward story: they are getting revenue growth well above their peers. At 5.9 percent, that is growth about three times what was expected. Here's how it compares to its peers.
Department Store Sales Growth:
- Saks: 5.9%
- Macy's: 3.8%
- Nordstrom: 2.7%
This blowout top line is causing a short-covering rally (all these retailers are heavily shorted because the perception is their stock prices are peaking, and that home improvement stocks like Home Depot (HD) are more attractive).
Another factor in the big rally: shares outstanding declined 13 percent, so there is an aggressive buyback program.
—By CNBC's Bob Pisani