By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS
Stock index futures surged yesterday after Federal Reserve Chairman Powell surprised the markets by delivering dovish comments on U.S. monetary policy in a speech to the Economic Club of New York.
Powell said currently U.S. interest rates are just below “neutral” levels and that the Fed will remain data dependent, and there is no set path for adjusting interest rates. Analysts interpreted Powell’s remarks as meaning the Fed will likely increase interest rates at its December meeting, but after that all bets are off on a gradual interest rate increase course next year.
There was limited pressure today after President Trump said there was “a long way to go” on tariffs with China and urged companies to build products in the U.S.
President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are due to hold trade talks on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires on Saturday.
Personal consumption expenditures increased a seasonally adjusted .6% in October from the prior month, which was the largest monthly increase since March. Personal income, rose .5% in October, which is the best gain since January. Economists had forecast a .4% rise in both spending and incomes.
Initial jobless claims increased 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 234,000 in the week ended November 24. Economists expected 220,000 new claims last week.
The 9:00 central time October pending home sales index is expected to be unchanged.
I thought Powel’s comments yesterday would be dovish, but they were even more dovish than I thought.
A less hawkish FOMC has long term bullish implications for stock index futures.
The U.S. dollar came under pressure yesterday when Powell delivered surprisingly dovish interest rate comments.
However, there are small flight to quality gains today after President Trump’s comments on trade with China.
The euro currency is steady on mixed data from the euro zone.
Germany’s jobless rate unexpectedly fell to record low 5% in November from 5.1% and the number of people out of work fell 16,000 compared with an estimated decline of 10,000.
German inflation eased in November and was below forecasts. Germany's annual inflation rate fell to 2.2% from 2.4% in October. Economists had forecast a rate of 2.3% in November.
Financial futures markets are pricing in just over a 70% chance of a rate hike from the European Central Bank by the end of 2019, which is down from almost 100% earlier this month.
The Swiss franc is lower after a report showed the Swiss economy unexpectedly contracted in the third quarter.
The British pound is lower in spite of news that U.K. mortgage approvals unexpectedly increased to a nine month high, according to the Bank of England.
Powell’s comments yesterday continue to support futures today.
At 1:00 the Federal Open Market Committee will release the minutes from its November 8 policy meeting.
Federal Reserve speakers today are Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank President Loretta Mester at 1:00, Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans at 1:00 and Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Robert Kaplan at 2:00.
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 83%, which compares to 79% yesterday.
I expect the interest rate futures market will likely trend higher, led by the thirty year Treasury bond futures.
I will be out of the office on Friday, November 30.
December 18 S&P 500
Support 2725.00 Resistance 2744.00
December 18 U.S. Dollar Index
Support 96.440 Resistance 96.970
December 18 Euro Currency
Support 1.13550 Resistance 1.14210
December 18 Japanese Yen
Support .88030 Resistance .88550
December 18 Canadian Dollar
Support .75040 Resistance .75540
December 18 Australian Dollar
Support .7291 Resistance .7358
December 18 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds
Support 139^18 Resistance 140^30
December 18 Gold
Support 1217.0 Resistance 1232.0
December 18 Copper
Support 2.7700 Resistance 2.8050
January 19 Crude Oil
Support 49.33 Resistance 51.88
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