The S&P 500 bounced nicely after the Fed got aggressive and hiked interest rates by 0.75%.
The market’s reaction seems counter-intuitive, but lucky for readers of this blog, it was the most likely outcome I flagged in Tuesday evening’s free post:
While this latest tumble was largely spurred by expectations shifting to a 0.75% Fed rate hike this week, this could very easily turn into a “sell the rumor, buy the news” event. This latest wave of selling priced in most, if not all of the widely expected rate hike, so when the news becomes official Wednesday afternoon, there might not be much selling left to do. And when a large wave of follow-on selling fails to materialize, we often see prices rally in relief that things weren’t worse.
The most likely scenario is the index reflexively crashes immediately following the Fed’s announcement of a 0.75% rate hike, but not long after, the selling capitulates and prices bounce, giving us that oh-so-beautiful “V” bottom.
While bears were expecting another large selloff, stocks bounced because all of the people who were afraid of a 0.75% rate hike sold over the previous four sessions, meaning there was no one left to actually sell the news. And more than that, some investors were actually reassured by the Fed’s aggressive stance on inflation. Attacking inflation harder in the short term will keep this from dragging on, or at least that’s the hope.
As for how to trade this, when the rate hike failed to trigger a larger wave of selling, that was my signal to lock in some really nice short profits and get ready to buy the bounce. I still think we have lower prices ahead of us over the medium and longer-term, but over the near-term, if Wednesday’s bounce holds Thursday, 4k resistance is the most likely next target.
Any bears with nice short profits should be getting real protective because those profits will disappear if they hold much longer. As easy as it is to reshort the market when the selling resumes, lock in some nice profits here and get ready for the next breakdown.
As for dip buyers, here is our chance for a quick 200-point rally. While that doesn’t seem like a lot, catch that 5% wave in a 3x ETF and now we’re talking real money for a few days of “work”.
Cover shorts, buy the bounce, and leave stops/reshort under Tuesday’s lows. That seems easy enough.
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Jani Ziedins (pronounced Ya-nee) is a full-time investor and financial analyst that has successfully traded stocks and options for nearly three decades. He has an undergraduate engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines and two graduate business degrees from the University of Colorado Denver. His prior professional experience includes engineering at Fortune 500 companies, small business consulting, and managing investment real estate. He is now fortunate enough to trade full-time from home, affording him the luxury of spending extra time with his wife and two children.