This Week: FOMC Rate Decisions and Earnings from AZO and FDX. A look ahead.


This week is fairly quiet on the earnings front apart from Autozone and FedEx. On the economic news front a slew of interest rate decisions and global CPI and PMI reports. The FOMC announces Wednesday. The market is all but certain (99%) the Fed stays put this month but the focus will be on any hawkish language in the statement. SPY options are pricing about a 1.1% move for the week at about 14 IV. That IV drops the next week to 12, so options markets are trying to price a bit of volatility for this week, however, it’s from a very low level of overall option prices. On that front, the VIX is now about 15, but got under 13 last week (pre-pandemic levels).

IV is historically low across the board but this past Friday’s expiration saw a significant amount of option premium expire. Traders will be keeping an eye on whether there was a shift in the vol regime following that expiry. It is possible that the gamma in the market into this past Friday’s expiry had a dampening effect on moves. Whether traders become option buyers or remain rolling sellers is yet to be seen. Keep an eye on both 0DTE/Weekly IV as well as the VIX to get a sense of which way that bias is trending.

Expected Moves This Week:

  • SPY: 1.1%
  • QQQ: 1.6%
  • IWM: 1.5%

Earnings of Note


  • SFIX Stitch Fix, Inc. 16.4%


  • AZO Autozone 5.3%
  • APOG Apogee Enterprises, Inc. 8.8%


  • FDX FedEx Corporation 4.6%
  • GIS General Mills, Inc. 4.8%
  • KBH KB Home 6.2%


  • FDS FactSet Research Systems Inc. 5.1%
  • DRI Darden Restaurantsts 5.1%

Economic Calendar

  • Tuesday: Canada CPI
  • Wednesday: UK CPI, FOMC Rate Decision
  • Thursday: Japan Rate Decision
  • Friday: S&P PMI

Scanner Highlights:

  • Overbought (RSI): GOOGL (63), INTC (62), TSLA (62)
  • Oversold (RSI): CHWY (16), DG (18), M (19), AAL (22), LVS (26), JETS (27)
  • High IV: MMAT NVAX (+121%), JBLU (+109%), DNA (+101%), UAL (+98%), DAL (+98%), PENN (+97%)
  • Unusual Options Volume: BEKE (+1687%), QQQ (+481%), AMAT (+445%), CHPT (+414%), OPEN (+397%), EBAY (+370%), JETS (+365%), FDX (+360%), LUV (+357%), WYNN (+291%), DG (+278%)

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