The June 14th, 2017 Fed Hike, and Its’ Repercussions
Earlier in the week, I made a post regarding the Federal Reserve’s decision to hike not meaning anything to the market. I’m going to use $ES_F (the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index) here rather than $YM_F (the Dow Jones Industrial Average Futures) because the Dow is “price-weighted”…meaning that the most expensive stocks have the strongest impact on the average. This sort of index weighting can distort the true measure of the index rather easily. The S&P 500 is weighted based on the market capitalization of the companies within the index; which means companies with higher market capitalizations have more impact on the movement/pricing of the index. It’s also a basket of 500 stocks, rather than the Dow’s 30, so it also gives us a wider breadth of the market to base trends on.
So We’re In a Bear-Market Now For Sure Right?
Bears crying out all over the internet are saying this hike has essentially brought about the end of the world and the market. But take a look at the chart above…what happened to the market after all was said and done with Wednesday’s hike?
Absolutely nothing. The markets faded on low volume, rose on low volume, faded again on slightly higher volume and then on Friday returned to where it was (on decent volume) prior to the Fed hike announcement.