By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS
The February National Federation of Independent Business small business optimism index was 101.7, which compares to the estimate of 102.5.
U.S. consumer prices increased in February, as energy and food prices picked up, although the broader trend suggested inflationary pressures remain relatively tame.
The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.2% in February, as anticipated, while the volatile food and energy categories, the core prices, increased 0.1%, which compares to the estimate of a .2% gain.
Since the lows were made in late December, stock index futures have been performing better than the news would suggest, which should be viewed as a sign of long term strength.
The U.S. dollar declined as Brexit hopes boosted investor demand for riskier currencies.
The British pound initially advanced after an apparent breakthrough in Brexit negotiations between the E.U. and the U.K. encouraged buying of riskier currencies.
The pound fell later as optimism faded.
Pressure on the pound was limited by news that the U.K. economy rebounded in January after a weak December.
The Office for National Statistics said the U.K. economy grew at an annualized rate of 1.1% in the three months through January, which is up from a revised 0.9% in the three months through December.
Higher crude oil prices supported the Canadian dollar and the Australian dollar.
The Treasury will auction ten year notes today.
Financial futures markets are predicting an 85% probability that the fed funds rate will remain unchanged at the current level of 2.25%-2.50% this year. There is a 15% chance for a 25 basis point decline in 2019.
Currently, futures are caught between the bullish influence of a weakening global economy and the bearish influence of increased optimism for a U.S.-China trade agreement.
A U.S.-China trade deal, or strong hint of one, would be a catalyst to take futures lower.
June 19 S&P 500
Support 2781.00 Resistance 2803.00
March 19 U.S. Dollar Index
Support 96.750 Resistance 97.320
March 19 Euro Currency
Support 1.12410 Resistance 1.12980
March 19 Japanese Yen
Support .89690 Resistance .90110
March 19 Canadian Dollar
Support .74430 Resistance .74780
March 19 Australian Dollar
Support .7050 Resistance .7098
June 19 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds
Support 145^0 Resistance 146^2
April 19 Gold
Support 1290.0 Resistance 1304.0
May 19 Copper
Support 2.9000 Resistance 2.9650
April 19 Crude Oil
Support 56.55 Resistance 57.78
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