"The Committee currently judges that there is sufficient underlying strength in the broader economy to support ongoing improvement in labor market conditions," says the FOMC cutting QE another $10B to $55B per month.
Updating its economic projections, the central forecast for headline unemployment at year's end drops to 6.1%-6.3% from 6.3%-6.5% expected last December. Core PCE inflation remains at 1.4%-1.6%.
13 of 16 members expect the first rate hike next year, with 10 seeing a Fed Funds rate of 1% or higher by the end of 2015.
Treasurys are taking hard the news of faster and sooner rate hikes, the 10-year yield up eight basis points to 2.75%. TLT -0.8%. Gold takes it hard as well, -1.9% to $1,334 per ounce. GLD -1.6%, but the dollar (UUP +0.6%) is higher across the board.
A check of Eurodollar futures finds nearly a full additional 25 basis point rate hike getting priced into the 2015 and 2016 contracts that wasn't there 20 minutes ago.
Stocks slip just a bit, the S&P 500 (SPY -0.2%).
Janet Yellen's press conference begins at 2:30 ET.
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