The Automatic Data Processing employment change report showed private sector employment slowed in September as firms added 135,000 jobs. This compares to expectations of a gain of 150,000 jobs.
The 8:45 central time September Services PMI is anticipated to be 55.1 and the 9:00 September Institute for Supply Management nonmanufacturing index is estimated to be 55.5.
The main trend for stock index futures is higher.
The U.S. dollar is lower as a major resistance area is holding and in spite of increasing probabilities of a fed funds rate hike in December.
In addition, some of the selling in the greenback can be attributed to a report that said Fed Governor Jerome Powell was favored by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin over former Fed Governor Kevin Warsh. Janet Yellen’s term as Fed Chair will expire in February.
Powell is perceived to be more dovish than Warsh.
The euro currency is higher in spite of news that retail sales declined in the euro zone for the second consecutive month in August.
The British pound is higher on news that business activity in Britain's service sector edged up in September from an almost one year low in the previous month. A purchasing managers’ index for the services industry increased to 53.6 in September, which is up from 53.2 in August.
The Canadian dollar and the Australian dollar are higher due to firmer crude oil prices.
Federal Reserve speakers today are St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard at 2:00 and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen at 2:15.
The Federal Reserve appears to be on track to raise its fed funds rate for a third time this year, and the fifth since late 2015, to a range between 1.25% and 1.50%.
According to financial futures markets, the probability that the Federal Open Market Committee will increase its fed funds rate at the December 13 meeting is 83%, which compares to 78% yesterday.
The long term fundamentals for futures are mixed.
December 17 S&P 500
Support 2526.00 Resistance 2536.00
December 17 U.S. Dollar Index
Support 93.010 Resistance 93.550
December 17 Euro Currency
Support 1.17720 Resistance 1.18470
December 17 Japanese Yen
Support .88760 Resistance .89470
December 17 Canadian Dollar
Support .80010 Resistance .80450
December 17 Australian Dollar
Support .7814 Resistance .7878
December 17 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds
Support 152^18 Resistance 153^12
December 17 Gold
Support 1270.0 Resistance 1288.0
December 17 Copper
Support 2.9400 Resistance 2.9800
November 17 Crude Oil
Support 49.79 Resistance 50.63
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