By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS
U.S. stock index futures are higher, helped by strong corporate earnings.
In the June S&P 500 futures there is a top double top at the 2965.00 – 2976.25 area.
The technical picture continues to improve for stock index futures.
The U.S. dollar is lower for a fourth day on the belief that the Federal Reserve could do more to stimulate the U.S. economy.
The euro zone April consumer price index was up 0.3% on the month, as expected and up 0.3% on the year when an increase of 0.4% on the year was anticipated.
The U.K. inflation rate sank in April to its lowest level since August 2016, falling to 0.8% from 1.5% a year earlier. This now means that the inflation figure is outside the Bank of England's mandate and increases the prospects for more Bank of England stimulus next month.
The Japanese yen is higher after a report showed Japan's March core machinery orders fell 0.4% on the month when a decline of 7.0% was predicted.
The Australian dollar is higher even though a report showed preliminary Australian retail sales fell 17.9% on the month in April, dropping sharply from growth of 8.5% in March.
In testimony to Congress yesterday Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said U.S. officials are aiming to have lending programs planned for smaller businesses and municipalities up and running by the end of the month.
Federal Reserve speakers today are Raphael Bostic at 9:00 and James Bullard at 11:00.
The Treasury will auction 20-year bonds.
At 1:00 the Federal Reserve will release the minutes from its April 28 and 29 Federal Open Market Committee meeting when officials promised to use a full range of tools to support the U.S. economy. The Fed issues minutes of its previous meetings with a lag of three weeks after the meeting.
The thirty-year Treasury bond futures are in a broadly based congestion pattern, as the main fundamental influences are offsetting.
June 20 S&P 500
Support 2905.00 Resistance 2970.00
June 20 U.S. Dollar Index
Support 99.110 Resistance 99.650
June 20 Euro Currency
Support 1.09150 Resistance 1.09880
June 20 Japanese Yen
Support .92550 Resistance .93120
June 20 Canadian Dollar
Support .71540 Resistance .72150
June 20 Australian Dollar
Support .6520 Resistance .6596
June 20 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds
Support 178^12 Resistance 179^16
June 20 Gold
Support 1740.0 Resistance 1765.0
July 20 Copper
Support 2.4000 Resistance 2.4400
July 20 Crude Oil
Support 31.42 Resistance 33.21
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