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“I think it’s natural we’ve tilted a little bit hawkish.” – James Bullard

So much for a quiet summer Friday.  While futures were already lower, a CNBC interview with St Louis Fed President James Bullard (non-voter) where he had some relatively hawkish comments has only caused the losses to snowball.   The S&P 500 is now on pace to open down about 1%.  Today is an options expiration day with an unusually large amount of contracts expiring so that coupled with the fact that it’s now a Federal Holiday (Juneteenth) where volumes will likely be low, may only add to any potential volatility.

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We’ve seen quite a divergent move in the growth and value spaces over the last two days.  While the S&P 500 Growth index closed at an all-time high, its Value counterpart has been subjected to selling pressure.  As a result, the performance gap between the two indices over the last two trading days has shot up to 2.64 percentage points.  That may sound like a relatively wide gap, but relative to the last year, it’s not all that extreme.  Back in January, we saw a wider performance gap, and last year we saw numerous two-day periods where the two-day gap widened out more.

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