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January 4, 2013
20:12 EDTImport Prices data reported.
December Import Prices at % vs. consensus of 0.1% for the month.
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March 18, 2015
14:13 EDTFed lowers 2015 GDP outlook to 2.3%-2.7% from 2.6%-3%
14:10 EDTFed still not decided on timing of initial rate increase
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14:09 EDTFOMC Meeting Announcement Federal Funds Rate data reported
FOMC Meeting Announcement Federal Funds Rate at 0 to 0.25% vs. consensus of 0 to 0.25%
14:09 EDTWeek of 3/27 MBA Mortgage Applications to be released at 07:00
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14:03 EDTFed reaffirms 0%-0.25% target rate for federal funds
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14:02 EDTFed wants 'further improvement' in labor market to raise rates
The Fed said in today's statement, "The Committee anticipates that it will be appropriate to raise the target range for the federal funds rate when it has seen further improvement in the labor market and is reasonably confident that inflation will move back to its 2 percent objective over the medium term. This change in the forward guidance does not indicate that the Committee has decided on the timing of the initial increase in the target range."
14:00 EDTFed removes 'patient' from policy statement
14:00 EDTFOMC T-minus 10 and counting:
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13:20 EDTFOMC Forecast revisions will be released alongside the policy statement
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12:50 EDTTreasury Action: curve flatteners continue to dominate ahead of the FOMC
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12:00 EDTTreasury Option Action: a slightly bearish bias
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11:30 EDTFX Action: USD-JPY has put in a nearly one-week low
FX Action: USD-JPY has put in a nearly one-week low of 120.87, with light stops reportedly kicking in on the move under 121.00. The pairing had been stuck inside of 121.10-20 since the N.Y. open. Ahead of the Fed, follow through is not expected, with talk of Japanese pension fund buying on dips noted.
11:25 EDTTreasury Option Action: mixed flows are the rule
Treasury Option Action: mixed flows are the rule in quiet pre-FOMC conditions, according to sources. These included bearish purchases of 2k in April 126.5/125.5/125 put butterflies and 5k in April 126/125.5 put spreads vs 10-year futures. And bullish purchases of 2.5k April 129/May 129.5 call diagonals and 10k May 129 calls vs a sale of 5k in May 128 calls, along with a sale of 5k in April 127 puts. June 10s are 9-ticks higher near 127-25 vs a 127-275 to 127-16 range with stocks lower into the Fed decision.
11:05 EDTFX Action: USD-CAD is back down flirting with the 1.2800 level
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10:40 EDTEnergy Action: Front month NYMEX crude fell
Energy Action: Front month NYMEX crude fell to $42.01, a new trend low following the EIA inventory data which showed a 9.6 M bbl rise in crude stocks. The street had been expecting a 4.0 M bbl increase. Meanwhile, gasoline supplies, seen down 1.0 M bbls actually fell 4.5 M bbls, while distillate stocks were up 0.4 M bbls, versus expectations for a 0.5 M bbl fall. Refinery usage rose to 88.1% from 87.8%. Crude futures had spiked to $42.85 highs just ahead of the data, likely as nervous shorts were covered during a period of low liquidity.
10:31 EDTCrude Inventories for the week of March 13
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10:25 EDTEnergy Action: Oil traders have been waiting patiently
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10:20 EDTU.S. VIX just inadvertently plunged
U.S. VIX just inadvertently plunged from highs of 15.87 to lows of 13.69 before rebalancing near 15.70 again, with details surely forthcoming. After predictions of increased volatility upon the lapse of "patience" by the Fed, this comes at a curious time ahead of the policy decision. That sent the VIX toward the lowest level of the month and is doubly dubious as a potential "fat finger" or "flash crash" trade as stocks opened lower, which should have supported vol.
09:45 EDTEuro$ interest rate options: mixed positioning ahead of the Fed
Euro$ interest rate options: mixed positioning ahead of the Fed decision follows yesterday's curve flatteners, with sources confirming a bearish purchase of 7.5k in Green April 77 puts and a bullish purchase of 2k in Front September 96/97/98 call butterflies. Underlying June 2015 futures are flat at 99.615, while the deferreds are 1-7.5 ticks firmer on the expectation that accommodation will remain part of the Fed's lexicon this afternoon given the economic pinch of the stronger dollar.
09:44 EDTSenate Energy & Natural Resources Committee to hold a hearing
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