Futures are lower due to downbeat economic data coming from China and Germany. China's imports were up 11% in July versus the increase of 17% in June and exports increased 7.2%, which compares to up 11.3% in June. Germany's trade surplus grew in June, but its imports and exports fell.
The July National Federation of Independent Business small business optimism index increased 1.6 points in July to 105.2, which is the highest level since February and just under the 12 year high that was registered in January. The median estimate called for 103.5.
The 9:00 central time June JOLTS (Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey) report is expected to total 5.7 million. This report tracks the monthly change in job openings and offer rates on hiring and quits.
The main trend for stock index futures is higher.
The U.S. dollar was lower yesterday and also today after yesterday St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard said the Fed can leave interest rates where they are for now because inflation is not likely to increase very much even if the U.S. job market continues to improve.
Yesterday Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari talked about the inflation rate being below target. These comments appeared to be dovish on balance, which undermined the value of the U.S. dollar.
The main trend for the greenback is lower, as interest rate differential expectations remain bearish.
The euro currency is higher and there and there is underlying support for the euro, as speculation remains that the European Central Bank could announce plans to wind down its quantitative easing program this year, possibly at its September 7 policy meeting.
The main trend for the euro is higher.
The Canadian dollar and the Australian dollar are higher in spite of slightly lower crude oil prices. There was some support for the Australian dollar due to additional gains in iron ore prices.
The Treasury will auction three year notes today.
The probability that the Federal Open Market Committee will increase its fed funds rate at the December 13 meeting is 50%, which is unchanged from yesterday.
The long term fundamentals for futures are mixed.
September 17 S&P 500
Support 2469.00 Resistance 2481.00
September 17 U.S. Dollar Index
Support 93.030 Resistance 93.360
September 17 Euro Currency
Support 1.1811 Resistance 1.1855
September 17 Japanese Yen
Support .90330 Resistance .90930
September 17 Canadian Dollar
Support .78810 Resistance .79230
September 17 Australian Dollar
Support .7900 Resistance .7948
September 17 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds
Support 153^24 Resistance 154^16
December 17 Gold
Support 1260.0 Resistance 1275.0
September 17 Copper
Support 2.8900 Resistance 2.9200
September 17 Crude Oil
Support 49.03 Resistance 49.81
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