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FOMC Meeting in Focus But No Big Changes Expected

Market players and analysts don’t expect a trumpet blast from the Federal Reserve Board’s Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting on April 29-30, anticipating that there won’t be any major changes in monetary policy. The FOMC has been tapering its quantitative easing (QE) program in swatches of $10 billion and analysts expect another cut by that amount to about $45 billion in bond buying. Markets are not expected to react much to the FOMC actions unless there is something unexpected. Several analysts emphasized there is no press conference scheduled Wednesday after the statement is released at 2 p.m. EST, which indicates the FOMC won’t be doing any heavy lifting. Some analysts are looking ahead to the June FOMC meeting as the time the committee might be more forthcoming on monetary actions.

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