By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS
U.S. stock index futures firmed yesterday when President Donald Trump said trade talks with China were going well and suggested he was open to pushing off the deadline to complete negotiations. President Trump said March 1 was not a “magical” date.
Stock index futures in the U.S. are subdued today due to a few downbeat earnings reports.
Stock index futures have been performing better than the news would suggest since the lows were made in late December, which should be viewed as a sign of long term strength.
The British pound fell due to the ongoing political turmoil surrounding the Brexit situation.
Selling pressure in the pound was limited by news that British factory orders picked up this month after dipping in January. Also, output is expected to be solid, according to a survey from the Confederation of British Industry.
The Japanese yen declined on news that Japan recorded its biggest trade deficit in nearly five years in January.
The yen was pressured yesterday after Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said the central bank was ready to increase stimulus measures if sharp yen gains hurt the economy.
The Canadian dollar and the Australian dollar, the “commodity currencies,” are likely to trend higher, as most industrial commodity prices work higher.
At 1:00 central time the Federal Open Market Committee will release the minutes from its January 30 policy meeting. The minutes of the previous FOMC meeting are reported three weeks after the meeting.
Financial futures markets are predicting an 87% probability that the fed funds rate will remain unchanged at the current level of 2.25%-2.50% this year. There is a 1% chance for a 25 basis point increase in 2019 and there is a 12% probability of a 25 basis point reduction this year.
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 strong hint of one, would be a catalyst to take futures lower.
March 19 S&P 500
Support 2768.00 Resistance 2790.00
March 19 U.S. Dollar Index
Support 96.160 Resistance 96.550
March 19 Euro Currency
Support 1.13440 Resistance 1.13910
March 19 Japanese Yen
Support .90260 Resistance .90670
March 19 Canadian Dollar
Support .75670 Resistance .75980
March 19 Australian Dollar
Support .7140 Resistance .7188
March 19 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds
Support 146^10 Resistance 147^8
April 19 Gold
Support 1339.0 Resistance 1355.0
March 19 Copper
Support 2.8650 Resistance 2.9000
April 19 Crude Oil
Support 55.55 Resistance 56.88
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