BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) -- The Federal Reserve is in the spotlight this morning, as investors wait for the results of another two-day policy committee meeting on Wednesday. And investors expect the faucet to keep flowing into 2014.
By and large, the consensus is that the $85 billion monthly QE3 program won't end this year but instead some time in early 2014. That veer off course becomes especially interesting given presumptive Fed Chairman Janet Yellen's bent toward stimulus. Bernanke may be more inclined to smooth the transition by keeping the cash flowing.
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