By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS
Stock index futures are higher after President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a joint statement at a historic summit, but offered few details on their promise to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. Additional talks are planned.
The May National Federation of Independent Business small business optimism index increased to 107.8, which compares to expectations of 105.2.
The May consumer price index rose .2%, as anticipated and the CPI, excluding the volatile food and energy sectors, was also up .2%, as estimated.
Traders appear to be gradually shifting their focus of attention more toward the still bullish overall accommodative global interest rate policies and away from the geopolitical worries.
The euro currency continues to be supported by the belief that the European Central Bank at its policy meeting on Thursday will debate the end of its quantitative easing program.
The Bank of Japan will hold its regularly scheduled policy meeting on Friday.
The U.S. dollar continued to gain against the Canadian dollar as investors react to an escalating trade conflict between the two countries.
Futures are lower across the board, as flight to quality longs continue to be liquidated.
The lack of flight to quality buying recently in any of the flight to quality vehicles, including Treasuries, suggests the market believes there will be a resolution to one degree or another to the variety ongoing geopolitical issues.
Today is the first day of a two day Federal Open Market Committee meeting. Tomorrow the FOMC will release a statement at 1:00 central time followed by a press conference at 1:30.
The Treasury will auction thirty year bonds today.
The probability of a fed funds rate hike from the Federal Open Market Committee tomorrow is 95%, which compares to 94% yesterday.
Although geopolitical events will inevitably develop from time to time, which will produce short periods of flight to quality buying, the main trend for futures is lower.
June 18 S&P 500
Support 2775.00 Resistance 2793.00
June 18 U.S. Dollar Index
Support 93.350 Resistance 93.960
June 18 Euro Currency
Support 1.17320 Resistance 1.18250
June 18 Japanese Yen
Support .90450 Resistance .91030
June 18 Canadian Dollar
Support .76730 Resistance .77150
June 18 Australian Dollar
Support .7583 Resistance .7625
September 18 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds
Support 142^2 Resistance 143^0
August 18 Gold
Support 1295.0 Resistance 1308.0
July 18 Copper
Support 3.2300 Resistance 3.2750
July 18 Crude Oil
Support 65.73 Resistance 66.77
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