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Markets are looking for another handout from the Fed, so whatever Fed Chair Janet Yellen says or does not say Friday will be a big deal.
Stock futures surged Friday morning amid speculation the Fed will step in and revisit its quantitative easing program if markets become too tumultuous. Earnings was also a positive catalyst. General Electric jumped more than 3 percent after reporting earnings, and Morgan Stanley was also higher after its report.
Stocks bounced back Thursday after a rough opening, with the ending the day less than a point higher, and the Nasdaq up 2 points. The Dow was off 24 points, but the small cap Russell 2000 was up nearly 1.3 percent.
St. Louis Fed President James Bullard was credited with the turnaround, when he said the Fed should consider continuing to buy bonds beyond the scheduled end of quantitative easing later this month, due to market turmoil.
"The market was looking for a lifeline. It found one in his comments," said Mark Luschini, chief investment strategist at Janney Montgomery. As for Yellen, he does not expect her to say anything new or stray from recent remarks.
Yellen speaks on economic opportunity at the Boston Fed's 58th Economic Conference Friday at 8:30 a.m., but she is not expected to take questions. The conference focus is on inequality of economic opportunity. Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren is also speaking there and appeared earlier Friday in an exclusive interview on "Squawk Box."