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Just minutes ago, the Federal Open Market Committee released the minutes of last month's meeting. That meeting was closed watched by investors as Fed Chair Janet Yellen testified before Congress. All ears were listening for any change in the verbiage regarding the Fed's policy toward future interest rate hikes: a move that is designed to put the brakes on an overheated economy and the dangers of price inflation.
Since that meeting, the S&P has been treading water. Investors are equally divided. Bulls take solace in the idea that the Fed will delay interest rate hikes until next year. Bears think the economy is faltering and ready to contract. The bears were bolstered by last Friday's dismal nonfarm payroll numbers. But the bulls have able to keep a bid under every dip, certain that weak economic data keeps the Fed's hands tied.
Thus it was with heightened interest that many in the fin-news community approached this afternoon's release of the minutes. Here is what you need to know:
The summation of the minutes can be read in the following quote:
“There are strong arguments for being a little on the late side,” in raising rates, New York Fed President William C. Dudley said earlier Wednesday in New York.