The Federal Reserve will begin its two-day policy meeting Tuesday, but investors will have to wait for another day for the announcement on rates.

Last month, the central bank lowered its fed funds target by 50 basis points, and while analysts are generally expecting another reduction this time around, most are looking for a 25-point cut. The decision will be made public Wednesday afternoon around 2:15 p.m. EDT.

While the Fed will get plenty of attention ahead of the move, another round of key earnings will bear watching. On the list are Procter & Gamble ( PG), AirTran ( AAI), Avon ( AVP), Colgate-Palmolive ( CL) and Goodyear ( GT).

Also scheduled to report are MGM Mirage ( MGM), U.S. Steel ( X), Chipotle ( CMG), DreamWorks ( DWA) and Wynn Resorts ( WYNN).

The only notable economic report will be the consumer confidence index from the Conference Board.

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