Stocks finished mostly higher today on mixed signals out of the Fed. The S&P 500 started higher out of the gate as durable goods came in better than expected and a worse than expected new homes sales report did little to phase stocks. The FOMC statement came as a bit of a surprise to equity traders. Many who were looking for some sort of wording on a potential exit strategy were disheartened to learn of the Fed’s intention to leave rates low for “an extended period”.
The S&P tacked on 0.65% with the Nasdaq and Oracle’s strong earnings leading the way. The dollar rallied sharply on the day while the Euro and Yen lost ground. Copper prices added 3%, oil prices lost 1%, the vix lost 5%, gold added close to 1% and long bonds lost about 1%. Volume was again light and conviction in stocks was mild at best.
Mr. Roche is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Discipline Funds.Discipline Funds is a low fee financial advisory firm with a focus on helping people be more disciplined with their finances.
He is also the author of Pragmatic Capitalism: What Every Investor Needs to Understand About Money and Finance, Understanding the Modern Monetary System and Understanding Modern Portfolio Construction.