WASHINGTON -- The bond market is primed for the Federal Reserve to nudge short-term interest rates down another notch to help the weak U.S. economy, but whether Fed officials prove accommodating is not a sure bet.

"The traders -- the guys that are putting their money to work -- are betting the Fed is going to continue its easing mode," said Mort Kelly, manager for Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. "What the Fed is going to do is the question everyone faces."

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