Jobless Claims Fall to a Five Week Low

by Archer Financial Services | Dec 07, 2017

By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS     


Initial jobless claims fell 2,000 to a five week low to 236,000 in the week ended December 2. Economists predicted claims would total 240,000.

The 2:00 central time October consumer credit report is expected to show a $17.3 billion increase.

Republicans in the House and Senate continue their work on a compromise tax reform plan, which they hope to have on President Donald Trump’s desk by the end of the year. 

Efforts to avoid a government shutdown continue, with President Trump scheduled to meet with congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle later today in an effort to negotiate a long term budget agreement.

The main trend for stock index futures is higher.



The U.S. dollar hit a two week high due to stronger risk appetite and on optimism that the U.S. will push through a tax reform plan.

The euro currency is lower on news that German industrial output unexpectedly declined for a second month. Output was down 1.4% in October, which compares to the estimate of a .9% increase. The final reading of third quarter gross domestic product for the euro zone showed an unrevised .6% expansion.

The British pound is higher after a report showed U.K. house prices increased for a fifth month in November, which is partially due to a lack of homes for sale. Prices increased .5% on the month and growth accelerated at the fastest quarterly rate since January. 

The Canadian dollar is lower in spite of a report that showed Canada’s building permits increased 3.5% in October. Expectations were for a 1% increase.

The Australian dollar is lower on news that Australia's economy grew at a slower pace than expected.  The economy increased .6% in the third quarter from the second quarter, when analysts had predicted growth of .7%.



Flight to quality buying came into the market yesterday due to renewed Mideast concerns.

However, futures are mixed today.

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 over than 99%.




December 17   S&P 500

Support    2622.00       Resistance    2638.00


December 17   U.S. Dollar Index

Support    93.420         Resistance    93.870


December 17    Euro Currency

Support    1.17720       Resistance    1.18280


December 17    Japanese Yen

Support    .88570         Resistance    .89290


December 17    Canadian Dollar

Support    .77610         Resistance    .78320


December 17   Australian Dollar

Support    .7501           Resistance    .7583


March 18   Thirty Year Treasury Bonds

Support    153^12        Resistance    154^20


February 18   Gold

Support    1252.0         Resistance    1271.0


March 18   Copper

Support    2.9400         Resistance    3.0000


January 18   Crude Oil

Support    55.63           Resistance    56.55


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