Janet Yellen Falters During Speech, Receives Medical Attention, All-Clear Given

For those watching Janet Yellen's speech this evening, the fact that she seemed to struggle towards the end of her speech was a surprise. Now we know why...

  • **FED'S YELLEN GETTING MEDICAL ATTENTION AFTER SPEECH -REUTERS

It is hardly surprising given that she now carries the weight of the world's economic and market strength on her shoulders.

As MarketWatch's Greg Robb noted, Yellen faltered at end of her speech. Last page was agonizing. I don't think she felt well but she seemed better when she left the stage.

Bloomberg reports, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is resuming her planned schedule after feeling unwell toward the end of a speech she was giving Thursday at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Fed spokeswoman Michelle Smith said in an e-mailed statement.

“Chair Yellen felt dehydrated at the end of a long speech under bright lights,” Smith wrote. “As a precaution, she was seen by EMT staff on-site at U-Mass Amherst. She felt fine afterward and has continued with her schedule Thursday evening.”

But as you can see below, she really did not look well at all...

The initial reaction was a dive in stocks...

 

Fed Chair Janet Yellen is receiving medical attention after her speech at UMass, Reuters reports, citing an unidentified University of Massachusetts official.

Then this...

  • *YELLEN IS DEPARTING SPEECH EVENT, RESUMING SCHEDULE: U. MASS
  • *YELLEN IS HEADING TO A SCHEDULED DINNER - U. MASS SPOKESMAN

Some Twitterati suggested that perhaps she was just sick of her speech...

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All-Clear given... Buy!

  • *UMASS MEDIC RICE HELPED ATTEND TO YELLEN AFTER SPEECH
  • *YELLEN DIDN’T GO TO HOSPITAL, RICE SAYS
  • *YELLEN IS FINE, UMASS MEDIC SHAUNA RICE SAYS