By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS
Global equity markets were pressured, as traders moderated their expectations about how much central banks are likely to lower interest rates in the coming days.
The U.S. National Federation of Independent Business small business sentiment index fell 1.6 points to 103.1 in August, which compares to the median estimate of 103.5.
At 9:00 central time, the U.S. Labor Department will release its July job openings and labor turnover survey (JOLTS).The JOLTS report tracks monthly changes in job openings and offers rates on hiring and quits. The median estimate is 7.311 million.
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.
The European Central Bank will hold its policy meeting on Thursday. Traders are scaling back their estimates of how much the ECB will likely lower interest rates at that meeting.
Analysts expect the ECB will cut 10 basis points from benchmark interest rates. As of mid-September, the market had been pricing in a 20-basis-points reduction.
The British pound is higher after a report showed the U.K. unemployment rate held at a 45 year low. The unemployment rate held steady at 3.8% in the three months through July, remaining at its lowest level since 1974. The median estimate was 3.9%. Average earnings, including bonuses, increased 4.0% from last year, compared to the expected increase of 3.7%.
Canadian housing starts unexpectedly increased in August compared to the July report.
Global bond yields increased due to growing caution over the extent to which the European Central Bank will add stimulus to boost its economy this week. Also undermining futures is a more optimistic outlook for a U.S.-China trade deal.
Market participants believe there is a 93% 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. Currently there is only a 56% probability of another rate cut at the October meeting.
U.S. Treasury Department will sell $38 billion of 3-year notes today.
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.
September 19 S&P 500
Support 296100 Resistance 2987.00
September 19 U.S. Dollar Index
Support 98.150 Resistance 98.500
September 19 Euro Currency
Support 1.10310 Resistance 1.10680
September 19 Japanese Yen
Support .93020 Resistance .93400
September 19 Canadian Dollar
Support .75770 Resistance .76050
September 19 Australian Dollar
Support .6846 Resistance .6877
December 19 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds
Support 162^2 Resistance 163^4
December 19 Gold
Support 1492.0 Resistance 1513.0
December 19 Copper
Support 2.6000 Resistance 2.6450
October 19 Crude Oil
Support 57.55 Resistance 58.85
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