There were three dissents among the voters in this FOMC meeting which in itself is a bit unusual but the fact that two came from the “Hawkish” side and one from the “Dovish” side shows the wide range of opinions on the economy.
For the U.S. consumer the economic boost provided by lower gasoline costs is hitting at the perfect time. The Federal Reserve just ended their extensive QE stimulus program at the end of October with hope the economy could stand on its own.
OPEC’s decision to refrain from action had an immediate effect on crude oil prices. Prices sunk as it became clear Saudi Arabia is more concerned with losing markets share than the pressure low prices are putting on its cartel partners.