Granny Retail and Granddad Russell Dish Post FOMC

July 27, 2022

Mish's Daily

By Mish Schneider


Powell and crew raised the rates by .75 BPS in an attempt to continue the fight against inflation.

He even said, “Another unusually large increase in rates could appropriate, it depends on data.”

However, the market heard something different.

Sure, we rallied pre FOMC and continued to rally thereafter.

The market at this point hears that Powell didn’t go 1.00 BPS ergo is more concerned about the economy rather than inflation.

In other words, no worries on recession but then again, no worries on inflation either.

So what do our very sane and very old Granddad and Grandma have to dish about?

The Russell 2000 IWM closed up 2.25%. Retail or XRT closed up 2.52%.

On the chart, IWM ran into resistance while remaining above the 200-week moving average. Could IWM go up more?

Yes if first, junk bonds remain in risk on mode. Secondly, if IWM can hold above 180. Third, if IWM can close the week out over 183.30.

And finally, if the huge drop in the 20+ year long bonds do not ultimately make this day a one-day wonder.

Granny Retail has bigger issues. First, on the chart XRT is under the 50-DMA and in a bearish phase. Secondly, XRT is just barely above the 200-WMA at 60.90.

And finally, if the Fed is perceived as not able to do the hard rate raise and control inflation, the consumer will continue to feel the pinch of higher prices on real goods.

Sure, growth stocks are enjoying a move up.

How many times have we seen growth stocks outperform only to look back and realize that Granny and Gramps are not following the bliss?

We need real growth not growth based on a $52 billion boost to the US semiconductor industry.

So, we need to see XRT and IWM stay in the game. Perhaps the rise in durable goods orders and wholesale inventories defies recession fears.

Perhaps, but if IWM and XRT cannot move up from here it will be because:

  1. Inflation is just getting started and the Fed is way too late
  2. We really are in a stagflation environment-meaning stagnating economy and no real growth in site. Especially without the Fed juice.


ETF Summary

S&P 500 (SPY) 403 big resistance

Russell 2000 (IWM) 182.50-183.50 point to clear 180 to hold

Dow (DIA) 322-323 resistance 316 support

Nasdaq (QQQ) 308 big resistance 293 support key

KRE (Regional Banks) 60 key support-meh performance

SMH (Semiconductors) 230 now pivotal

IYT (Transportation) Back over the 50-DMA now has to hold

IBB (Biotechnology) support 120 Resistance 129

XRT (Retail) Has work to do-starts with getting back over the 50-DMA

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