October 22, 2019
STOCK INDEX FUTURES
U.S. stock index futures are higher. Recent strength has been linked to surprisingly better than expected third quarter corporate earnings reports in spite of the slowing global economy. Of the 75 companies in the S&P 500 reporting results by Monday, over 80% of them had surpassed analysts estimates.
This is the busiest week of the quarter for corporate earnings reports.
Two 9:00 central time reports are scheduled. September existing home sales are expected to be 5.445 million and the October Richmond Federal Reserve manufacturing index is anticipated to be negative 9.
My view remains that the global reflation scenario is on track and easier credit conditions from most of the worlds central banks, including the Federal Reserve, are coming and will be the dominant fundamental that supports stock index futures in the long term.
The U.S. dollar strengthened against its major counterparts, as traders were encouraged by signs of progress in the U.S.-China trade talks.
President Donald Trump yesterday said China had already begun promised purchases of farm products and the first part of a larger commitment was almost complete.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said efforts to commit the agreement to paper ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Chile next month are on track although some work remains.
In addition, President Trump's economics adviser Larry Kudlow indicated tariffs scheduled to take place in December could be cancelled if the trade talks go well.
The Canadian dollar is lower after Statistics Canada saidin Canada contracted by 0.1% on a monthly basis in August following July's increase of 0.6% and was short of the market expectation of up 0.4%.
INTEREST RATE MARKET FUTURES
Futures are higher on limited news and appear to be overreacting on the upside for the first time in a while. Follow-through gains are likely.
Dallas Federal Reserve Bank PresidentRobert Kaplanwill moderate a conversation with the Bank of International Settlements General Manager Agustin Carstens at the Dallas Fed's Technology Enabled Disruption: Implications for Business, Labor Markets and Monetary Policy conference in Dallas, Texas at 12:00.
The Treasury will auction two year notes.
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 the October 30 policy meeting. Yesterday the probability was 91%.
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 under pressure to become more accommodative.
SUPPORT AND RESISTANCE
December 19S&P 500
Support 3000.00 Resistance 3020.00
December 19 U.S. Dollar Index
Support 96.950 Resistance 97.320
December 19Euro Currency
Support 1.11560 Resistance 1.12000
December 19Japanese Yen
Support .92250 Resistance .92550
December 19Canadian Dollar
Support .76120 Resistance .76600
December 19Australian Dollar
Support .6854 Resistance .6898
December 19 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds
Support 159^0 Resistance 160^10
Support 1482.0 Resistance 1496.0
Support 2.6250 Resistance 2.6600
December 19 Crude Oil
Support 53.03 Resistance 54.65
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