By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS
U.S. stock futures declined due to weak economic news from Europe.
However, hopes that the U.S. and China might be able to reach a trade deal limited the selling pressure.
U.S. and Chinese officials will start another round of trade talks in Beijing next week. The U.S. delegation is scheduled to begin arriving in Beijing over the weekend.
Initial jobless claims declined 19,000 to 234,000 in the week ended February 2, which was higher than the 225,000 median estimate.
The 2:00 central time December consumer credit report is expected to show a $17.5 billion increase.
In spite of lower prices today, stock index futures have been performing better than the news would suggest since the lows were made in late December.
The U.S. dollar again advanced by default due to weaker economic data overseas.
The euro currency is lower as a result of more downbeat economic news coming out of the European Union.
The European Commission cut its growth forecast for the euro zone to 1.3% in 2019, which is substantially below a 1.9% growth rate that was forecast in November. The report partially blamed the U.S.-China trade war for the slower growth rate. In addition, the report lowered euro zone inflation expectations to 1.4% in 2019 and 1.5% in 2020.
Industrial output in Germany in December was down 0.4% from November when an increase of 0.8% was expected.
The Bank of England left its key bank rate unchanged at 0.75%, as expected, at its policy meeting today.
The British pound fell to a two-week low after the Bank of England cut its growth forecast for the U.K. economy. However, there was recovery when the BoE said it still expects to hike interest rates in coming years in spite of a weaker growth outlook for the global and U.K. economies.
The Treasury will auction 30 year bonds today.
At 6:30 this evening St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard will deliver a presentation on the U.S. economy and monetary policy.
Financial futures markets are predicting a 96% probability that the fed funds rate will remain unchanged at the current level of 2.25%-2.50% this year.
There is a 4% chance of an increase in the fed funds rate by 25 basis points in 2019.
The thirty year Treasury bond futures have remained in a broad trading range since the first week in January. A U.S.-China trade agreement, or hint of one, would be the catalyst to take futures lower.
March 19 S&P 500
Support 2703.00 Resistance 2733.00
March 19 U.S. Dollar Index
Support 96.030 Resistance 96.550
March 19 Euro Currency
Support 1.13530 Resistance 1.14110
March 19 Japanese Yen
Support .91080 Resistance .91610
March 19 Canadian Dollar
Support .75310 Resistance .75870
March 19 Australian Dollar
Support .7093 Resistance .7133
March 19 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds
Support 145^18 Resistance 146^16
April 19 Gold
Support 1302.0 Resistance 1319.0
March 19 Copper
Support 2.8150 Resistance 2.8550
March 19 Crude Oil
Support 52.93 Resistance 54.27
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