Big Volatility on Fed Day
The S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) finished the day almost perfectly flat after some serious volatility.
After starting the day in a mild slump, stocks rallied after the release of the FOMC minutes from the last Fed meeting, but they quickly retreated.
While there wasn't anything particularly Earth-shattering in the Fed's report, market participants remain torn about the timing of the long-awaited tapering of the Fed's increasingly controversial QE activities, and there was no additional clarity given today. As a result, the market experienced a continuation of its wholesale confusion, and stocks and US Treasuries both sold off in reaction to the report.
In economics, wholesale trade came in lower than expected at -0.5% versus the 0.3% consensus.
Crude inventories fell by 9.9 million barrels, sending oil prices up 2.5% to $106.15. Gold finished the day up 0.2% after wild swings throughout the day.
The Bank of Japan did not announce any major changes to its monetary policy last night. The Nikkei 225 (INDEXNIKKEI:NI225) finished the day down 0.39%. Europe finished flat across the board.Tomorrow's Financial Outlook
Publicly traded retailers will release their same-store-sales numbers throughout the daytomorrow .
Initial jobless claims will be released at8:30 a.m. EDT tomorrow morning. The consensus is to see initial claims of 337K.
US import and export prices will be released at 8:30 a.m. EDT. Export prices are expected to see growth of -0.1%. Import price are expected to come in at 0.1%. The Bloomberg consumer comfort index will be released at9:45 a.m. EDTtomorrow . The US Treasury budget will be released at2:00 p.m. EDT tomorrow afternoon.
Bank of The Ozarks Inc ( OZRK ), Ceres Inc ( CERE ), Commerce Bancshares, Inc. ( CBSH ), Grupo Televisa SAB ( TV ), The Progressive Corporation ( PGR ) and Washington Federal Inc. (WAFD) will be reporting earningstomorrow .Twitter: @Minyanville