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Fed likely to expand QE with Treasurys: report *PIC*

Fed likely to expand QE with Treasurys: report (by Greg Robb)

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - The Federal Reserve will expand its bond purchase plan to add Treasury purchases at its meeting next month, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. The Fed will continue with Treasury purchases that are now part of the Operation Twist program that is set to expire on Dec. 31, the report said. The Fed will meet on Dec. 11 and 12. The Fed might deviate the size of the purchases, now set at $45 billion, the report said. "A decision not to continue buying long-term Treasurys when Twist expires would be a surprise to markets and that would be counterproductive," John Williams, president of the San Francisco Fed, said according to the report. "It would push long-term rates up and cause financial conditions to be a little less supportive of growth."