Stimulus to continue…

Stocks finished the week modestly lower despite the Federal Reserve extending its commitment to keep interest rates near zero. For the week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (chart) closed lower by 20.12 points, the Nasdaq (chart) -6.71 points, the S&P 500 (chart) -4.49 points and the small-cap Russell 2000 (chart) was one of the sole indexes that managed to eke out a gain finishing the week up 1.48 points.

On Wednesday the central bank enhanced its accommodative policies by now tying the near zero interest rate environment to the unemployment rate vowing that interest rates will not increase until the unemployment rate in our country moves down to 6.5%. I think this creative move surprised most economists for never before has interest rates been directly tied to the unemployment rate. However, the market reaction was less than impressive to latest addition that the Fed made to its policy. My beleif is that until we get some sort of deal out of Washington on the fiscal cliff, not too much will be able to move the needle on these markets. That said, once we have clarity on the fiscal cliff dilemma, I will continue respect the power of the central bank and its ability to remain a significant force in our economy and our markets. In the meantime I will pay close attention to how the market action looks vis-a’vis the technicals on the key indices, and will be ready to deploy a long bias strategy once the coast is clear, Good luck to all.

Have a great weekend 🙂