By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS
ADMIS Today TV on Financials
Stock index futures are higher due to U.S.-China trade talk optimism. Top trade negotiators Robert Lighthizer and Liu He are expected to speak on U.S.-China trade as early as next week.
Higher crude oil price also supported stock index futures.
Stock index futures are higher despite jobless claims in the week ended May 2 coming in at 3.17 million when 3.04 million were expected.
In recent weeks stock index futures have overperformed the news.
The U.S. dollar is higher for a fifth day but remains in a trading range. Recent strength in the greenback is due to global U.S. dollar shortages as emerging markets lose reserves.
The euro currency is lower after a report showed German industrial production fell 9.2% in March from February. Economists had forecast an 8.8% decline.
The British pound is steady after the Bank of England at its policy meeting today left key interest rates and its bond-buying program unchanged.
The U.K. central bank's Monetary Policy Committee agreed to leave the BOE's benchmark interest rate unchanged at 0.1% and the size of its bond-buying program at 645 billion pounds ($798 billion).
Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said the central bank is not ruling anything out on further policy measures.
This caused traders to believe that there could be more economic stimulus from the BOE at the June meeting.
The Bank of England said it expects the U.K. economy to shrink by approximately 25% in the second quarter followed by a gradual recovery in the second half of the year.
Futures are higher due to prospects of increased accommodation from the world’s central banks.
Futures are higher at the long end of the curve even though yesterday the Treasury Department announced it would increase the supply of longer-dated debt to pay for stimulus measures.
Federal Reserve speakers today are Neel Kashkari at 11:00 and Patrick Harker at 3:00.
The 30-year Treasury bond futures remain in a broadly based congestion pattern, as the main fundamental influences affecting the long end of the curve are offsetting.
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