FOMC's Bag Of Tricks Is Empty... For Now - Full Statement Redline

Tyler Durden's picture

The FOMC statement once again had a little for everyone but critically lacked the all-important- "we'll print now and to infinity". Key headlines from the statement, via Bloomberg:

  • *FED SAYS ECONOMY `EXPANDING MODERATELY'
  • *FED SAYS INFLATION `HAS PICKED UP SOMEWHAT' ON ENERGY
  • *FED SAYS GROWTH TO STAY MODERATE, `THEN TO PICK UP GRADUALLY'
  • *LACKER DISSENTS FROM FOMC DECISION
  • *FED SEES `SIGNIFICANT DOWNSIDE RISKS'
  • *FED SEES `EXCEPTIONALLY LOW' RATES AT LEAST THROUGH LATE 2014

Pre-Fed price levels:

ES 1382, IG 98.6bps, HY $95.58, 10Y 1.97%, Gold 1639, EUR 1.3200, AAPL 609.5

Immediate Reaction

10Y +3bps, Gold -$10, ES -1pt, EUR -15pips, AAPL -$0.5

 

Full Statement Redline...

 

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maxmad's picture

taaaaa daaaaa!  The wizards got nothing!  Don't pay attention to the guy behind the curtain!

maxmad's picture

HMMMM.... Fed and Bernanke in a box... Can't announce QE3 because China immediately dumps the dollar on the news, or don't announce QE3 and then China begins their slow dump of the dollar

SheepDog-One's picture

Yep, painted themselves into quite a deep corner here.

flacon's picture

Intellectuals (pH Dees) at it again.... when will they ever learn "Do not fuck with us" ~ Tyler Druden

Surly Bear's picture
  • FED SAYS GOVERNMENT `EXPANDING MODERATELY'
  • FED SAYS GOVERNMENT EXPANSION TO STAY MODERATE, `THEN TO PICK UP GRADUALLY'
  • FED SEES `EXCEPTIONALLY LOW' RATES AT LEAST THROUGH MID-CENTURY
CrashisOptimistic's picture

They have indeed, but it's even more than most realize.

This was their last chance to maneuver this year.  From here on out it's too close to the election.  The Fed never dares big moves close to election day for fear of loss of independence and Congress cracking down on them.

This was it.  Nothing more can happen this year.

SheepDog-One's picture

Exactly, now its too late, far too risky to do anything for the rest of the year because if something were to go real wrong theres no time to try to fix it. $4 gas and hovering markets thru summer and fall election...lots of pissed off broke folks.

I was saying if they wanted to do anything they should have staged a market 'crisis' about 6 months ago, but nooooo they couldnt even do that. Every little market drop had to be immediately recovered by next morning. So now, we glide from NYC to L.A. with a engine left, and 1 wing, fuel tank pretty much dry....Good luck Ben, we're all countin on you.

SHEEPFUKKER's picture

Same shit different day.  

xtop23's picture

I love that. FED sees exceptionally low rates through "at least" 2014.

Translation; forever.

 

Thomas's picture

Lste 2014? How about never? Does never work for you Fed bozos? Excuse me while I go fondle my gold. You Fed wankers can fondle something else.

Id fight Gandhi's picture

Seems pretty clear they'll dangle the qe3 carrot as long as possible.

Christoph830's picture

Exactly.  Dangling QE 3 is essentially QE 3.  Why print when your words can have the same effect?

slaughterer's picture

Prepare for them to press "Eject" on silver.  

poor fella's picture

I'll be waiting for it with open arms and baited breath...

You do realize it will happen at a time when equities absolutely collapse? We're running out of small and manageable defaults.

scatterbrains's picture

The trick will be catching some with the credit cards into the collapse but before the system freezes and no one's able to use them until further notice.

Chump's picture

That's my plan.  Probably futile but it's worth a shot.

YesWeKahn's picture

Welcome to the united states of apples

Everybodys All American's picture

AAPL is the only thing saving this market right now and Bernanke.

pods's picture

Sweet.  Another 2+ years of a 2.5% mortgage.  

Of course, the inflation in all other aspects of life will more than make up for it.

pods

ACP's picture

They just need a drop before doing some more hard core pump action.

Usual MO.

Sans-culottes's picture

Root for Ben as if he is a college fratboy....instead of Chug Chug......PRINT PRINT PRINT....YOU CAN DO IT!

UTICA CLUB XX PURE's picture

Growth to staay moderate. Say what? Growth to stay moderate? LOL

YesWeKahn's picture

Their job is pretty easy: let the porn addicted secretary to type some text, then change it slightly on each meeting, job done and collect tax payer's money as salary

SoNH80's picture

Porn?  Nuh-uh, they just gossipin' about the new Deacon at the church on the phone, um-huh.  It's D.C., baby....

ForWhomTheTollBuilds's picture

And down goes gold.  Again...

 

Guess some honest market participant had to unload 5 million ounces at any price in one second....

It is a bargin my friend's picture

I am getting so pissed, they keep on kicking the crutch away from a one legged man, and its US banks that do, fucking wankers, may they rot in eternal pain every last one of them

e_goldstein's picture

Of course. Hedging or some such for their "clients" (victims).

Peter K's picture

It was rather Hawkish, I'd say. Wonder how the sellsiders will spin this one?

slaughterer's picture

Wonder how much laughter went into this statement.

Bernanke: "I think I will hold the fake QE hints for the presser.  Does everybody agree with that?"

LAUGHTER.

Peter K's picture

Here's the key sentence:

"The Committee expects economic growth to remain moderate over coming quarters and consequently then to pick up gradually."

I wonder how long it will take for this sentence to sink in? :)

Trajan's picture

Hahahaha, 'THEN to pick up gradually'....so when is THEN?? 2016?  hurry up, I mature in 10 years you ghouls....and gradually as in Spanish Bonds blowing by 6% 'Gradually'.... like that?

q99x2's picture

Mr. Market has his feet in cold water now

Quinvarius's picture

Low rates are all they need to support the banking system and keep the banks buying Treasuries.  There is really only a need to continue the printing program via low rates.  I am not really sure why people pretend this is not full blown printing press action behind a lace curtain.  It is being done in the worst possible way that will do nothing for the economy.  Pure inflation. 

poor fella's picture

Is there a word for 'Bank Supported Government'?

Seems to be the only business they're in. BTW, Lloyd "The Smelly Oily Alcohol Turd" Blankfein says GS doesn't need the discount window.

Lord Blankcheck's picture

"We were taking very little risk at the time" Lioyd B.

 

Yes that word is "Banktatorship"

 

 

poor fella's picture

Niiice, I like it!

The government and financial system are Saimese twins sharing a heart and brain. One of them isn't going to make it if we try for separation!!

trembo slice's picture

Exactly.  Do people (Krugman obviously doesn't based on his recent column) not understand that the way in which interest rates are held low is by a continual injection of "capital" i.e., freshly created dollars?  Keeping interest rates at near zero % is the means of inflation.

VonManstein's picture

PMs hardly moved.. the act is wearing thin

 

SheepDog-One's picture

'Moderate gradual improvement, with a great chance of severe downside risk'....gee, thats great...hey let's all pile into Apple!

SDRII's picture

No latency on gold raid. Must...get....oil....down....

 FT Alpha good mock up on the IEA apparatchiks assessments of stockpiling

http://ftalphaville.ft.com/blog/2012/04/25/973651/saudi-oil-puzzle-continued/

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

 

Still looking for this...

*FED SEES `EXCEPTIONALLY LOW' RATES 4-EVER!

SheepDog-One's picture

They have no other option, even raising rates to 1.5 would blow the whole thing to smithereens. They built the sand castle upon 0%, and have to keep it at 0%.

mayhem_korner's picture

 

 

Exactly.  Since they can't raise them now, how they gonna do it with another $3T of debt on the books? 

(Of course, the joke's on them in the end, as rates will rise even without their intervention.  Tee hee.)

slaughterer's picture

"Moderate gradual improvement, with a great chance of severe downside risk--except for Apple, which the committee agreed, is the only thing that will see no downside risk."

cougar_w's picture

Shorter Fed: We're busy bailing out Europe so leave us alone. In the meantime have some more ZIRP.

SheepDog-One's picture

We're trying to fill a bottomless pit over in Yurp, but its funny the more fake money we pour in the deeper the hole gets. HUH, imagine that!