Better Earnings Support Stock Index Futures

by Archer Financial Services | Nov 21, 2017

By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS     


Stock index futures are being supported by upbeat results from some retailers, along with the belief that the global economy is strengthening.

The National Activity Index from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in October was .65, which compares to .36 in September. 

The 9:00 central time October existing home sales report is expected to show 5.44 million.

At 5:00 Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will participate "In Conversation with Mervyn King," which includes an audience question and answer session.

Historically stock index futures have shown a tendency to advance in the week of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

The computer models that I use continue to generate bullish signals for stock index futures.

The main trend for stock index futures is higher.



The U.S. dollar is firmer and the euro currency is lower again after the weekend collapse of coalition talks in Germany.

The British pound is higher after U.K. manufacturing orders surged by the most in almost three decades, which were helped by export demand.

The Confederation of British Industry said its monthly factory index increased to 17 from minus 2 in October, which is the highest level since August 1988.

The Canadian dollar is higher in spite of news that wholesale transactions in Canada fell 1.2% on a seasonally adjusted basis in September, which compares to market expectations of a .6% increase.



Other than Fed Chair Yellen there are no other Federal Reserve speakers scheduled for today.

Yesterday Yellen said she will resign her position on the board of governors once her nominated successor Jerome Powell takes over next February.

According to financial futures markets, the probability that the Federal Open Market Committee will increase its fed funds rate at the December 12-13 meeting is better than 99%.

I am totally on board with the consensus view that the FOMC will hike rates next month.

However, I expect only two fed funds rate increases in 2018, while some analysts are predicting three or more rate hikes in 2018 and the Fed is currently predicting three interest rate hikes.




December 17   S&P 500

Support    2576.00       Resistance    2596.00


December 17   U.S. Dollar Index

Support    93.770         Resistance    94.160


December 17    Euro Currency

Support    1.17210       Resistance    1.17880


December 17    Japanese Yen

Support    .88730         Resistance    .89270


December 17    Canadian Dollar

Support    .77830         Resistance    .78340


December 17   Australian Dollar

Support    .7523           Resistance    .7593


December 17   Thirty Year Treasury Bonds

Support    153^18        Resistance    154^24


December 17   Gold

Support    1273.0         Resistance    1286.0


December 17   Copper

Support    3.0800         Resistance    3.1250


January 17   Crude Oil

Support    56.13           Resistance    57.03

For more information about these markets, please contact Alan at 312.242.7911  or via email at alan.bush@admis.com. Thank you.

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