Investors largely expected the FOMC to cut rates by a quarter point.The Fedread more
The interest on excess reserves now stands at 1.8%, a 30 basis point cut compared with the 25 basis point reduction for the benchmark funds rate.The Fedread more
The decision to cut rates followed a monthslong pressure campaign by Trump, who often criticized Chairman Jerome Powell by name as he called for lower interest rates.Politicsread more
Stocks traded lower on Wednesday as traders digested the Federal Reserve's latest decision on U.S. monetary policy.US Marketsread more
The Federal Reserve dialed up its growth expectations slightly while keeping its inflation projection unchanged.Marketsread more
This is a comparison of Wednesday's FOMC statement with the one issued on July 31 after the Fed's previous policymaking meeting.The Fedread more
Ahead of the Fed's 2 p.m. announcement, many economists were forecasting one further cut in 2019, but some investors were hoping for two more this year.The Fedread more
The Fed has become increasingly divided, with three officials voting against the Fed's quarter-point cut to the fed funds target rate range.Market Insiderread more
For consumers, lower rates do mean cheaper loans, which can impact your mortgage, home equity loan, credit card, student loan tab and car payment. n the flip side, you'll earn...Personal Financeread more
Gold edged lower on Wednesday but held about the key $1,500 per ounce level after the U.S. Federal Reserve decided to cut interest rates.Futures & Commoditiesread more
The "Fast Money" traders shared their first moves for the market open.
Pete Najarian was a buyer of Diamondback Energy.
Tim Seymour was a buyer of Intel.
Karen Finerman was a buyer of Apple.
Dan Nathan was a seller of the Utilities ETF.
Trader disclosure: On December 6, 2018 the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC's "Fast Money" were owned by the "Fast Money" traders: Pete is long calls ACWC, ARNC, BX, CAKE, CL, DVN, ECA, EEM, EWZ, FANG, HD, KNX, MDR, OIM, PG, PYPL, SPY, VXX, WWE, XLF, XME. Pete is long stock AAPL, ABBV, AMP, BAC, C, CAT, CVS, CVX, DIS, DVA, EBAY, FB, FUL, GM, HD, HLT, IBM, INTC, JPM, KMI, KO, LEN, LOW, LULU, LVS, MRK, MSFT, MU, NFLX, NSC, PEP, PFE, PII, RF, STZ, TEX, TGT, UPS, UPWK, USB, XOM. Pete is long GE, XOP puts. Karen Finerman's firm is long ANTM, C, CBS, FB, FDX, FL, FNAC, GOOG, GOOGL, GLNG, GMLP, JPM, KORS puts, LYV, SPY puts, SPY put spreads, TBT, URL, WIFI. Her firm is short IWM. Karen Finerman is long AAL, BAC, BOT Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, C, CAT, CBS, DAL, DVYE, DXJ, EEM, EPI, EWW, EWZ, DVYE, FB, FL, GM, GMLP, GLNG, GOOG, GOOGL, JPM, LOW, LYV, KFL, KORS, KORS calls, MA, MTW, PRCP, SEDG, SPY puts, TACO, WIFI, WFM. Karen Finerman is long FB, GOOG, GOOGL spread calls. Karen Finerman is short KRE, TBT calls. Karen Finerman is long SPY puts. Bitcoin and Ethereum are in her kids' Trust. Karen bought PRCP. Dan is long QQQ Dec put spread. Long XLF Dec put spread. Long BOX Jan call. Long INTC Jan call spread. Tim Seymour is long ACBFF, AMZA, ACB, APC, APH, BABA, BAC, BIDU, BX, C, CCJ, CGC, CLF, CMG, CNTTF, CRON, CSCO, CWEB, CX, DAL, DIS, DPZ, DVYE, EEM, EUFN, EWM, FB, FXI, GE, GILD, GM, GOOGL, GTII, GWPH, HAL, HK.APH, HYYDF, INTC, ITHUF, JD, KHRNF, KSHB, LEAF, MAT, MCD, MJNE, MO, MOS, MPEL, MPX, MRMD, NKE, OGI, ORGMF, OTC, PAK, PHM, PYPL, RH, RL, SBUX, SQ, STZ, T, TER, TIF, TGOD, TRSSF, TRST, TWTR, UA, UAL, VALE, VIAB, VOD, X, XRT, YNDX, 700. Tim is on the advisory board of Tikun Olam, TGOD, CCTV, and MJ Holdings. Tim is short IWM, RACE, SPY. Tim's firm is long CGC, HEXO, TLRY, CRON, APH.