S&P 500 and Dow Jones futures on Friday advanced to new record highs.
Stock index futures are firm today due to news that China reported a 6.9% second quarter gross domestic product growth rate on the year, surpassing expectations. Economists expected 6.8% growth in the April to the June period.
The July New York Federal Reserve manufacturing index was 9.8, which compares to expectations of 15.
So far, of the 6% of S&P 500 companies that have reported second quarter earnings, 80% have beaten analysts' expectations.
The main trend for stock index futures is higher.
The U.S. dollar fell to a 10 month low, as interest rate differentials remain unfavorable to the greenback.
Longer term it appears that lower prices are likely for the U.S. dollar.
The euro currency remains near 14 month highs.
The euro is a little higher today even though euro zone June inflation data was roughly in line with expectations at 1.3%. This substantially below the European Central Bank’s target of just below 2%.
Speculation remains that the European Central Bank could announce plans to wind down its quantitative easing program at its September 7 policy meeting.
The main trend for the currency of the euro zone is higher.
The Australian dollar is firm due to the stronger than expected Chinese gross domestic product report.
Futures are narrowly mixed, although there was some support due to the weaker than anticipated New York Federal Reserve manufacturing index.
According to financial futures markets there is only a 3% probability that the Federal Reserve will increase its funds rate at the July 26 Federal Open Market Committee meeting.
The probability that the Federal Open Market Committee will increase its fed funds rate at the December 13 meeting is 48%, which is unchanged from Friday.
The long term fundamentals for futures are mixed.
September 17 S&P 500
Support 2451.00 Resistance 2462.00
September 17 U.S. Dollar Index
Support 94.740 Resistance 95.190
September 17 Euro Currency
Support 1.14660 Resistance 1.15260
September 17 Japanese Yen
Support .88840 Resistance .89320
September 17 Canadian Dollar
Support .78880 Resistance .79290
September 17 Australian Dollar
Support .7791 Resistance .7838
September 17 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds
Support 152^0 Resistance 153^6
August 17 Gold
Support 1224.0 Resistance 1239.0
September 17 Copper
Support 2.6800 Resistance 2.7400
August 17 Crude Oil
Support 46.03 Resistance 46.88
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