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MarketWatch MarketPulseSep 18, 2019
Stocks open slightly lower ahead of Fed decision
U.S. stocks edged slightly lower at the opening bell Wednesday, as investors awaited the conclusion of a Federal Reserve policy meeting that's expected to deliver another quarter-point rate cut. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 88 points, or 0.3%, to 27,023, while the S&P 500 lost 9 points, or 0.3%, to trade at 2,997. The Nasdaq Composite declined 19 points, or 0.2%, to 8,167. While the Fed is expected to cut rates when it concludes its meeting, investors will be watching for signs the Fed is ready to deliver further easing in coming months. Shares of FedEx Corp. dropped 12% following a disappointing fiscal first-quarter earnings report and full-year outlook.

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MarketWatch MarketPulseSep 18, 2019
Fed funds rate trades at 5 basis points above target range
The fed funds rate traded on Tuesday 5 basis points above the upper bound of its target range between 2.00% to 2.25%, according to Federal Reserve data released Wednesday morning. The recent climb in overnight repurchasing rates, used by hedge funds and other leveraged investors to finance their trading operations, has resulted in a knock-on increase in the fed funds rate. Since both are short-term sources of funding, a rise in the overnight repurchasing rate means that borrowers in fed funds have to pay up to attract investors. The fed funds rate pushing above its target range underlines analysts' concerns that the U.S. central bank is having trouble keeping its benchmark interest rate at its desired levels. The Fed launched $75 billion of overnight repos on Wednesday morning, in order to inject liquidity bank into the system and to bring the fed funds rate in line within its preferred range. This is the Fed's second repo operation this week.

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MarketWatchSep 18, 2019
Market Snapshot: U.S. stocks edge lower ahead of Fed interest rate decision
U.S. stock-index futures Wednesday morning were slightly lower ahead of a Federal Reserve decision that could help guide investor sentiment, amid liquidity issues this week in money markets and uncertainties in Middle East politics

MarketWatch MarketPulseSep 18, 2019
Fed carries out repo operation for second straight day
The New York Fed held an overnight repurchasing operation for the second time this week on Wednesday morning. The U.S. central bank carried out the full $75 billion of repos, temporarily buying securities from Wall Street dealers to inject liquidity into the system. Earlier this week, a surge in the repurchasing rate, used by hedge funds and banks to fund their trading operations, pushed the fed funds rate close to the top of its targeted range. The incident stirred worries that the central bank is at risk of losing its grip over its benchmark interest rate.

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MarketWatch MarketPulseSep 18, 2019
Amazon launches pay-with-cash service in U.S. at Western Union locations; Western Union's stock surges
Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday it is launching Amazon PayCode in the U.S., which allows customers to pay for online purchases in cash at Western Union Co. locations. Amazon said 80% of Americans live within five miles of one of Western Union's 15,000 locations. Western Union's stock rallied 3.5% in premarket trading, while Amazon shares slipped 0.2%. The ecommerce giant said Amazon Cash, which allows customers to load cash into their Amazon Balance for making online purchases, is also now available in cash-loading locations. Amazon said PayCode has already been available in 19 countries. Amazon's stock has rallied 21.3% year to date through Tuesday, while Western Union shares have run up 34.0% and the S&P 500 has gained 19.9%.

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