By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS
U.S. stock index futures declined as trade tensions accelerate as a result of expectations that the U.S. might escalate tariffs on China this week.
The U.S. - Canadian trade talks will resume today.
Although U.S. equity markets are lower today, they continue to outperform China’s stock markets.
Today, China’s Shanghai Composite index fell 1.7% after a private gauge of China's service sector slowed in August.
The still relatively low global interest rate environment and the mostly stronger than estimated U.S. corporate earnings reports remain long term supportive to U.S. stock index futures.
The U.S. dollar was firm in the overnight trade due to concerns about a possible escalating trade conflict between the U.S. and China, which prompted investors to sell emerging market currencies. However, the greenback came under pressure more recently.
The euro currency is higher in spite of news that euro zone retail sales dropped 0.2% on a month to month basis in July leaving the annual rate at 1.1%, which is down 1.5% annualized in June.
The British pound is higher on news that the U.K. August services PMI beat forecasts, increasing to 54.3. The median forecast had been for a more modest gain to 54.0.
The Bank of Canada is expected to keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged at its policy meeting today.
The Australian dollar is higher due to a report that showed Australia's economy grew solidly in the second quarter.
Futures are only mixed in spite of a possible escalating trade conflict between the U.S. and China.
New York Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams will speak at 11:30, 2:00 and also at 4:30.
Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari will speak at 3:00 and Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Raphael Bostic will speak at 5:30.
According to financial futures markets, the probability of a fed funds rate increase at the Federal Open Market Committee’s September 26 meeting is close to 100%, which compares to 98% yesterday.
In addition, another fed funds rate hike is likely in December.
September 18 S&P 500
Support 2882.00 Resistance 2904.00
September 18 U.S. Dollar Index
Support 94.870 Resistance 95.650
September 18 Euro Currency
Support 1.15460 Resistance 1.16610
September 18 Japanese Yen
Support .89510 Resistance .89930
September 18 Canadian Dollar
Support .75670 Resistance .76070
September 18 Australian Dollar
Support .7140 Resistance .7231
December 18 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds
Support 142^26 Resistance 143^20
December 18 Gold
Support 1194.0 Resistance 1210.0
December 18 Copper
Support 2.5900 Resistance 2.6300
October 18 Crude Oil
Support 68.56 Resistance 69.79
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