FILE - In this Monday, July 29, 2013, file photo, Trader Kevin Coulter, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stock markets drifted Wednesday July 31, 2013 as investors waited for the Federal Reserve's latest assessment of the U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 9:04 am
Futures barely moving ahead of Fed statement
The Associated Press
Dow Jones industrial futures fell 13 points to 15,480. S&P futures rose 0.30 points to 1,685. Nasdaq futures rose 1.75 points to 3,087.25.
Also on Wednesday, the payroll company ADP said companies hired in July at the fastest pace since December. On top of the 200,000 jobs that ADP said U.S. businesses created this month, the company revised its estimate of the number of jobs higher in June, from 188,000 to 198,000.
ADP's survey has diverged in the past from U.S. employment reports, which are more comprehensive. The Labor Department releases its employment report for July on Friday.
Economists expect the U.S. to report 180,000 new jobs.
There were other signs of an economy on the mend Wednesday.
The U.S. reported economic growth of 1.7 percent rate in second quarter as businesses stepped up spending.
There's very little expectation that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will signal any change Wednesday in monetary policies that have kept U.S. interest rates at historic lows.
But as his statement last month proved, U.S. markets are easily spooked right now. Investors fled the market after Bernanke suggested that the Fed might slow its bond purchases later this year if the economy had improved.
The Fed will release at statement at 2:15 p.m. Eastern.