WASHINGTON -- Bond market hopes for another easing by the Federal Reserve faded yesterday amid renewed worries over inflation and talk by the Bush administration of measures to stimulate the economy.

Some financial analysts said they still expect Fed policymakers to lower the federal fund rate to 5% to prod a sluggish recovery, but any move seemed likely to be postponed at least until Nov. 1, when the Labor Department is scheduled to release the unemployment report for October.

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