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Bernanke center stage: one of five things to watch April 27

Bernanke press conference will be one for history books – and traders. Earnings will also be released from the likes of Boeing, BP, Starbucks, and Moody's.

US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks at a Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta conference in Stone Mountain, Ga, April 4, 2011. On April 27, 2011, Mr. Bernanke is due to hold a first-ever press conference after the release of a Fed statement.

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The Fed extravaganza in focus, accompanied by an entourage of earnings. Ford, previewed yesterday, set the pace with its best 1st quarter in 13 years. Can Boeing and Conoco-Philips keep up the momentum? In total, a tradable treasure trove Wednesday. Here's what we're watching…

1. Meet the Fed: That's a great YouTube video waiting to happen (to the tune of "Meet the Mets"). Can someone make that happen? Regardless, the Fed will follow the release of an earlied-up 12:30pm ET policy statement with Chairman Ben Bernanke's 2:15pm ET news conference, a watershed moment of transparency for our central bank. The question remains: why? Has Congressional scrutiny gotten so bad the Fed feels extreme measures are necessary to ensure its independence? Whatever the motivation, markets will be glued to Bernanke's every word.


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