By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS
Stock index futures are higher in spite of the federal budget impasse.
Jobless claims fell 9,000 to 221,000 in the week ended February 3 and remain near a 45 year low. Economists predicted a 235,000 reading.
Keep in mind that from when the recession lows for stock index futures were made in 2009, it has been the historically accommodative global monetary policies that have been the driver behind the meteoric price gains for stock index futures. However, from time to time, there have been a variety of geopolitical, or worrisome domestic political events that have temporarily interrupted the advance.
I stress the word temporary because every time traders and analysts have become too focused on the geopolitical risk-off event of the day, the bull market for stock index futures was eventually rescued by global central bank accommodation. Even with some central banks hiking interest rates and others withdrawing accommodation, global interest rates remain supportive to stock index futures.
I am not seeing the beginning of any new long term bear market for stock index futures.
The U.S. dollar is lower as flight to quality longs are liquidated in light of higher stock index futures.
Lower prices are likely for the greenback.
The euro currency is higher and is being supported by the belief 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 main trend for the currency of the euro zone is higher.
The British pound is sharply higher after the Bank of England hinted at earlier and larger rate hikes.
BoE policymakers voted unanimously to keep interest rates on hold at 50 basis points at today’s meeting.
However, they said rates would need to rise "earlier" and by a "somewhat greater extent" than they believed in November.
Most economists are predicting the next rate increase could come as soon as in May.
Flight to quality longs are being liquidated in light of higher stock index futures. The thirty year Treasury bond futures are at new lows for the move and are trading at the lowest levels since April 2015.
Earlier today Robert Kaplan, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, repeated his case for three rate hikes this year.
Kaplan said unemployment in the U.S. will drop below 4% and 2018 will be a "strong" year for the U.S.
Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George will speak at 8:00 this evening.
Following the 10 year notes sales yesterday, the U.S. Treasury will auction 30 year bonds today.
The probability of a fed funds rate increase at the FOMC’s March 21 policy meeting is 75%, which compares to 73% yesterday.
The long trend for futures is lower, especially for the thirty year Treasury bond futures.
March 18 S&P 500
Support 2641.00 Resistance 2693.00
March 18 U.S. Dollar Index
Support 89.840 Resistance 90.510
March 18 Euro Currency
Support 1.22340 Resistance 1.23370
March 18 Japanese Yen
Support .91180 Resistance .92000
March 18 Canadian Dollar
Support .79230 Resistance .79850
March 18 Australian Dollar
Support .7781 Resistance .7855
March 18 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds
Support 143^12 Resistance 145^2
April 18 Gold
Support 1307.0 Resistance 1328.0
March 18 Copper
Support 3.0600 Resistance 3.1200
March 18 Crude Oil
Support 61.00 Resistance 62.43
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