By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS
Stock index futures firmed after the European Central Bank at its policy meeting today was more dovish than most analysts had anticipated.
The number of U.S. workers filing new applications for unemployment benefits fell slightly last week. Initial jobless claims declined 3,000 to 223,000 in the week ended March 2. Economists had forecast 221,000 new applications for jobless benefits last week.
Stock index futures have been performing better than the news would suggest since late December.
The U.S. dollar advanced and the euro currency fell due to the dovish outcome of the ECB monetary policy meeting. The bar was high for the ECB to surprise on the dovish side, but the central bank was able to do just that when it make a surprise announcement of providing more liquidity to banks to stimulate more lending on the back of slowing economic growth.
The ECB pushed out the timing for its first post-crisis rate increase to 2020 at the earliest. The ECB’s rate on bank overnight deposits, which is currently its primary interest rate tool, remains unchanged at -0.40%.
The ECB said in a statement that the Governing Council now expects key ECB interest rates to remain at their present levels at least through the end of 2019, and in any case for as long as necessary.”
The euro zone fourth quarter gross domestic product was up 0.2% from the third quarter, which was in line with market expectations.
The British pound is lower in spite of news that U.K. house prices rebounded 5.9% in February.
The Canadian dollar is lower after a report showed Canada building permits declined 5.5% in January. Expectations were for a 5.0% decline.
The Australian dollar advanced when data showed that nation's trade surplus increased more than predicted in January, driven by higher exports.
Futures are higher after the European Central Bank at its policy meeting today was more dovish than most analysts had anticipated.
Financial futures markets are predicting a 90% 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 for a 25 basis point increase and there is a 6% probability of a decline in 2019.
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 2758.00 Resistance 2781.00
March 19 U.S. Dollar Index
Support 96.650 Resistance 97.230
March 19 Euro Currency
Support 1.12450 Resistance 1.13320
March 19 Japanese Yen
Support .89370 Resistance .89750
March 19 Canadian Dollar
Support .74340 Resistance .74660
March 19 Australian Dollar
Support .7020 Resistance .7060
June 19 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds
Support 144^20 Resistance 145^16
April 19 Gold
Support 1278.0 Resistance 1294.0
May 19 Copper
Support 2.9000 Resistance 2.9350
April 19 Crude Oil
Support 56.03 Resistance 57.23
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