What is the Impact of the Fed Hike?

September 21, 2022

Mish's Daily

By Mish Schneider

Written by Mish Schneider


The Fed Ex news has caused many analysts to worry about the transportation sector and the potential ripple effects this could have on the rest of the market.

As we have written before, transportation sector is seen as a barometer of economic activity.

The Fed hikes and FedEx lowered profit revisions point to continued economic weakness and softening of the global economy.

After the announcement, the market’s volatility became a bit muddied as far as the more lasting reaction.

Initially down, then up, then down, then closing lower, was .75 basis points enough to squash inflation and give the securities’ market some, well, security?

Today’s 75 basis point hike and guidance to raise a further 100 basis points come at a time when IYT Trans (transportation), the forerunner of economic activity, is signaling and fighting to reclaim strength.

By the end of the day, IYT broke the very significant 200-week moving average. Our risk indicators are now 100% negative.

So, what did the Fed accomplish?

Demand destruction? End of inflation? A new flight to safety?

  1. Demand destruction-clearly IYT says yes. But will that curb inflation in a time of geopolitical stress?
  2. End of inflation-yes in housing, used cars, consumer discretionary and oil prices for now. Yet, food, and an energy crisis may not solve the long-term problem. Not to mention geopolitics
  3. A new flight to safety? In the article I wrote for cmc markets (link under media) we hoped for a 1.00 raise so the market would think that was it for the year. Instead, we may have seen a new safety play-20+ year long bonds TLT.

After months of a trading range in the overall indices, it is possible we see a reversal back up on Thursday. However, it is probably more likely though as we break the lows of that range, we see a new leg lower and then can reassess risk.

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Mish in the Media

Coindesk on the Fed Announcement 09-21-22

CMC Markets Weekly Update Post FOMC 09-21-22

Biz First AM Price, Momentum Psychology 09-20-22

Bloomberg BNN 09-16-22

Ameritrade 09-15-22 

ETF Summary

S&P 500 (SPY) 380 a big area of support broke-now must clear back or 372 next

Russell 2000 (IWM) 177 broke-if does not recapture 167 next

Dow (DIA) 301 teetering support

Nasdaq (QQQ) 276-275 next support if cannot get back over 286

KRE (Regional Banks) Broke with the market 60 support 63.50 resistance

SMH (Semiconductors) 200 marginally holding. Needs to or sees 190

IYT (Transportation) 213 also teetering support so will see what it does from here

XRT (Retail) The consumer is definitely in the line of fire-62.15 if clears is a relief. Under 60.00 not so much

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