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Market Preview: Initial Jobless Claims, QE3, Bruised Banks

The 'QE3' talk is likely to continue on Thursday as well, but RDQ Economics was having none of it on Wednesday, going so far as to say 'QE2' wasn't such a good move after all.

"We think QE3 would be a terrible idea since we believe consumers and businesses have been hurt by sharply rising commodity-based inflation, which we think has been a result of Fed policy," the firm said. "From the Fed's perspective, core inflation is now rising rather than falling (as it was when the Fed launched QE2). In addition, we think the Fed would be concerned about the political fallout that could result from further Treasury purchases."

RDQ said it's sticking with "a defensive strategy on equities" for the time being, the same as it suggested on April 1.

While all 30 Dow components fell on Wednesday, Bank of America (BAC - Get Report) was neck-and-neck with Alcoa (AA - Get Report) for the worst performing blue chip with a decline of 4.3% on volume of 172 million, second on the Big Board to only Nokia (NOK), which saw a boost in trading interest from the rumor mill.

Underlining just how bad things have gotten in the financial sector, Bank of America CEO Bryan Moynihan moved to assure investors on Wednesday that the nation's largest bank by assets doesn't need raise more capital, but with the stock now having convincingly broken below both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages of $12.17 and $13.17 respectively, it could test November's 52-week low of $10.91 before long. The banks have been called upon to provide some leadership for the broad market for awhile now but shareholders were no doubt hoping it would be in the other direction.

The corporate news calendar is again sparse. Movado Group (MOV - Get Report) is one of the few companies reporting quarterly results. The average estimate of three analysts polled by Thomson Reuters is calling for a loss of 3 cents from the Paramus, N.J.-based watch maker on revenue of $79 million. The stock closed Wednesday at $16.10, up 2.7% in 2011.

And finally, a big mover in after-hours action was Orbitz Worldwide (OWW - Get Report), which jumped more than 40% after scoring a small victory in its ongoing legal dispute with American Airlines.

-- Written by Michael Baron in New York.



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