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Week Ahead: Fed to make important forecasts as stocks on 'precipice' of breaking out
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Mar 15, 2019 4:24 PM 1+ week ago

Jerome Powell, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaks during a news conference following a Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019.

The Fed's meeting is the big deal for markets in the coming week, and it is widely expected to send a message that investors in both bonds and stocks could find bullish.

But analysts in both markets say the Fed's message has been well telegraphed, and market response could be tepid or even a "sell the news" reaction.

The key for both markets will be what the economic data shows, after a series of weak reports. Thursday's regional Philadelphia Fed survey and PMI data Friday on manufacturing and the services sectors will be important. Existing home sales are also released Thursday.

"The first quarter has not exactly been a hallelujah quarter, and the Fed has to acknowledge that," said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton.

The Fed is ...

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