MrTopStep Mid-Month Equity View

MrTopStep Mid-Month Equity View

The U.S. stock markets have pushed higher to start June; however, with this week's FOMC and quarterly options' mid-month expiration, we expect to see a profit-taking pullback for an opportunity to buy.

MrTopStep Mid-Month Equity View
MrTopStep Mid-Month Equity View Getty Images

The Nasdaq and Russell 2000 futures both hit all-time highs yesterday, while the Dow Jones futures continued to trade under the March high. The S&P 500 futures are fighting hard to get back to 2800, but as of yesterday’s close, the index was trading roughly 100 handles from its all-time highs.

This week is the time for equity mid-month rebalancing. With all eight sessions of this month closing higher for the S&P 500 futures (ESU18), we expect the rebalancing to lead to some profit-taking. The quarterly quad witching expiration also occurs this week on Friday. Meanwhile, the FOMC meeting is scheduled for today.

While there are plenty of headline events on the economic calendar this week, we are not expecting the U.S. equity indices to trend hard in either direction. For now, it seems that headline risks have quieted, including the Italian bond situation and the Trump/Korea news.

These markets are starting to look forward to July’s Q2 earnings which follow this year’s historically strong Q1 earnings. This week, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch released its monthly survey of fund managers who reported that U.S. stocks are the most overweight that they have been in 15 years. At the same time, stock markets in  Europe, Asia, and emerging markets have experienced growing pessimism.

Our broader view into the end of this month is to buy rallies. It’s summertime and volume is declining, which is natural for this time of year. Daily ranges are narrowing as volatility is decreasing. The VIX will soon be back below $11 and start aiming for the $10 handle. We expect to see a lot of positioning in anticipation of good Q2 earnings in early July, and at least for now, the path is clear for equities.

For today, the 2:00 FOMC headlines rule the day with the CME’s Fed Fund Rate futures suggesting a 95% probability that interest rates will rise. After today’s price action, the technical picture will become more clear. We intend to update our more precise view over the next week once we gauge the FOMC reaction today.

Today’s Economic Calendar:

  • MBA Mortgage Applications 7:00 AM ET
  • PPI-FD 8:30 AM ET
  • Atlanta Fed Business Inflation Expectations 10:00 AM ET
  • EIA Petroleum Status Report 10:30 AM ET
  • FOMC Meeting Announcement 2:00 PM ET
  • FOMC Forecasts 2:00 PM ET
  • Fed Chair Press Conference 2:30 PM ET

 

The information contained above may have been prepared by independent third parties contracted by Nadex. In addition to the disclaimer below, the material on this page is for informational and educational purposes only and should not be considered an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any financial instrument on Nadex or elsewhere. Please note, exchange fees may not be included in all examples provided. View the current Nadex fee schedule. Nadex accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of these comments and for any consequences that result. No representations or warranties are given as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Consequently any person acting on it does so entirely at their own risk and any trading decisions that you make are solely your responsibility. Trading on Nadex involves financial risk and may not be appropriate for all investors. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. Nadex contracts are based on underlying asset classes including forex, stock index futures, commodity futures, cryptocurrencies, and economic events.

Trading can be volatile and investors risk losing their investment on any given transaction. However, the design of Nadex contracts ensures investors cannot lose more than the cost to enter the transaction. Nadex is subject to U.S. regulatory oversight by the CFTC.