"Risk-On" for No Obvious Reason

by Archer Financial Services | Aug 07, 2018

By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS   

All of the financial markets are performing as if there is a thaw coming in tensions between the U.S. and China.  Global stock index futures are mostly higher. Flight to quality markets, such as Treasuries are being liquidated and the U.S. dollar is weaker.


The 9:00 central time June Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) is expected to be 6.65 million.

The 2:00 June consumer credit report is anticipated to show a $16 billion increase.

Of the 413 companies in the S&P 500 that have reported results so far, 79.2% of them have surpassed estimates. If this continues, it will be the highest number on record going back to the first quarter of 1994, according to Thomson Reuters.

U.S. stock index futures are performing well in spite of the ongoing global trade uncertainties, as the still relatively low global interest rate environment and the mostly stronger than estimated U.S. corporate earnings reports remain supportive.



The U.S. dollar is lower on limited news.

The euro currency is higher after it was reported that German exports in June of this year increased 7.8% compared to June of 2017.

The Canadian dollar and the Australian dollar are higher due to higher crude oil prices.

The Reserve Bank of Australia held its regularly scheduled policy meeting today. The RBA kept its key interest rate at a record low 1.5%, as expected. Economists believe Australia’s central bank may not be able to hike interest rates until late in 2019 or early 2020.  



Futures are mostly lower, especially at the long end of the curve.

The Treasury will auction three year notes today.

The probability of a fed funds rate hike at the Federal Open Market Committee’s September 26 meeting is 94%, which is unchanged from yesterday. 

Also, there are increasing probabilities of an additional rate hike in December.

The longer term trend for futures is lower, especially for the thirty year Treasury bonds.



September 18   S&P 500

Support    2846.00      Resistance    2863.00


September 18   U.S. Dollar Index

Support    94.720        Resistance    95.270


September 18   Euro Currency

Support    1.15810      Resistance    1.16520


September 18   Japanese Yen

Support    .89970        Resistance    .90430


September 18   Canadian Dollar

Support    .76860        Resistance    .77270


September 18   Australian Dollar

Support    .7376          Resistance    .7455


September 18   Thirty Year Treasury Bonds

Support    142^20       Resistance    143^12


December 18   Gold

Support    1213.0        Resistance    1228.0


September 18   Copper

Support    2.7200        Resistance    2.7750


September 18   Crude Oil

Support    68.66          Resistance    70.11

For more information about these markets, please contact Alan at 312.242.7911  or via email at alan.bush@admis.com. Thank you.

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