Daily Commentary - Posted on Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 10:54 PM GMT +1


Nov Wednesday 2

SPX Up > 1.50% on an FOMC Announcement Session

Up +1.61% on Wednesday, November 2, the S&P 500 (expectedly, see yesterday’s postings) recouped some of its recent losses on today’s FOMC announcement session.

But historically extraordinary gains on an FOMC announcement session are indicative for at least limited upside potential on the then following session. The table below shows all historical occurrences and the S&P 500′s performance over the course of the then following 1 to 5 sessions in the event the S&P 500 posted a 1.50%+ gain on the close of an FOMC announcement session in the past.

The S&P 500 never gained more than +0.75% on the close of the then following session (in this event Thursday, November 3), but lost -1.0%+ on 5 out of a total of 31 occurrences (since 1970). Therefore any (significant) pre-opening strength in the futures market or intraday upside follow-through on Thursday’s regular session might provide a short-term (intraday only) shorting opportunity.

Successful trading,


Disclosure: No position in the securities mentioned in this post at time of writing.


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Comments (3)


  1. Alex says:

    Thanks! I am very glad that you are back to posting, and please keep up your good work.

  2. predator says:

    welcome back frank

  3. Bernadette says:

    Thank you. Happy to see you back ..very much enjoy your posts.

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