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18May2016 Market Update: Wall Street Awaits FOMC Minutes, A Volatile Reaction Is Expected, Crude Prices Climbing And Indicators Are Bearish

Written by Gary

US markets have melted up into the green ahead of the FOMC minutes being released at 2 pm today. The DOW is in the 20's and trading sideways in an exaggerated sea-saw action. Crude has climbed higher, is very volatile and is threatening to climb even higher. The US dollar is trading in the high 94's, but hasn't shown any move to the upside. Short-term indicators remain mildly bearish at this time.

Here is the current market situation from CNN Money

North and South American markets are mixed today. The Bovespa is up 0.74% while the S&P 500 gains 0.22%. The IPC is off 0.56%.

What Is Moving the Markets

Here are the headlines moving the markets.

Wall Street turns higher as bank stocks offset retail shares

(Reuters) - Wall Street reversed course to trade slightly higher on Wednesday as the prospect of higher interest rates sent financial stocks up, offsetting a fall in retail shares.

Ex-JPMorgan, Citi FX sales employees sue banks

LONDON (Reuters) - A former London-based JPMorgan foreign exchange sales person is suing the Wall Street bank for unfair dismissal, according to a court filing released on Wednesday.

Target sales miss estimates; shares sink

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Target Corp on Wednesday reported a lower-than-expected increase in quarterly sales at established stores and gave a cautious outlook for the current period, citing volatile weather and weaker demand for electronics and groceries.

Suzuki says it used wrong fuel economy tests in Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) - Suzuki Motor Corp used the wrong methods to test the fuel economy of its cars in Japan, it said on Wednesday, widening a testing scandal that has already rocked smaller rival Mitsubishi Motors Corp .

Microsoft to sell feature phone business to Foxconn subsidiary, HMD Global

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said it is selling its entry-level feature phone assets to FIH Mobile Ltd and HMD Global Oy for $350 million.

South Korea's Hotel Lotte plans $4.9 billion IPO, year's largest: sources

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Hotel Lotte Co Ltd [HTLOT.UL] plans a share sale worth up to 5.7 trillion won ($4.85 billion) next month, sources said on Wednesday, in what would be the world's biggest initial public offering since late 2015.

Best friends? Anglo keeps De Beers' diamonds

ANTWERP (Reuters) - Mining group Anglo American has retained De Beers as a prize asset after a radical overhaul in the belief that surging Chinese and Indian demand for diamonds will outstrip dwindling supply even after a 2015 crunch.

Oil advances on U.S. refined fuel drawdown; Brent near $50 per barrel

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices rose about 1 percent on Wednesday, hitting new 2016 highs, as the market focused on large drawdowns in U.S. refined fuel inventories and ignored a surprise build in crude stockpiles.

Some NYSE trades rerouted after technical issue

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday said it was experiencing a critical technical issue that sent trading to other exchange venues in a subset of ticker symbols.

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2 NYSE "glitches" and 2 US equity market ramps...

Source: NYSE

Pure coincidence we are sure.

Why Some Frackers Look Good After the Oil Bust

Oil-and-gas frackers destroyed a lot of wealth but aren't hopeless cases going forward.

The Rate Debate: Inflation Says Go, Markets Say Stop

Inflation has firmed to the point that the Federal Reserve can be more comfortable about raising rates again. But investors aren't there yet.

Japan GDP Rebound Not Enough to Stave Off Stimulus

Japan's underlying economic trend remains too choppy for the government to sit idly by.

London Markets: FTSE 100 slips as Burberry earnings, U.S. rate-hike prospects weigh

U.K. stocks end barely lower as investors react to renewed prospects for a June rate hike in the U.S.

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More than 4 million workers may benefit from the new overtime pay rules.

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