Stocks Drop Sharply On February 25 As Rates Explode

Stocks fell sharply on February 25 as rates across the curve rose very sharply. The S&P 500 fell roughly 2.5%, while the NASDAQ 100 Qs fell by almost 3.5%. Meanwhile, the 10-year Treasury rose to 1.52%, and 10-year Tips rose all the way to -60bps. That resulted in 10-year breakeven inflation rates dropping to 2.12%.

Look, we have been talking about rates rising since December when I wrote my 10 predictions for the year, with number 8 the 10-year, advancing to 1.5% in the first half of the year. Well, it is only February, and we are already there. The move is happening faster than I expected.  So at this point, it would not surprise me to see rates rise even further.

The Fed minutes and Powell’s commentary was what the equity market wanted to hear. Low rates for a long time. But Powell’s big mistake was that his low rate message and brushing off inflation rising was not what the bond market wanted to hear. The bond market was what Powell should be worried about because equities tend to take their cues from the bond market. So now rates are rising really fast, and Powell finds himself in a box. Keep the message the same, and bonds will continue to rise, and equities will continue to fall. Change the message and talk about containing inflation and moving sooner than previously mentioned, and equities will not be happy and continue to fall.

It really is a horrible place to live right now.

S&P 500 (SPY)

The S&P 500 closed below the November uptrend for the first time, and if it can’t rise above that trend line tomorrow, it will be a horrible sign. It will make 3,780 the next level of support that must hold, or the sell-off intensifies with a drop to 3,700.

Amazon (AMZN)

Amazon did not have a good day falling below support at $3,070. That makes the next level on the chart $2,870.

Taiwan Semi (TSM)

Taiwan Semi will be one to watch; it broke a big uptrend today. It means its next support level comes $120.

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