February 11, 2019
STOCK INDEX FUTURES
U.S. stock index futures advanced as the latest trade talks between the U.S. and China began in Beijing.
These talks will begin with working level discussions from Monday through Wednesday. Higher principal level discussions will take place Thursday and Friday with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
Some analysts are becoming more upbeat that a deal can be reached by the March 1 deadline.
With fourth quarter earnings season nearing an end, 71.5% of the S&P 500 companies that have reported results have topped profit estimates, according to data from Refinitiv.
Stock index futures have been performing better than the news would suggest since the lows were made in late December.
The U.S. dollar advanced again by default due to weaker economic data from Europe.
The British pound fell on news that the U.K. economy expanded at its slowest annual rate in six years in 2018.
Economic growth in the U.K. last year was 1.4%, which is down from 1.8% in 2017.
This is another example of a series of downbeat economic reports coming out of Europe.
INTEREST RATE MARKET FUTURES
Flight to quality longs are being liquidated due to optimism that progress will be made in the U.S.-China trade talks this week.
Financial futures markets are predicting a 79% probability that the fed funds rate will remain unchanged at the current level of 2.25%-2.50% this year.
There is a 20% chance of reduction in the fed funds rate by 25 basis points in 2019 and there is a 1% probability of a 25 basis point increase this year.
The thirty year Treasury bond futures have remained in a broad trading range since the first week in January. A U.S.-China trade agreement, or hint of one, would be the catalyst to take futures lower.
SUPPORT AND RESISTANCE
March 19S&P 500
Support 2700.00 Resistance 2728.00
March 19 U.S. Dollar Index
Support 96.360 Resistance 96.710
March 19Euro Currency
Support 1.13210 Resistance 1.13710
March 19Japanese Yen
Support .90730 Resistance .91450
March 19Canadian Dollar
Support .75190 Resistance .75550
March 19Australian Dollar
Support .7063 Resistance .7120
March 19 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds
Support 146^0 Resistance 146^30
Support 1303.0Resistance 1319.0
Support 2.7700 Resistance 2.8250
March 19 Crude Oil
Support 51.34 Resistance 52.88
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