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FOMC Meeting Today and Tomorrow

by Archer Financial Services | Jan 30, 2018

By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS     

STOCK INDEX FUTURES

Stock index futures are lower due to rising interest rates and liquidation ahead of the two day Federal Open Market Committee meeting that starts today.

Also, investors are turning their attention to President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech this evening.

The 9:00 central time January consumer confidence index is expected to come in at 123.6, which would be up from December's decline to 122.1.

Traders are worried that the FOMC statement could be on the hawkish side. Some economists expect the central bank will raise its economic assessment, which I believe will probably be the case.

Once the FOMC meeting is out of the way, I expect the bull market to resume.

The main trend for stock index futures is higher. 

 

CURRENCY FUTURES

The U.S. dollar is lower and is failing to respond to rising U.S. interest rates, which is a sign of weakness.

The main trend for the U.S. dollar is lower.

The euro currency rallied on news that euro zone growth hit a 10 year high in 2017.

The economy of the 19 nation bloc grew 2.5% last year, which is the strongest growth since the 3% rate in 2007.

Expect higher prices for the euro currency, as speculation grows that the European Central Bank will remove some of its accommodation later this year.

The British pound is higher as financial futures markets now show traders believe there is approximately a 50% probability of another 25 basis point hike in U.K. interest rates in May.

 

INTEREST RATE MARKET FUTURES

Global bond yields continued to increase, which pressured the long end of the curve.

Some economists expect the FOMC to raise its economic assessment at this week’s policy meeting, which could put additional pressure on futures.

The probability of a fed funds rate hike at the Federal Open Market Committee’s January 30-31 policy meeting is 5%.

The probability of a fed funds rate hike at the FOMC’s March 21 policy meeting is 76%, which compares to 78% yesterday. 

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.

 

SUPPORT AND RESISTANCE

March 18   S&P 500

Support    2826.00       Resistance    2860.00

 

March 18   U.S. Dollar Index

Support    88.660         Resistance    89.540

 

March 18   Euro Currency

Support    1.23660       Resistance    1.24980

 

March 18   Japanese Yen

Support    .91750         Resistance    .92550

 

March 18   Canadian Dollar

Support    .80770         Resistance    .81360

 

March 18  Australian Dollar

Support    .8036           Resistance    .8122

 

March 18   Thirty Year Treasury Bonds

Support    147^4          Resistance    148^16

 

April 18   Gold

Support    1337.0         Resistance    1358.0

 

March 18   Copper

Support    3.1500         Resistance    3.2200

 

March 18   Crude Oil

Support    64.45           Resistance    65.67

 

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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