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Link's Take on the FOMC

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- TheStreet's Lindsey Bell and Stephanie Link are discussing what yesterday's FOMC announcement means and which stocks to buy as a result.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave the market everything that it wanted except one thing: certainty.

The Fed will continue its $85 billion monthly bond purchasing plan, even though it has seen a much better employment situation and many of the risks to the economy diminish.

However, Bernanke did state the Fed will be flexible with its stimulus in the future, meaning it will eventually taper (but not abruptly stop) quantitative easing. He also reinforced that the Fed would ramp up the stimulus if the economy worsened after tapering begins.

But even with the market-friendly plans, the selling has commenced. Link says this is profit-taking and it's okay. She also suggested there might be uncertainty weighing on traders, since they know there will be tapering, but have no hard data points of when it will begin.

Her biggest concern remains to be bond yields, which continue to move higher as bond prices move lower. She added that if yields continue to climb, there may be questions of whether that will hurt housing or consumers.

However, she continues to like the financials. Specifically, Link likes JPMorgan (JPM - Get Report), Wells Fargo (WFC - Get Report) and KeyBank (KEY - Get Report).

On top of that, she's watching AIG (AIG - Get Report) and Hartford Financial (HIG - Get Report), adding that the companies' restructuring efforts make them attractive names.

Link concluded that you "want to be overweight financials in this environment."

Disclosure: Action Alerts Plus owns JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and KeyBank.

-- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich..

This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.
Bret Kenwell currently writes, blogs and also contributes to Rocco Pendola's Weekly Options Newsletter. Focuses on short- to intermediate-term trading opportunities that can be exposed via options. He prefers to use debit trades on momentum setups and credit trades on support/resistance setups. He also focuses on building long-term wealth by searching for consistent, quality dividend paying companies and long-term growth companies. He considers himself the surfer, not the wave, in relation to the market and himself. He has no allegiance to either the bull side or the bear side.

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