By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS
U.S. stock index futures extended yesterday’s powerful rally, which was driven by hopes that the Federal Reserve will be lowering interest rates.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell yesterday suggested the central bank would reduce borrowing costs if financial conditions showed indications of weakening due to tariff tensions.
Stock index futures pared gains as the May ADP jobs report showed private employers added 27,000 jobs in May, falling far short of economists’ expectations. Economists had forecast the ADP National Employment Report would show a gain of 180,000 jobs.
The 8:45 central time May PMI services index is expected to be 50.9 and the 9:00 May ISM non-manufacturing index is anticipated to be 55.8.
At 1:00 the Federal Reserve will release its “Beige Book” on the economy.
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 and now U.S-Mexico trade hurdles.
The U.S. dollar weakened to a seven week low as a result of increased prospects of lower interest rates from the Federal Reserve and the weak ADP employment change report.
The flight to quality currencies, the Japanese yen and the Swiss franc, advanced to new highs for the move with the Japanese yen hitting a five month high and the Swiss franc reaching a 10 week high.
The euro currency is higher in spite of weaker than expected inflation numbers in the euro zone.
The European Central Bank will meet on Thursday, and there is speculation that the ECB could match the dovishness of the U.S. Federal Reserve.
The British pound is higher on news that U.K. service sector growth improved more than expected to a three month high in May.
Federal Reserve speakers today are Federal Reserve Board of Governors Vice Chairman Richard Clarida at 8:45, Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Raphael Bostic at 8:45, Federal Reserve Member of the Board of Governors Michele Bowman at 9:00 and Boston Federal Reserve Bank President Eric Rosengren at 12:15.
Trade tensions have raised concerns about the economy, leading traders to believe the Federal Reserve will be forced to cut interest rates to boost economic growth.
Financial futures markets are predicting there is a 74% probability that the Federal Open Market Committee will lower its fed funds rate by 25 basis points or more at its July 31 policy meeting. Yesterday the probability was 53%. Another rate cut is likely in December.
In light of this atmosphere of U.S.-China and now U.S.-Mexico trade uncertainties, now is a good time to focus on the long side of the flight to quality vehicles, especially the thirty year Treasury bond futures, but also the Japanese yen, the Swiss franc and gold.
June 19 S&P 500
Support 2802.00 Resistance 2829.00
June 19 U.S. Dollar Index
Support 96.550 Resistance 97.120
June 19 Euro Currency
Support 1.12550 Resistance 1.13280
June 19 Japanese Yen
Support .92270 Resistance .92890
June 19 Canadian Dollar
Support .74590 Resistance .74950
June 19 Australian Dollar
Support .6977 Resistance .7021
September 19 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds
Support 153^8 Resistance 154^12
August 19 Gold
Support 1326.0 Resistance 1355.0
July 19 Copper
Support 2.6450 Resistance 2.6750
July 19 Crude Oil
Support 52.34 Resistance 53.65
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