``The Federal Reserve is leaning toward ending its extraordinary economic stimulus in October, minutes of the Fed's June 17-18 meeting show... The purchases have held down long-term interest rates for several years, spurring purchases of homes and factory equipment. The most recent phase of the bond-buying program began in September 2012, but the Fed has bought well over $3 trillion in bonds since the 2008 financial crisis... The minutes, however, reflect that some Fed officials are still inclined to keep interest rates low for an extended period.''

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