Citi says traders expect the biggest Fed-day move in the S&P 500 since 2023

Bloomberg cite data compiled by Citi:

the S&P 500 index is implied to move 0.95% on Wednesday … according to an options strategy known as an at-the-money straddle, where traders buy an equal number of calls and puts with the same strike price and expirationthe last time traders priced in an FOMC-day move this wide was in May 2023

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The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC)’s policy decision will be released on Wednesday May 1 at 2 pm US EDT (1800 GMT) with Fed Chair Jerome Powell following up with his press conference at 2:30 pm (1830 GMT).

Earlier previews:

Fed rate cuts in 2024? BlackRock’s CIO predicts more monetary easing aheadBoA on the FOMC meeting – more clarity on inflation is needed, in “want and see” modeFOMC meet this week: “the most interesting news about this meeting will come on 22 May”“Fed has simply run into a brick wall”expect a hawkish Fed and PowellFed cuts are not imminent

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