Agence France-PresseDecember 18, 2013 11:36
The Federal Reserve resumed a two-day policy meeting Wednesday focused on whether the economy is healthy enough to weather a cutback in the central bank's massive stimulus.
The Federal Open Market Committee resumed discussions at 8:30 am (1330 GMT), a Fed spokesman said.
At 2:00 pm (1900 GMT), the FOMC will announce its policy statement and release updated forecasts for growth, inflation and employment in the world's largest economy.
Half an hour later, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will hold a news conference.