Better European Equity Markets Support U.S. Stock Index Futures

by Archer Financial Services | Nov 26, 2018

By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS   


Stock index futures are sharply higher, following mostly stronger equity prices in Europe. 

European stock markets were underpinned by news that Italy and the European Union signaled a willingness to compromise on the budget deficit target.

In addition, there is a more optimistic feeling that the U.S. and China will make progress in upcoming trade talks. 

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to hold trade talks at the G-20 meeting in Buenos Aires on November 30.

The October Chicago Federal Reserve national activity index was 24, which compares to the estimate of 20.

The 9:30 central time November Dallas Federal Reserve manufacturing survey is expected to be 28.6.



The euro currency advanced on hopes for a compromise in the impasse over Italy's budget deficit when Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini indicated he may be willing to review the fiscal plan for 2019.

The apparent progress followed a weekend meeting in Brussels between Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Italian media reported that the deficit could be slashed from 2.4% to 2.2% of GDP. However, government sources suggested the deficit could be reduced to as low as 2%.

The euro is higher in spite of news that German business sentiment deteriorated for the third straight month in November.

The British pound firmed after Sunday's Brexit agreement, but the currency's gains were limited by doubts about Prime Minister Theresa May getting the deal through a divided parliament.



Last week the thirty year Treasury bond futures advanced to a seven week high.

Futures are lower today as flight to quality longs are liquidated in light of higher stock index futures.

According to the financial futures markets, the probability of a fed funds rate hike at the Federal Open Market Committee’s December 19 policy meeting is 76%.

If I am correct in my belief that the Federal Open Market Committee will increase its fed funds rate no more than two times next year, the thirty year Treasury bond futures will likely trend higher.



December 18   S&P 500

Support    2627.00      Resistance    2670.00


December 18   U.S. Dollar Index

Support    96.450        Resistance    96.980


December 18   Euro Currency

Support    1.13350      Resistance    1.14110


December 18   Japanese Yen

Support    .88260        Resistance    .88850


December 18   Canadian Dollar

Support    .75550        Resistance    .75980


December 18   Australian Dollar

Support    .7222          Resistance    .7288


December 18   Thirty Year Treasury Bonds

Support    139^16       Resistance    140^8


December 18   Gold

Support    1219.0        Resistance    1232.0


December 18   Copper

Support    2.7400        Resistance    2.7950


January 19   Crude Oil

Support    49.89          Resistance    52.13

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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