By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS
Stock index futures continued lower due to the ongoing political turmoil in Washington.
In addition, there is the government shutdown issue that Congress will contend with this week with Republican leaders seeking a six week funding bill that would keep the government open through March 23.
The 8:45 central time January PMI Services Index is expected to be 53.3 and the 9:00 January 9:00 Institute for Supply Management Non-Manufacturing Index is anticipated to be 56.2.
Analysts are now predicting fourth quarter earnings growth will be 13.6% for the S&P 500, which is up from the estimate of 12% on January 1.
So far, with approximately half of the companies in the S&P 500 having reported results, 78% of them beat analysts’ expectations.
Recent pressure on futures may have to do more with the political tensions in Washington rather than with increasing interest rates. Keep in mind that longer term interest rates were higher in 2014 than they are now and stock index futures were at much lower levels.
In spite of the selling recently, the S&P 500, Dow and NASDAQ are still all higher for the year.
This is not the beginning of any new bear market.
The U.S. dollar is a little higher, but overall, the greenback has recently shown a tendency to underperform on bullish news, which is a sign of weakness. The main trend for the U.S. dollar is lower.
Although the euro currency is lower now, the currency of the euro zone is likely to be supported by speculation that the European Central Bank will remove some of its accommodation later this year. In addition, some analysts are predicting an interest rate hike from the ECB in the first quarter of 2019.
The euro zone economy had an even stronger start to 2018 than analysts first estimated.
The composite Purchasing Managers Index for the euro zone advanced to 58.8 in January from 58.1 in December. The estimate was 58.6.
The main trend for the currency of the euro zone is higher.
Thirty year Treasury bond futures are slightly higher.
Jerome Powell will be sworn in as the new Federal Reserve Chair today, taking over from Janet Yellen.
The probability of a fed funds rate increase at the FOMC’s March 21 policy meeting is 77%, which compares to 83% 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 2729.00 Resistance 2760.00
March 18 U.S. Dollar Index
Support 88.750 Resistance 89.330
March 18 Euro Currency
Support 1.24350 Resistance 1.25210
March 18 Japanese Yen
Support .90710 Resistance .91550
March 18 Canadian Dollar
Support .80110 Resistance .80880
March 18 Australian Dollar
Support .7882 Resistance .7966
March 18 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds
Support 144^0 Resistance 145^12
April 18 Gold
Support 1328.0 Resistance 1346.0
March 18 Copper
Support 3.1700 Resistance 3.2350
March 18 Crude Oil
Support 64.52 Resistance 65.78
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