Major averages finished close to breakeven yesterday on mixed volume after rebounding from early weakness. Markets are anticipating the two-day Fed meeting which concludes this Wednesday. Markets are hoping St. Louis Fed President James Bullard's suggestion that the Fed should extend its bond-buying program past October will come true. Futures are currently up more than 0.5% as European markets rally due to strong earnings reports from heavyweights UBS AG, Novartis AG and BP PLC.
Should the Fed extend QE3 or announce a date for QE4, markets could rally. But it is also possible that even if the Fed ends QE3 with no mention of QE4, markets could interpret that as a sign of economic recovery and rally given that the Fed will attempt to further soothe markets by measuring their words carefully as they are fully aware that any verbal misstep could sends markets on a nasty correction course.
Inevitably, the Fed wishes to navigate through these treacherous riptide-riddled waters without undoing the huge gains quantitative easing has wrought since the program began in 2009 as their primary objective has been to insure a bona fide recovery of the economy. Unfortunately, if one looks under the economic hood, all is not well, and the odds the Fed is painting itself into a corner grows with each passing day.
Israeli commercial enterprise network security software provider CYBR had a pocket pivot yesterday. Group rank 2. We hold a position in this stock.