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On the radar: St. Louis Fed Financial Stress Index lowest in nine weeks as of week ended May 1

The St. Louis Fed’s Financial Stress Index fell 1.090 points to 0.865 in the week ended Friday, May 1. The level was the lowest since 0.550 in the February 28 week. The current reading hinted that financial market conditions are responding positive to measures taken by the Fed to ease strains. Things are not nearly back to normal but the availability of liquidity and the pervasive presence of the lender of last resort is helping markets navigate choppy waters.

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