Stocks Rally On Hawkish Fed Minutes, It’s Tomorrow That May Be The Problem


Portfolio Manager with Interactive Advisors, CEO of Mott Capital Management



The S&P 500 rallied today by 95 bps and closed at 3,978. It managed to rise right to its 10-day exponential moving average, which for now has served as resistance. A meaningful break above that moving average could suggest that we see a significant move higher. But until that happens, I’m hesitant to say we can see a rally, although I will admit eight down weeks for the S&P 500 seems hard to imagine.

S&P 500

I really would have liked to see the market resolve the issue of the big rally off of Friday’s lows by now, and to this point, that hasn’t happened yet. Typically the days leading into Fed events have been bullish, while the days that follow the Fed’s event have been bearish.

So based on that, if we are going to sell-off it should happen tomorrow. The chart below shows that day after a Fed event tends to be the day that starts the sell-off. The Fed minutes didn’t reveal anything that was dovish, that’s for sure. I think the Fed is in a rush to get rates to at least 2%, potentially by year-end. Additionally, their view of the economy seems to be too upbeat, and doesn’t seem to reflect how inflation is eating away at growth.

S&P 500 ETF

So if the market is going to turn lower and gives us that pop in the VIX to get a solid medium-term bottom, this does seem like the ideal time. I think it would set up nicely with a post FOMC meeting, rally, heading into options expiration and quarterly rebalancing for June month-end, like what we saw in March.

At this point, a drop to 3,810 maybe all we need.


My VIX triangle seems to be in better shape than it was yesterday. I can certainly count it much better. So again, if the market drops tomorrow, the VIX should spike. As the market digested the Fed minutes, which to me indicated the Fed is looking at specific economic metrics and not the economy as a whole, and will be tightening regardless of the economy.


Nvidia (NVDA)

Nvidia is down about 6% after hours due to a weak sales outlook. There isn’t anything groundbreaking here, yet. The stock is still trading above a technical support level at $154, which is what matters more at this point than the results themselves. If the stock breaks that support level, it is a sign of more trouble to come.


Micron (MU)

Micron is falling tonight too, as are most chip stocks. Micron is of particular interest because the shares are approaching a support level based on the chart around $65.20. That has been a price point that has served as bottom recently and in the past. A break of that support may be a very bad sign for the stock’s direction.


Qualcomm (QCOM)

It’s sort of a similar situation for Qualcomm, with that important level of technical support coming around $131. Again, that has been an important price point on a few occasions going back to 2021. Like the others, if that level breaks it too would suggest lower prices are coming.


Originally Posted on May 25th, 2022 – Stocks Rally On Hawkish Fed Minutes, It’s Tomorrow That May Be The Problem

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