``The Federal Reserve Bank  is close to its goals of stable prices and maximum employment, and the country's central bank may look at increasing short-term interest rates in a "sooner rather than later" time frame, according to  James B. Bullard  , president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of  St. Louis.'' -- Likely jawboning; they will back away/distance themselves from this come spring, almost for sure. Until then, this will serve nicely to keep commodities and precious metals a bit more muted.

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