“Coleman, it was all a dream, a terrible awful dream.”
So says Louis Winthorpe III in Trading Places…
Indeed shorts came across one of the most painful of sessions in a long, long time. Wasn’t it just a scant week ago that the SPX undercut the trading low for our recent move lower and the DJIA broke below 12,000? Ah, what a few words – or in this case, absence of wording can do for a marketplace. In removing the tightening bias from their statement, the FOMC set off the buy stop heard round the world. How aggressive was the pandemonium? In the first 5 minutes after the announcement, the SPmini contract traded over 124,000 contracts with a face value of NEARLY $9BILLION. At the end of the first 30 minutes of trading post – FED, the contract traded a value of over $33 BILLION.
Rumors were abundant that institutional buy stop orders were triggered above 1430, 1437, 1441 and 1445 in the SPM7 contract. By the time the bell rang the indices, as a collection, rested just beneath February 27th levels and have seemingly announced to the world that this correction has run its course. Again…what a difference a week makes. One interesting area of trading has been the performance of the long end of the curve since the announcement. Initially, the bonds surged higher…today they rest -18/32 from yesterday’s close as players have time to reassess some of the initial thoughts. For index buyers this is not the scenario they wish to play out. Keep a close eye on potential trigger points across all markets the next several days as we adjust to this new found optimism.
A quick note on the internals…the NDX cumulative breadth reading (2006 start date) has rallied significantly since last week and now rests just below recent highs. In addition, the SPX (top 100 issues only) cumulative breadth reading reached a new high with yesterday’s close (2006 start date). These readings are used as a thermometer, and right now it appears as though there may be more upside to come.