Eight times a year, the outcome of the Federal Reserve’s (Fed’s) Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting becomes the focal point for market participants. Four times each year, the first look at the health of the economy in the prior quarter (via the Bureau of Economic Analysis’s (BEA) report on gross domestic product [GDP]), dominates the headlines. Similarly, at the start of each month, the Report on Business from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and the monthly labor market report from the U.S. Department of Labor are the centerpieces of any trading week. This week (July 29 – August 2, 2013), all four of these key events are on the docket…

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