Is there any pattern to trading around the FOMC meeting?
chart courtesy of Michael Panzner
Michael Panzner, whose charts have been gracing these pages quite regularly, observes:
Since the Federal Reserve began raising interest rates in the tightening cycle that began on June 30, 2004, the stock market has exhibited a curious short-term bipolarity in reaction to the central bank’s actions.
Generally speaking, regardless of which way prices finish up on the day of the hike — usually higher, though last time around they fell by more than 1% — they have tended to swing in the opposite direction 24 hours later.
Some might say that these short-term swings are nothing more than noise, casting little light on what is going on in the wake of the central bank’s widely-telegraphed strategy of boosting rates back towards more neutral levels.
A cynic might argue, however, that rather than having their anxieties assuaged by Dr. Greenspan’s supposedly more investor-friendly and transparent approach, market players remain as confused as ever about where things are — and where they are headed.
Maybe it’s time to change the meds?