By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS
U.S. stock index futures are lower, as Washington’s new round of tariffs on some Chinese products kicked in and after a report that officials from both sides were unable so far to decide on the schedule for a meeting this month.
The 8:45 central time August PMI manufacturing index is expected to be 49.9.
There are two 9:00 reports. The August Institute for Supply Management index is anticipated to be 51.3 and the July construction spending report is estimated to show an increase of .3%.
Now is a good time to stand aside in stock index futures and instead focus on the long side of the flight to quality vehicles, which are the interest rate futures market, especially the 30 year Treasury bond futures, the Japanese yen, gold and silver.
The U.S. dollar index is higher due to weak data in Europe, China and Japan on Monday.
The euro fell to a 28 month low against the dollar, as investors factored in deeper negative interest rates for longer in the euro zone. The European Central Bank’s benchmark interest rate now stands at minus 0.40%.
The Reserve Bank of Australia left its official cash rate steady at a record low 1.0% at its policy meeting today, but left the door open to lower interest rates further in coming months, if necessary. The central bank reduced the official cash rate in June and July.
China's yuan weakened to an 11 year low, at one point nearing 7.2 to the U.S. dollar.
Continue to trade the Japanese yen from the long side due to its perceived status as a flight to quality vehicle.
The main trend for the yen is higher.
Ongoing worries about the U.S-China trade situation brought in some flight to quality buying, especially at the long end of the curve.
Boston Federal Reserve Bank President Eric Rosengren will speak about the U.S. economy at 4:00.
Market participants believe there is almost a 100% probability that the Federal Open Market Committee will lower its fed funds rate by another 25 basis points at its next meeting on September 17-18. Another rate cut after that is likely before the end of the year.
In the longer term, higher prices are likely for futures, especially at the long end of the curve, as most major central banks, including the Federal Reserve, are likely to embark on a new round of easier credit policies.
The flight to quality vehicles, the interest rate market futures, especially the 30 year Treasury bond futures, the Japanese yen, gold and silver remain the best longs now. Continue to trade the flight to quality vehicles from the long side.
September 19 S&P 500
Support 2880.00 Resistance 2929.00
September 19 U.S. Dollar Index
Support 98.930 Resistance 99.390
September 19 Euro Currency
Support 1.09270 Resistance 1.10170
September 19 Japanese Yen
Support .93950 Resistance .94630
September 19 Canadian Dollar
Support .74670 Resistance .75230
September 19 Australian Dollar
Support .6684 Resistance .6745
December 19 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds
Support 164^12 Resistance 166^12
December 19 Gold
Support 1528.0 Resistance 1553.0
December 19 Copper
Support 2.4800 Resistance 2.5750
October 19 Crude Oil
Support 53.05 Resistance 55.55
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