What a difference a day makes. Or even a few hours. That’s how sharply the markets turned after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell stated in an address about the committee’s approach to monetary policy that they were “closely monitoring the implications” of President Trump’s array of tariffs on the domestic economy and would “act as appropriate to sustain the expansion.”

Those small concessions alone managed to perk up the broad market from a month-long losing streak to gain 5% in less than a week. You can see the massive shift from bear to bull by taking a look at the Direxion Daily S&P 500 Bull 3X Shares ETF.

SPXL chart

Source: Bloomberg. Date: 5/14/19 – 6/14/19. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.  Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. For standardized performance and the most recent month-end performance, click here.

The obvious hope among traders is that “act as appropriate” translates to “we’re going to cut rates, make borrowing easier, and open the floodgates of liquidity.”

That’s certainly how the market and many commentators have taken it. In the four days following Powell’s speech, the average daily change in the S&P 500 was 1.16%. For context, that’s the index’s best four-day performance all year, only rivaled in recent history by the bounce in late 2018. What’s more, the CME’s Fed Watch tool, almost overnight, began anticipating a 90% chance of a rate hike by the September FOMC meeting. For this week, most are expecting a change in policy stance but not a rate cut just yet.

One obvious means of approaching this opportunity is to stick with broad equity trades like SPXL, or other popular industries that thrive in a low-rate environment, such as homebuilders and defense contractors, two sectors that have already shown strong performance even before Powell’s speech. You can see how sector ETFs like the Direxion Daily Homebuilders & Supplies Bull 3X Shares ETF and the Direxion Daily Industrials Bull 3X Shares ETF have performed next to the surging SPXL.

Source: Bloomberg. Date: 5/14/19 – 6/14/19Past performance is not indicative of future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.  Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. For standardized performance and the most recent month-end performance, click here.

However, the problem with anticipating a cut in interest rates right now is that much of the market has already factored it in. Major indexes have already more than halved their May losses, and most poised to retake their all-time high before the end of the second quarter.

That is, if there is an incoming rate cut. Keep in mind that many of the expectations for a rate cut give a fairly wide time frame, anywhere from the 20% chance the CME is projecting for a cut in the upcoming June meeting to the 95% chance it estimates by the October meeting.

While there’s no telling how circumstances might change between now and the end of the year, the immediate economic picture from the Fed’s point of view is that the economy is chugging along just fine. While its possible the market may exercise some patience with the Fed, the volatility that’s we’ve seen over the past twelve months should indicate that this isn’t a patient market.

If the Fed takes the next few meetings to simply leave rates unchanged, investors shouldn’t be shocked to see some areas of the market scramble more than others. Semiconductors and consumer discretionary were two areas that reacted dramatically during May’s turmoil, as did many media companies. You can get a glimpse of all of this by checking the performance of the Direxion Daily Semiconductor Bear 3X Shares ETFDaily Consumer Discretionary Bear 3X Shares ETF and Daily Communication Services Index Bear 3X Shares ETF.

Source: Bloomberg. Date: 5/14/19 – 6/14/19Past performance is not indicative of future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.  Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. For standardized performance and the most recent month-end performance, click here.

Many of the forces that were weighing on these areas of the market in May still persist today, the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, scrutiny over internet and media companies’ use of private data, as well as flagging retail sales and consumer spending. However, the market has forgiven these flaws for the promise of rate cuts that may be somewhere on the horizon.

Although the long-standing threat of a global slowdown makes it impossible to entirely discount the possibility of lower interest rates this year, traders should remember that it only takes a day for things to change.

So if you’re worried, you’re still welcome

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