By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS
Stock index futures are higher due to signs that the Trump administration may ease back on plans for tariffs on European autos. There were reports that the U.S. ambassador to Germany told German auto executives that President Donald Trump could abandon his threatened tariffs in exchange for concessions.
The Automatic Data Processing employment change report showed 177,000 jobs were created in June. This report missed the consensus estimate of a gain of 190,000 jobs.
Also, the number of Americans filing applications for new unemployment benefits increased last week, but remained near historic lows. Initial jobless claims were up 3,000 to 231,000 in the week ended June 30. Economists expected 225,000 new claims last week.
The 8:45 central time June Services PMI is expected to be 56.5 and the 9:00 June Institute for Supply Management nonmanufacturing index is anticipated to be 58.4.
Overall, U.S. stock index futures are holding up relatively well in spite of the ongoing global trade uncertainties.
The U.S. dollar is lower and the euro currency is higher on news that German factory orders surged, which ended a series of declines this year. The 2.6% gain was more than twice as much as the 1.1% median estimate and is the first increase this year.
The British pound is higher after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said the U.K. economy is supporting the case for higher rates. He said incoming data had given him “greater confidence” that a sluggish first quarter was primarily due to poor weather.
Financial futures markets are now predicting there is an 80% probability that the BoE will hike its key lending rate in August. The probability was 75% before his speech.
Futures are lower due to rising expectations of a fed funds rate hike in September. In addition, flight to quality longs were liquidated in light of stronger stock index futures.
At 1:00 the Federal Open Market Committee will release the minutes of its June 13 policy meeting.
There are no Federal Reserve speakers scheduled for today.
The probability of a fed funds rate hike at the Federal Open Market Committee’s September 26 meeting is 80%, which compares to 70% on Wednesday.
The longer term trend for futures is lower.
September 18 S&P 500
Support 2707.00 Resistance 2742.00
September 18 U.S. Dollar Index
Support 93.820 Resistance 94.450
September 18 Euro Currency
Support 1.16850 Resistance 1.17980
September 18 Japanese Yen
Support .90650 Resistance .91250
September 18 Canadian Dollar
Support .76010 Resistance .76470
September 18 Australian Dollar
Support .7355 Resistance .7438
September 18 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds
Support 144^16 Resistance 145^16
August 18 Gold
Support 1249.0 Resistance 1267.0
September 18 Copper
Support 2.8300 Resistance 2.9450
August 18 Crude Oil
Support 73.39 Resistance 75.11
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