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Two Ways: Fed Better Safe than Sorry on Liquidity Programs


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The Federal Reserve announced today that it was extending a number of its liquidity programs through early 2010 even though conditions in the financial markets have improved.

In a statement released on its website at midday, the Board of Governors said specifically that the Asset-Backed Commercial Paper Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility (AMLF), the Commercial Paper Funding Facility (CPFF), the Primary Dealer Credit Facility (PDCF), and the Term Securities Lending Facility (TSLF) were all approved for extension through February 1, 2010.

The expiration date for the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF) remained unchanged which was originally set for December 31, 2009, and the Term Auction Facility (TAF) continues indefinitely because it does not have a fixed expiration date.

The Board also said it was extending its currency swap agreements with other central banks to February 1.

It will also shed 2 liquidity programs because demand for those auctions weakened as financial conditions improved. The Fed will allow the Money Market Investor Funding Facility (MMIFF) to expire as well because of such improvements.

For more on the banking sector, see Minyan Peter's Three Real Risks to the Future of the Banks.

From the Bull Pen: Nice timing of the statement, eh? Bulls can look to General Dynamics (GD) for a play. The stock successfully tested $55 support and could be attempting $60 resistance for the fourth time. A sell stop can be set below $55.

From the Bear Cave: Tough to be short right now but if that is one's preference, look to stocks that have lagged behind. Allegiant Travel Company (ALGT) may be an option. See if the stock can rally back towards $39 before attempting the downside.

Thirsty Thursday! Send me your suggestions for Happy Hour! Good night!
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