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Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, has said that the economy remains a long way from achieving its inflation and employment goals. His prepared remarks ahead of a testimony to Congress also acknowledge that the outlook has brightened. 

The US dollar is retreating from the highs and stocks are bouncing from the lows in the initial response. 

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FOMC Chairman Jerome Powell testimony before Senate Banking Committee – live stream

Earlier, the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence gauge for February came out at 91.3 against 90 expected. 

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