I am currently editor of Reuters U.S. Markets; former writer of WSJ's MarketBeat Blog, author of Never Buy Another Stock Again.

Moving Averages, Moving Targets

blogs.reuters.com — It's starting to get difficult to keep track of the reasons for big selloffs, especially when the bond market and stock market engage in an all-out barf-fest simultaneously. The markets remain in a bit of a vacuum right now.

Moderation out of Atlanta

blogs.reuters.com — The Federal Reserve certainly confused investors enough on Wednesday, as people alternately pointed to the statement, the "patience" brouhaha, the dot matrix of where it expects rates to go, and the labor market for everything it was thinking about or not thinking about, so it will be a welcome sign to see a few Fed speakers come out and clarify (or maybe muddy up) what the central bank is thinking right now.

The Fed and Wages

blogs.reuters.com — So now what? The biggest surprise from the Federal Reserve's statement on Wednesday was that the committee argued for more improvement in the labor market before it would feel comfortable with starting to raise interest rates. With that in mind, the recent news that Target is raising its minimum wage to $9 an hour is comforting in this regard.

Fed taking it slow, giving markets a reason to hit the accelerator

uk.reuters.com — (Reuters) - If the opposite of a tantrum is a happy dance, then that's just what stock and bond markets performed on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve sounded less likely to act aggressively in raising interest rates than investors anticipated.

Better Fed than Dead

blogs.reuters.com — Headed into the Federal Reserve decision this afternoon, there's been a decided shift in positioning in the fixed-income markets and conviction in terms of investor positioning.

Ups and Downs

blogs.reuters.com — Monday's activity in equities was likely the last major bit of volatility that investors will see before the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting on Wednesday, so we're entering into a bit of a quieter period for the next day-plus.

Doubling Down

blogs.reuters.com — By this time, it's safe to say the market is starting to gear up for the Federal Reserve and its coming meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday. It is expecting the Fed to remove the word "patient" from its statement that will indicate a plan to raise rates by the beginning of the summer.

When You Wish Upon a Star

blogs.reuters.com — The day is filled with a number of events, most of which couldn't overwhelm the entire market, but remain important in their own right as both sentiment indicators and as signals of where demand is going for particular assets: -Corporate news, to begin with: The earnings season is over, and we're not at pre-warnings season yet (thank goodness), but there's still activity to be aware of.

Outpost in the Ukraine

blogs.reuters.com — The International Monetary Fund will decide later in the day whether to approve a big package of bailouts for Ukraine - provided the country, struggling with the sharp decline in oil prices and the conflict with its much larger neighbor Russia (and a weak economy to boot), can figure out a way to get about $15 billion from its creditors, in order to keep its debt-to-GDP low enough so that the IMF doesn't feel like it's sticking its neck out too far.

The Bull Market Ripens

blogs.reuters.com — Bull markets do not die of old age, as the saying goes, and with this current bull celebrating its sixth anniversary, that's something investors are keeping well in mind.
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