US equity indexes closed significantly higher, sp +25pts at 2627. The two leaders - Trans/R2K, settled higher by 1.7% and 1.5% respectively. VIX settled +1.6% at 10.03. Near term outlook offers cooling to 2572/64, but more broadly, the original year end target of 2683 is within range.
US equities opened a little higher, and built broad gains into the early afternoon. A North Korean missile launch spooked the market from 2621 to 2610, but then tax chatter saw the market rebound straight to new historic highs. Of the six indexes I regularly highlight, five broke new historic highs. On any basis.. it was a very bullish day.
Market volatility saw a swing from a morning low of 9.53 to 10.31, settling in the low 10s. A sporadic burst to the 12/13s is not a stretch, as the sp'500 now has four downside gaps to fill/tag.
As for Powell...
As I noted some time ago, does it really matter who is leading Print Central? Regardless of who leads, we know more printing is coming, and eventually, the serious threat they'll move to negative rates to inspire demand in the 'consumer based economy'.
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