Economic agenda: Tuesday, March 15, 2011

At 8:30 a.m. — The Labor Department releases import prices for February.

At 9 a.m. — The Treasury International Capital data for January is released.

At 10 a.m. — The National Association of Home Builders releases the Housing Market Index.

At 10 a.m. — The Senate banking committee holds a hearing on “The Administration’s Report to Congress: Reforming America’s Housing Finance Market.” Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and the HUD’s Shaun Donovan are scheduled to testify.

At 2:15 p.m. — The Federal Reserve releases its policy statement. The central bank is likely to keep its target interest rate near zero and continue with its plans to buy $75 billion in Treasury bonds a month through June. The Fed will probably acknowledge the rise in oil prices.

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