By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS
Stock index futures performed well on Friday in spite of the weaker than expected nonfarm payrolls report.
The 2:00 central time November consumer credit report is expected to be up $18 billion.
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 higher in spite of a slightly lessened probability of a rate hike at the March FOMC policy meeting.
The euro currency is lower in spite of news that the European Commission said its Economic Sentiment Indicator, which aggregates business and consumer confidence, soared to nearly a two decade high. The index increased to 116 in December when the forecast was for 114.8.
The British pound is lower on reports that U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing a cabinet reshuffle.
The Canadian dollar and the Australian dollar are lower in spite of firming crude oil prices.
However, in the longer term, these “commodity currencies” are likely to trend higher against the U.S. dollar.
Federal Reserve speakers today are Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Raphael Bostic at 11:40 and San Francisco Bank President John Williams at 12:35.
The probability of a fed funds rate hike at the FOMC’s March 21 policy meeting is 63%, which compares to 68% on Friday.
In the longer term outlook, futures are likely to work lower, as it is likely that commodity and wage inflation will accelerate this year and be above the consensus estimates.
This will adversely impact the 30 year Treasury bond futures the most, since the long end of the curve is the most susceptible to the inflation influence.
March 18 S&P 500
Support 2731.00 Resistance 2751.00
March 18 U.S. Dollar Index
Support 91.510 Resistance 92.140
March 18 Euro Currency
Support 1.21100 Resistance 1.20110
March 18 Japanese Yen
Support .88410 Resistance .88980
March 18 Canadian Dollar
Support .80410 Resistance .80960
March 18 Australian Dollar
Support .7814 Resistance .7888
March 18 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds
Support 151^16 Resistance 152^16
February 18 Gold
Support 1312.0 Resistance 1327.0
March 18 Copper
Support 3.2100 Resistance 3.2550
February 18 Crude Oil
Support 61.20 Resistance 62.21
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