While on the surface, there was something in it for both hawks and doves, with the Fed admitting, and adding, that "the pace of job gains slowed" boosting the domestic economic dovish camp (the language about business fixed investment increasing "at solid rates in recent months" will be promptly removed as the recent re-plunge in oil flows through the energy sector's cash flow statement), it was the hawkishness about the global environment that appears to have been the primary catalyst for today's rally as it gave the market the impression that the global economic jitters from the past three months are now well in the rear view mirror.
Specifically, it was the complete removal of the line that "recent global economic and financial developments may restrain economic activity somewhat and are likely to put further downward pressure on inflation in the near term" and the addition that the fed is "monitoring global economic and financial developments" which were the kicker.
This is how Bank of America's Michael Hanson explained this change:
Read the entire articleThe October statement removed the notice that “recent global and financial developments” had posed some risks to economic activity and inflation “in the near term.” During the September press conference and in subsequent speeches, Fed officials stressed that they wanted to be prudent in the face of these risks, but had not fundamentally altered their outlook. The FOMC was concerned that downside risks could intensify into a significant global shock, which warranted their caution. But that did not happen, and other central banks have since stepped in to ease and support their domestic economies. Equivalently, the FOMC has indicated that September was an event that got their attention, rather than a shift toward systemic concern about global growth.