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RECAPS : I haven’t posted here for a long time and would like to just put my two cents worth (OK maybe just a penny) and I’d like to ask a favor too.

First my post : Guys, Everything I’m being told is that it’s all in Turki’s hands and he is proceeding with caution on this (yes at Snail’s speed ! ). I’m told he and CBI staff members meeting again with members of the Finance Committee, Council of Ministers, other MP’s etc (including my guy). Maliki has expressed to EVERYONE that it’s TURKI’s ball to play with, not to interfere and that his Administration has complete confidence in Turki. So that’s all I know. I’m not being told any outside forces or such is the hold up. I was told to look for end of Ramadan for possible fireworks. The end of Ramadan marks a Climax celebration for Muslims and this may just be a great gift to them. Don’t hold me to that, it’s my guy’s gut reaction. I must also add because he always tells me in all emails “Things can change”. Which I forget to add a lot when I post.

The EXCELLENT news is even during Ramadan there is work in progress. We see it every day with their articles. Also the people are a little restless and pressure always speeds things up a bit.

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Now for the favor to ask :

One of my favorite nicknames on recaps is “Ernest T. Bass and I just love this person for being so creative. Recaps sometime back posted a great write up about Ernest T. Please Repost. I think all our readers need a little levity about now and I’m urging here for Ernest T to grace us with his presence and give his take on matters at hand.

Thanks
TD

(Dinar Recaps Note: We are not sure where this post is.  If anyone has the link to our original post, please leave it in the comments section.  Thank you.)

warned, an economist specializing in monetary policy and the development of the continued fluctuation of the Iraqi dinar against foreign currency Ntihh mistrust policies of the Central Bank of Iraq and the worsening political crisis in the country, as called for retrieval of trust between the banking sector and public sector.

I4U:

[Austin-Powers-For-PM] Robertprofessor I liked your post yesterday up on Recaps. What are the chances you think that your WF friends are just punking you and feeding you bad info?

Robertprofessor] Austin-Powers-For-PM I think it was for real. And Jester said he was hearing many bank stories yesterday. I know that this kind of thing has happened before because WF thought it was going down, but then it didn’t happen as they thought.

[FLPatriot59] he’s a good guy. I think WF is just waiting for the good folks from China to finish dotting those i’s and crossing those t’s.

[Austin-Powers-For-PM] Robertprofessor I have no doubt that you are telling the truth. However we have heard bank story after bank story and they seem to go nowhere. IMO bank stories are the cotton candy of the intel world. They taste great, but they have so substance and eating to many of them will make you sick. Lol

[cheeny] Austin-Powers-For-PM I think the bankers are more frustrated than we are with all of this on-off-on-off stuff
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[Diogenes] Robertprofessor Perhaps these bank stories are part of the last minute effort to make sure there are no lower level rats hiding in the crevices. JMO

[peacemaan] imo when you look at the big picture as Jester was sayin last night with allllllllllllllll the bank stories, they can’t ALL be false. We’ve got to be getting very close for all this to be happenin at the same time IMO

[jawjaboy] Austin-Powers-For-PM Love cotton candy …. and believe me after spending 10 years doing IT on Wall Street the bankers always know what is going down, but rarely do they know when…They alwasy blame the IT guys LOL

[Robertprofessor] Diogenes That could be. I think it’s likely that WF gets information that it’s going to happen the next day, Okie is contacted and does his build up, bankers get emails, and the call centers are on high alert … and then nothing happens.

[Robertprofessor] Diogenes I think we can assume that China is under great financial pressure themselves. Their economic numbers are moving in the wrong direction. I think that has to help us.

[mishmouse] Anyone see on the FOX ticker this morning the worldwide arrests of over 6,000 counterfeiters? This was in the last half-hour that saw it there. Related to us? Mebbe…

[Austin-Powers-For-PM] Robertprofessor Ya gotta wonder how many of these “Head Fakes” are totally by circumstances (technical, political, etc) and how many of them are deliberate to create confusion amongst people like us and FOREX traders?

  [Robertprofessor] Austin-Powers-For-PM I do wonder and there’s no way I can know. Okie must be deeply frustrated. Imagine the pressure on him.

[Austin-Powers-For-PM] Your all going to laugh. I just got up to grab a cup of coffee from the break room before my next client comes in at 9:00 AM, and when I reached for a coffee cup, it’s a Wells Fargo cup. I’ve never seen it before either. As Bill Engvall would say; “Here’s your sign.” lol lol

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heartfelt] 1helton I heard Jack Lew was to be on Bloomberg at 4:30est

[*jackrabbit*] heartfelt bloomberg said 4pm est yesterday

heartfelt] Should have schedule of shows. As time nears programming will come up http://www.bloomberg.com/tv/

[heartfelt] *jackrabbit* now they are saying 4 and not 4:30? ok Thank you.

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Nesara BlogSpot Dinar Update: John MacHaffie

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RV/PP/REPUBLIC INTEL

Rumor – Vietnamese Dong showing on Bankers Screens in Puerto Rico

Rumor – Chase Bank & WF Bank saying they be exchanging today Thursday. Still No Confirms.

Rumor – Exchanges are ongoing in Reno. Still NOT Confirmed.

Confirmed – VND is NOT being sold by WF in Las Vegas

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TNT:

Already Blessed] Just got off the phone with Tony….he says “Nothing New…Nothing Negative…We just have to wait for it!” – TNT Tony

Loechin “chin] Here is what I know…. Spoke to one of my WF contacts and the banks are ready for us. The info coming out of Iraq has nothing to do with us now as WF seems to have it. I was told this morning to look for it between now and Saturday as all internal issues have been dealt with”

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MIG:

Expendable4] WOW! Former Commanfer an Chief: AMERICA IS NO LONGER A DEMOCRACY Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter … in the wake of the NSA spying scandal criticized the American political system. “America has no functioning democracy,” Carter said Tuesday at a meeting of the “Atlantic Bridge” in Atlanta.    http://www.blacklistednews.com/Former_President_and_Commander-In-Chief:_America_Is_No_Longer_a_Democracy_/27435/0/0/0/Y/M.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

[Expendable4] And for Carter to say that… wow

[Expendable4] China reportedly planning to back the yuan with gold 
 http://rbth.asia/business/2013/07/17/china_reportedly_planning_to_back_the_yuan_with_gold_47997.html

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From Recaps Comment Section:

SpecialAgentGib said:

FOR THOSE THAT INSIST THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO USE THE 800# MORE THAN ONCE, I TRULY FEEL SORRY FOR YOU.

THE THIRD PARTY THAT HAS ARRANGED THE PREFERRED RATE THROUGH WELLS FARGO IS FAR FROM STUPID, THEY DESIGNED THE ENTIRE PREFERRED RATE EXCHANGE PROGRAM, AND I ASSURE YOU THEY HAVE THE BASES COVERED.

IT DOESN’T MATTER THAT THE BANKS DON’T ACCESS EACH OTHERS INFO FOR THE FINCEN REPORTS, IT’S THE SYSTEM FOR THIS SPECIAL EVENT THAT WILL DO THE TRACKING.

KEEP YOUR BLINDERS ON, AND PRETEND THAT THEY WON’T KNOW…..I FEEL SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.

IT SURE IS A SHAME THAT SOME JUST CHOOSE TO REMAIN IN DENIAL ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S THEIR OWN BENEFIT THAT’S AT RISK…..NUFF SAID.

 

 

 

 

7-18-2013 Adam Montana: [Do you think this will ever happen. We get all our hopes built up and then let down.] Don’t get discouraged! … is Iraq moving forward, and has the value been moving in the right direction? My answer is YES to both of those…do you still believe that Iraq will raise the value further? I do, which is why I am still here.

WILDDUCK] GOOD MORNING AND WHAT A REALLY NICE DAY. BLUE SKY AND PALM TREES…

LOTS OF NOISE OUT HERE ON THE STREET, GROUPS, NOTES AND THIS IS THE WAY THAT IT’S GOING TO BE WITH THE WORD “MAY” TUCKED IN.

FURTHER. IT IS MY OPINION THAT THEY HAVE NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE, I HAVE BEEN TOLD MULTPLE TIMES THIS IS TO BENEFIT THE PEOPLE THAT IS THE LITTLE GUYS LIKE US. SO I DO NOT SEE HOW PUNITIVE RULES DO THAT.

[WILDDUCK] MAY BEING A LEGAL WORD THAT LEAVES WIGGLE ROOM ON A STATEMENT

[WILDDUCK] SINCE OKIE AND OTHER ARE CAMPING OUT ON CONFERENCE CALLS, THE ELEPHANT IS IN THE ROOM.

I AM FULLY AWARE THAT MANY HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THE GROUPS FOR YEARS. HOWEVER WHAT IF THE INFO YESTERDAY WAS CORRECT, THE PTB GOT WIND OF THE ONE SHOT AND ONLY ONE SHOT RULE AND HAVE SPENT THE LAST 3 DAYS IMPROVING THINGS.

NOBODY KNOWS AND LIKE THE PREVIOUS STATEMENT IT IS CONJECTURE. SO REALLY,  LIKE I HAVE BEEN SAYING HERE NOW PRETTY CONSISTENTLY… WAIT AND SEE, ASK ALOT OF QUESTIONS
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cashinqueen1] WILDDUCK What’s up with the official holiday in Iraq today due to heat

[WILDDUCK] cashinqueen1 WELL THERE YOU GO

[herman616] WILDDUCK GM, with ISX being closed until Sunday does that mean we can’t ce until then?

[WILDDUCK] herman616 DON’T KNOW, THEY CAN OPEN AS FAST AS THEY CLOSE, MARKETS CLOSE HERE IN A 36 HOURS OR SO , NOT SEEING A BIG DEAL. NEED STUFF SHUT OFF TO GET IT WIRED UP.

[jack1977] WILDDUCK is it looking good this week?

[WILDDUCK] jack1977 IMO IT HAS BEEN LOOKING GOOD FOR DAYS OR YOU WOULD NOT SEE OOM ALL OVER RECAPS

sonnayhwh] WILDDUCK – Okay, the heavy players are moving in. . . .smoke machines are on high. . . .and everybody’s got a different angle. . . .What next??

[WILDDUCK] sonnayhwh OK HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I SAID THEY HAVE NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE, LIKE NO RV FOR DUMMIES BOOK AND ON PAGE 205 HOW TO HANDLE GROUPS AT THE BANKS….. SO WHEN STUFF COMES IT HAS TO BE DEALT WITH… THE TICKING TIME BOMB NOW IS IRAQ, I KEEP ASKING THE QUESION HOW LONG CAN YOU TELL THEM , THEN NOPE NOT JUST YET,

[bama] last week, I purposely forever seared into my memory where I was and what I was doing last Friday to mark it as the last Friday as a poor middleclass American …. now I am stuck with that in my head  

[WILDDUCK] bama GOOD THOUGHT

[WILDDUCK] IRAQ WAS TOLD OVER 2 WEEKS AGO YOU CAN REJOIN THE WORLD ECONOMIC COMMINTY NOW IF YOU SPENT 10 YEARS DOING ALL THAT WAS ASKED OF YOU NATION HOW LONG WOULD YOU WAIT FOR IT TO HAPPEN

[Diogenes] WILDDUCK Who is the “they” telling Iraq not just yet? China?

[WILDDUCK] Diogenes THE PTB ON GLOBAL RESET

[jack1977] Iraq cannot go too much longer. Old news but just saying, China CPPE, SCOP Secure $317 Million Iraq Oil Pipeline Contract

[WILDDUCK] jack1977 THAT TELLS YOU ALOT THAT THINGS IN COUNTRY ARE DIFFERENT THEN OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY.

[starbucksrules] WILDDUCK and what Country is at this point in charge of Global Reset?? U.S.A., or China??

[WILDDUCK] starbucksrules THERE IS A REASON I NAMED IT THE PANDA EXPRESS

[bama] WILDDUCK what is your opinion on the introduction of a new UST dollar to replace the current Fed Dollar? I think I know where the other Intel peeps stand but I cannot recall your take on the subject

[WILDDUCK] bama WELL I WENT THROUGH IT GOING THE OTHER WAY AND I THINK IT WILL BE THE SAME NON EVENT AS TI WAS THE LAST TIME.

[marmeysue] WILDDUCK There is a group of men that are going in to start talks with the different banks tomorrow and see what we can do on our own. We represent a good size group. Do you have any wisdom you can share with us? The more specific the better.

[WILDDUCK] marmeysue YUP HOPE ONE OF THEM IS A CAR DEALER

[WILDDUCK] marmeysue YOU NEED A NEGOTIATOR, THAT WILL BE THE KEY, I TEND TO NOT WANT TO FOLLOW THE HERD. I THINK THAT I WILL NEED TO SEE ALL OPTIONS AND FIGURE OUT WHICH ONE WORKS BEST FOR MY FAMILY AS I DO NOT NEED TO HAVE THE HIGHEST AND MOST MONEY. ALL IS A BLESSING AND A GIFT FOR THE AMOUNT INVESTED THE RETURNS AT STREET ARE CRAZY. SO WILL DO THE BEST I CAN WITH WHAT I HAVE

[bama] WILDDUCK that is the key that everyone should latch on to: Look at ALL the options and then make the best decision for you and yours. Everything else is just chasing the wind at this point

[grannyb] WILDDUCK so iyo how do we stand as of now, what’s the bottom line?

[WILDDUCK] grannyb I AM OUT STANDING IN MY FIELD. I HAVE HIGH HOPES THAT THINGS BEING WORKED ON ARE NOT COMPELTE AND WE CAN ALL GET ON WITH OUR NEW LIVES. ALL LOGISTICS AT THIS POINT IMO

[Papa Bear] WD it appears you are going the Tony route if so and not WF put it down and lets go. People don’t need more confusion right now

[marmeysue] Iank1978 what are you afraid of? You do not have to run with the crowd. God gave us all brains and we want to use them. That is all.

[WILDDUCK] marmeysue I THINK THERE IS MERIT TO SHOPPING AROUND, HOWEVER IF THE DON’T LET THEM RULE, IS IN PLAY. JUST GET UP AND WALK TOWARD THE DOOR WILL BE YOUR BEST TOOL

[Iank1978] Papabear do you think it’s a good idea to talk to banks right now before rv

[justbelieve7] WILDDUCK thank you…I never follow groups…ever…listen to God and like you do what’s best for my family Appreciate your input and like it!

[WILDDUCK] justbelieve7 THANKS I THINK WHEN YOU TIE YOUR ALLEGIENCE TO A GROUP YOU ARE THEN FULLY OBLIGATED TO PITCH THE COMPANY LINE. SELL THE COMPANYS MERITS. THIS IS REALLY BIG MONEY AND IF YOU THNK THERE ARE NO SHARKS IN THE POND YOU’RE KIDDING YOURSELF

[Papa Bear] I will say yes get other rates. No you don’t need a negotiator each bank. Let’s not make this C/E hard and all doors are open if you don’t like what you hear

[marmeysue] WILDDUCK Thank you that is what they have been thinking too. If we have too we can always fall back on the 800 #. But you have encouraged us all to be independent thinkers and why not? Nothing ventured is nothing gained.

[WILDDUCK] marmeysue AMEN TO THAT AND TY, MAN THE HERDING OF COURSE IT IS ALWAYS FOR YOUR BENIFIT THAT SOMEBODY NEEDS TO LOOK OUT FOR YOU. OH MY. SOME MAYBE MOST DON’T THINK SO. CLEAR YOUR CHANNELS OF THINKING, USE WISDOM AND DISCERNMENT AND IF SOMEBODY GETS MORE THEN YOU GOD BLESS THEM.

[Papa Bear] WILDDUCK Where do YOU view the BEST RATE AS BEING?

[WILDDUCK] Papa Bear I REALLY DO NOT KNOW YET AS WE DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH INFO AT THIS TIME TO MAKE A COGENT DECSION. SO MANY UNKNOWNS. BUT VALUE IS A SUBJECTIVE WORD,

THE VALUE OF THE DEAL FOR MY FAMILY MAYBE IN THE FLEXIBILITY OF THE RULES TO WORK FOR MY SITUATION AND THE PERKS THAT SHOULD GO ALONG WITH IT FOR ME ….VALUE IS NOT THE HIGHEST DOLLAR I CAN GET IF THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS HURTS ME

[Papa Bear] WD there is a big difference between a 3rd party private placement and what the other banks and dealers will offer IMHO.

[coder] Papa Bear I think there are many people that still do not understand the value of the oil credits attached to the dinar.

[Papa Bear] coder All is in the great castle forums to explore.

[WILDDUCK] Papa Bear YES SIR, NO CONTEST, I BROUGHT THAT IN HERE MONTHS AGO THAT PLATFORM PROJECTS, ARE FUNDED OUT OF A DIFFERENT POOL, I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT ALL TIER 2 PROJECTS HAVE TO HAVE A HUMNITARIN REASON TO BE FUNDED, ONE THAT IS SPOKEN ABOUT HERE OFTEN Has 100,000 people signed up.

[jamajacks] WILDDUCK Do you know the negotiated group rate and bank rate already?

[WILDDUCK] jamajacks some numbers have been spoken, but I will not comment other than they are pretty good, however I also have heard that costs will come off the top, and the net number will be way lower but for now it is all speculation

[cheeny] Iank1978 yes I know. I have things in order, but there is a lot of confusion and fear out there and giving information and helping people build confidence is good. Warnings are fine, but constant inferences that the group puts you in sheep and herd territory are not necessary.

[WILDDUCK] cheeny HEREIS A FLAG THAT GOES UP EVERY TIME, SOMEBODY HAS TO BE AFRAID OF LOSING SOMETHING. WHY DO THEY FIGHT SO HARD TO KEEP YOU LINED UP

[oxglove] WILDDUCK weeks ago things were said to be done and still here we are, Iraq bank, stock exchange weekends and all. What is your take on where things are now and how far away are we from this being finalized, done and us able to go to the bank?

[WILDDUCK] oxglove I AM AS FRUSTRATED AS YOU ARE FOR SURE. PLEASE BE ASSURED THAT ALL SEEMS LOGISTICAL EXECPT FOR THIS LAST MINUTE BANK RULSE REWRITING. REMEMBER BIG BIG MONEY IS ON HE LINE AND THE SHARKS ARE IN A FRENZY TO GETALL THEY CAN WHILE THEY CAN

[socalcutie] WILDDUCK you tell me you wouldn’t be in an angel round/pry placement. I know you have been, so have i. we can still ask the questions, since we don’t have the brochure to tell us all. But still, most can’t negotiate a well thought out situation to match, IMO

[WILDDUCK] socalcutie FOR SURE, I THINK THE PTB KNOW THAT AND HAVE TAKEN STEPS TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR YOU. STILL READ THE FINE PRINT, THE DEVIL IS IN HE DETAILS FOR SURE.

[cashinqueen1] WILDDUCK ??? We are waiting for new bank rules to be rewritten now?

[WILDDUCK] cashinqueen1 NOPE THANK THAT WAS MON TUESDAY NEWS

[jerseyjoe] MRS.) WILDDUCK I thought the sharks and bad guys were mostly gone and with the reset thoughts that were left would not be able to control and take advantage

[WILDDUCK] jerseyjoe THESE SHARKS ARE THE ONES WAITING AND WANTING THE RV   AS BAD AS YOU

[lightman1] WILDDUCK so basically what you are telling us through all this is that we are still waiting on Okies post?

[WILDDUCK] lightman1 DON’T CARE HOW, WHO WHAT OR WHERE, LIKE YOU WANT TO GET STARTED, IF THAT IS THE ONLY IMPEDEMENT HOW LONG CAN IT BE BEFORE HE LANDS.

[WILDDUCK] GOTTA GO FOR KNOW KEEP YOU TINFOIL HATS ON TIGHTEN YOUR CHIN STRAPS, USE REASON AND LOGIC AND IF IT SOUNDS CRAZY IT PROBEBLY IS.

– U. S. grain futures edged lower on Thursday, with corn prices falling to a two-week low as updated weather forecasts eased concerns over potential crop damage.
On the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, corn futures for September delivery traded at USD5. 3488 a bushel, down 0. 6% on the day.
The September contract fell by as much as 1% earlier in the session to hit a daily low of USD5. 3313 a bushel, the weakest level since July 8.
Weather forecasting models pointed to rainfall across most parts of the U. S. Midwest during the next few days, helping ease concern over U. S. crop prospects.
The U. S. Department of Agriculture said that 66% of the U. S. corn crop was rated in ‘good’ to ‘excellent’ condition as of last week, down from the 68% recorded in the preceding week.
Nearly 9% of the corn crop was in ‘poor’ to ‘very poor’ condition, up from 8% a week earlier.
Concerns over dry weather conditions in the U. S. Corn Belt helped fuel gains earlier in the week.
Meanwhile, soybeans futures for August delivery traded at USD14. 7263 a bushel, down 0. 3% on the day.
The August contract was stuck in a range between USD14. 7025 a bushel, the daily low and a session high of USD14. 7738 a bushel.
The oilseed was lower on cooler, wetter weather forecast for the Farm Belt next week.
According to the USDA, approximately 26% of the U. S. soy crop bloomed as of last week, below the 63% recorded in the same week a year earlier.
The agency also said that nearly 65% of the soy crop was in ‘good’ to ‘excellent’ condition as of last week, down from 67% in the preceding week.
Elsewhere on the CBOT, wheat for September delivery traded at USD6. 6488 a bushel, little changed on the day. The September contract traded in a range between USD6. 6213 a bushel, the daily low and a session high of USD6. 6563 a bushel.
The USDA said that nearly 67% of the winter-wheat crop was harvested as of last week, compared to 81% harvested in the same week a year earlier and below the five-year average of 71% for this time of year.
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7-18-2013 OCrush: When you see the customs and tariffs law implemented you will see the currency RV. That is what to look for:) From what I was told the tariffs will be implemented when the borders are adjusted. Once this is done, the CoM has the power to implement the tariffs and give the thumbs up to the project delete the zeroes. In conclusion once the borders are adjusted and agreed upon you will see the tariffs implemented (at a steady pace not all at once…. think slow and steady to keep the countries inflation checked). Then the go ahead with the project delete the zeroes…c…
The only part we don’t know and can’t gather is when. Look for articles confusing or not (tariffs) to give you a heads up. If they are talking about it in the news that would be great! Hope this helps and remember this is soooo important to get it right…. slow and steady will give us great results and a smooth transition:)

7-18-2013 Enorrste Article: “Najiba Najib: government to take measures to support the exchange rate of the dinar does not represent the policy of the central bank intervention” The way that I understand this article is that Najib is jawboning for the government to step up to the plate and get caught up with the CBI. We already know that the CBI is and has been ready to act for a year now. Najib is stating that the CBI can’t do this alone; that the government needs to be actively involved in growing the economy (1) and getting the requisite laws in place (2) to support the actions of the CBI. She also states quite clearly that she feels that this is an urgent matter that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
Taking her statement as a representative of Parliament along with Turki’s statement that the Iraqi people will see a “surprise” soon, it would seem that 2 of the 3 main players are now badgering the GOI  and the remainder of Parliament (the lawmakers) to catch up quickly. In short, this is a piece of political pressuring on the part of Najib to “git ‘er done!” if you will.

– U. S. stock futures pointed to a steady open on Thursday, as investors remained cautious after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s highly watched comments on Wednesday.
Ahead of the open, the Dow Jones Industrial Average futures pointed to a 0. 03% dip, SP 500 futures signaled a 0. 07% gain, while the Nasdaq 100 futures indicated a 0. 08% loss.
In his semi-annual testimony before the Financial Services Committee in Congress Bernanke said the central bank expects to start tapering bond purchases by the end of the year, but added that there was no “preset course. ”
Bernanke said the bank’s bond purchase program could be tapered at a faster pace, slower pace or even temporarily increased depending on economic and financial developments.
Bernanke said the economic recovery was continuing at a moderate pace but reiterated that monetary policy will remain accommodative for the foreseeable future.
Yahoo was still up 0. 13% in pre-marker trade, after suring over 10% on Wednesday, as the Internet company beat earnings expectations, though revenue and current-quarter guidance fell short of forecasts. In addition, at least seven brokerages lifted their price target on the company.
Also among earnings, Bank of America edged up 0. 07% in early trading, after gaining over 2% on Wednesday, as the U. S. lender posted a 70% jump in earnings, thanks to lower operating expenses.
Citigroup was trending lower pre-market however, down 0. 17%, while JP Morgan eased up 0. 04%.
On the downside, EBay, scheduled to post results after the closing bell, plummeted 6. 08% in pre-market trading after saying third-quarter sales will be USD3. 85 billion to USD3. 95 billion, below analysts’ estimates of USD3. 97 billion.
In company news, Michael Dell and Silver Lake Management, approaching a deadline to convince Dell shareholders to vote for their USD24. 4 billion buyout, were said to be considering the USD13. 65-a-share bid to be their best and final offer.
Dell shares were down 0. 31% in early trading.
Other stocks expected to be in focus included American Express, Morgan Stanley, Google, Microsoft, IBM and Intel, scheduled to post results later in the day.
Across the Atlantic, European stock markets were mixed to higher. The EURO STOXX 50 added 0. 17%, France’s CAC 40 rose 0. 21%, Germany’s DAX dipped 0. 05%, while Britain’s FTSE 100 gained 0. 31%.
During the Asian trading session, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index slipped 0. 12%, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 Index jumped 1. 32%.
Later in the day, the U. S. was to release the weekly government report on initial jobless claims and data on the Philly Fed manufacturing – offers an extensive set of professional tools for the Forex, Commodities, Futures and the Stock Market including real-time data streaming, a comprehensive economic calendar, as well as financial news and technical & fundamental analysis by in-house experts.