Fed Day Technical Take
What’s in Today’s Report:
- Pre-Fed Technical Take: a Make-or-Break Tipping Point for Equities
Stock futures are trading with cautious gains this morning as traders shrug off escalating tension between Russia and Ukraine while the BOJ initiated new stimulus overnight as focus turns to today’s Fed meeting.
Geopolitically, Russia is mobilizing 300,000 reservists to bolster military operations in Ukraine and indirectly threatened nuclear options in the latest escalation in the conflict which is driving gains in safe havens ahead of the Fed this morning.
Today, there is one economic report to watch in the morning: Existing Home Sales (E: 4.70M) but the primary market focus will clearly be on the Fed with the FOMC Announcement at 2:00 p.m. ET followed by Fed Chair Powell’s press conference at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Regarding the Fed, a 75 basis point hike and terminal Fed Funds rate near 4.25% is the consensus expectation so anything more hawkish than that will likely spark volatility and potentially even result in a test of the June lows in the S&P while anything more dovish than expectations has the potential to unleash a sizeable relief rally.