Equities Staged the Biggest Rally of the Year Following the Release of the Minutes from the September FOMC Meeting.

Equities staged the biggest rally of the year following the release of the Minutes from the September FOMC meeting.  The Minutes stated “growth might be slower than they expected if foreign economic growth came in weaker than anticipated.”    The Fed also commented the rising value of the dollar could dampen inflationary expectations.

In other words, the Federal Reserve all but stated no change in monetary policy for the foreseeable future, hence equities retracing Monday’s entire drop.

To write the obvious, markets are lacking conviction perhaps the result of a meandering Fed.  As noted many times the Yellen Fed is faced with a daunting prospect of changing monetary policy from levels never yet experienced.  Mistakes will be made because lack of benchmarks.

After the markets closed, Alcoa posted considerably stronger quarterly results than anticipated, a function of strong demand and prices.   Moreover, its President stated Europe is not as bad as many believe, perhaps a direct contradiction to the Federal Reserve’s view.   Is this a harbinger of results to come?

Currently analysts expect a 4.9% increase in quarterly results and a 3.4% gain in revenues.

What will happen today?  Weekly jobless claims are released at 8:30.

Last night the foreign markets were mixed.  London was down 0.25%, Paris down 0.45% and Frankfurt up 0.22%.  Japan was down 0.75% and Hang Sang up 1.17%.

The Dow should open moderately lower perhaps on the realization that prices went too far too fast.  The 10-year is up 11/32 to yield 2.28%.

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