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Fri Feb 17, 2012, 08:33 AM

43. Oil Rise Imperils Budding Recovery

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204792404577224932060341956.html?mod=dist_smartbrief

...the recovery remains too halting to easily absorb the shock of sharply costlier oil.

An oil spike would also complicate the job of the Federal Reserve. The central bank would have to balance any calls for more Fed action to stimulate the economy against rising inflation fears. Minutes of the Fed's last policy-setting meeting in January, released Wednesday, showed the central bank divided over whether to launch a new bond-buying program to support economic growth—but the bank kept the option open. In the past, the Fed has been willing to look past temporary spikes in inflation, but it isn't clear it would be willing to do so again....

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