By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS
Stock index futures firmed yesterday when the path to U.S. tax reform became a little clearer after the Senate Budget Committee narrowly approved the Republican tax plan.
S&P 500 and Dow futures advanced to new historical highs today on news that U.S. economic growth in the third quarter was stronger than earlier thought and corporate profits rebounded during the summer months.
Gross domestic product expanded at a 3.3% seasonally and inflation adjusted annual rate in the third quarter. This was the strongest quarterly growth reading in three years and matched economists' expectations.
The report also showed increasing profits at U.S. businesses.
Earlier today Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the U.S. central bank will continue with its path of gradual increases in short term interest rates.
She offered a mostly upbeat assessment of the performance of the U.S economy during the second half of 2017.
The 9:00 central time October pending home sales report is expected to show a 1% increase.
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 fell in the overnight trade due to worries over a possible U.S. government shutdown. However, prices firmed later due to the gross domestic product report.
The euro currency is a little lower in spite of news that German inflation accelerated more than anticipated in November.
Germany's annual inflation rate advanced to 1.8% from 1.5% in October. Economists had forecast an increase of 1.7%.
The British pound responded positively to news that the U.K. and the E.U. may be close to a deal on the Brexit bill.
In addition, the pound was supported by news that consumer credit increased by 1.5 billion pounds, which was in line with the average pace of the past six months.
The Canadian dollar and the Australia dollar are lower due to weaker crude oil prices.
Futures are lower especially at the long end of the curve due to today’s release of the third quarter gross domestic product report and improving corporate earnings.
San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams will speak at 12:50.
At 1:00 the Federal Reserve will release its “Beige Book” on the economy.
Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell testified before the Senate Banking Committee yesterday, but made little mention of monetary policy.
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%.
December 17 S&P 500
Support 2620.00 Resistance 2635.00
December 17 U.S. Dollar Index
Support 92.810 Resistance 93.450
December 17 Euro Currency
Support 1.18210 Resistance 1.18980
December 17 Japanese Yen
Support .89250 Resistance .89950
December 17 Canadian Dollar
Support .77650 Resistance .78210
December 17 Australian Dollar
Support .7545 Resistance .7619
March 18 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds
Support 151^20 Resistance 153^24
February 18 Gold
Support 1286.0 Resistance 1301.0
March 18 Copper
Support 3.0600 Resistance 3.1250
January 18 Crude Oil
Support 57.31 Resistance 58.31
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