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Fed left with ‘arm flapping’ to boost economy: Pro

His comments came after the Commerce Department said third-quarter gross domestic product grew at a 1.5 percent annual rate after expanding at a 3.9 percent clip in the second quarter. The reading followed the Fed’s Wednesday decision to keep its short-term interest rate target near zero, while hinting it could consider hiking at its December meeting.

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At this point, the Fed “doesn’t have that much power” to kick-start the economy, he contended.

Slow growth is the “overriding story” in the U.S. economy right now, added Andrew Slimmon, managing director at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. He told “Power Lunch” that investors need “short-term caution” about stocks.

— Reuters contributed to this story.

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