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Hawkish Fed bares it's talons

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In what seems like a repeat of the run-up to the March rate hike, the FED is taking every bit of slack the market will offer it to talk as hawkish as possible. Part of the FEDs "operation soft landing" is to prepare the market for tighter monetary conditions rather than shock it.

The FEDs "forward guidance" strategy is working, as evidenced by the significant move higher in Treasury yields. Equities and metals alike were hammered down yesterday intraday following Chair Powell's reinforcement of the idea of an upcoming 50bp hike.

The gold to silver ratio is on the cusp of breaking out higher. Although metals bulls have succeeded in mitigating the breakout in early trading this morning, the below weekly chart shows that the ratio is beginning to gain upside momentum.

A zoomed-out view of the S&P below shows the significance of the congestion area within which price is currently trapped. We can see that despite tighter financial conditions, however, the S&P has gone practically sideways since July 2021.

The downright ugly intraday reversal in the equity market yesterday (on a rejected breakout of the wedge we had been showing) should do a lot to crush lingering bullish sentiment and any hope of a quick continuation back to the all-time highs. An undercut of the April 18 low would reinforce bearish sentiment. Equities may continue the grind within the yellow highlighted box, setting the stage for a relief rally once the 50bp hike is actually executed.

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