By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS
Stock index futures advanced for a sixth day.
Initial jobless claims in the week ended May 5 were unchanged from the previous week at 211,000, according to the Labor Department. Economists expected 215,000 new claims.
The consumer price index increased .2% in April, when up .3% was expected. Core prices, which excludes the volatile food and energy categories, gained .1% when an increase of .2% was anticipated.
In the longer term, traders will probably gradually shift their focus of attention more toward corporate earnings and the still overall accommodative global interest rate policies and away from a variety of geopolitical worries, including global trade tensions and now the situation between the U.S. and Iran.
The U.S. dollar is lower due to the weaker than anticipated consumer price index report.
The British pound is under pressure after the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee voted seven to two to leave its key interest rate unchanged at .5%. Two members voted to raise the rate to .75%.
Prior to the meeting futures markets were predicting there was only a 10% probability that the BoE would hike its key lending rate today.
The Bank of England said it still expects to hike its key interest rate over the coming years, saying that a slowdown in economic growth in the U.K. in the first quarter was probably temporary and is likely not as severe as first estimated.
The Canadian dollar and the Australian dollar are higher due to the increase in crude oil prices.
Futures are mostly higher as a result of the weaker than estimated consumer price index report.
The Treasury will auction 30 year bonds today.
The Federal Open Market Committee remains on track to deliver its second rate hike of the year when it meets next month.
The probability of a fed funds rate increase from the FOMC at the June 13 meeting is almost 100%, which is unchanged from yesterday.
While a June interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve appears to be fully priced in, the odds of a fourth rate hike in December stands at 90%.
I am still anticipating only two more rate increases this year from the Federal Reserve; one in June and another in December.
June 18 S&P 500
Support 2688.00 Resistance 2710.00
June 18 U.S. Dollar Index
Support 92.350 Resistance 93.110
June 18 Euro Currency
Support 1.18660 Resistance 1.19770
June 18 Japanese Yen
Support .91030 Resistance .91770
June 18 Canadian Dollar
Support .77740 Resistance .78660
June 18 Australian Dollar
Support .7446 Resistance .7544
June 18 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds
Support 142^10 Resistance 143^16
June 18 Gold
Support 1308.0 Resistance 1327.0
July 18 Copper
Support 3.0450 Resistance 3.1200
June 18 Crude Oil
Support 69.76 Resistance 71.55
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