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Stock Index Futures Higher on No New Bad News on Trade

by Archer Financial Services | May 30, 2019

By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS   

STOCK INDEX FUTURES

U.S. stock index futures are higher after President Donald Trump today said the U.S. was doing well in trade talks with China and that Beijing wants to make a deal with Washington.

The June 28-29 G-20 summit in Japan could provide the markets with relief, as the U.S. and China could use the meeting to begin negotiating again on trade.

The U.S. gross domestic product in the first quarter grew at a 3.1% on an annual pace. Economists expected first quarter GDP to be revised down to 3%.

Initial jobless claims increased by 3,000 to 215,000 in the week ended May 25. Analysts had estimated new claims would total a seasonally adjusted 215,000.

The 9:00 central time April pending home sales index is expected to be up .5%.

My view remains that the global reflation scenario is on track and easier credit conditions from most of the world’s central banks, including the Federal Reserve, are coming and will be the dominant fundamental that supports stock index futures in the long term.

But, first we need to get past the U.S.-China trade hurdle.

Now is a good time to stand aside on stock index futures and focus on the long side of flight to quality vehicles, especially the thirty year Treasury bond futures.
 

CURRENCY FUTURES

The flight to quality currencies, the U.S. dollar index, the Japanese yen and the Swiss franc are all mixed today after modest gains yesterday.

Yesterday, the European Central Bank, in its financial stability report said that while growth slowed in the euro zone in the first half of this year, “the available data suggest that the economic recovery in the euro area has been delayed, but not derailed.”
 

INTEREST RATE MARKET FUTURES

Federal Reserve Board of Governors Vice Chairman Richard Clarida will speak at the Economic Club of New York Signature Luncheon on the topic of “Sustaining Maximum Employment and Price Stability” at 11:00.

Trade tensions have raised concerns about the economy, leading traders to believe the Federal Reserve will be forced to cut rates to boost economic growth.

U.S. money markets are pricing in two interest rate cuts by January 2020.

Financial futures markets are predicting there is a 67% probability that the Federal Open Market Committee will lower its fed funds rate by 25 basis points or more at its October 30 policy meeting, which compares to 70% yesterday.

I expect the flight to quality vehicles, especially the thirty year Treasury bond futures, to trade higher in this atmosphere of U.S.-China trade uncertainties.

 

SUPPORT AND RESISTANCE

June 19 S&P 500

Support    2774.00      Resistance    2800.00

June 19 U.S. Dollar Index

Support    97.970        Resistance    98.190

June 19 Euro Currency

Support    1.11350      Resistance    1.11660

June 19 Japanese Yen

Support    .91090        Resistance    .91550

June 19 Canadian Dollar

Support    .73920        Resistance    .74250

June 19 Australian Dollar

Support    .6912          Resistance    .6944

June 19 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds

Support    152^0         Resistance     153^0

June 19 Gold

Support    1271.0        Resistance     1289.0

July 19 Copper

Support    2.6350        Resistance     2.6800

July 19 Crude Oil

Support    58.55          Resistance     59.89


For more information about these markets, please contact Alan at 312.242.7911  or via email at alan.bush@admis.com. Thank you.

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