November 14, 2017
STOCK INDEX FUTURES
The National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Index for October was 103.8, which compares to 103.0 in September.
The October producer price index increased .4%, which compares to the estimate of a gain of .1%. On an annualized basis the producer price index increased 2.8%, when a gain of 2.4% was expected.
While traders and analysts are focusing on politics as a negative, it will be the still relatively low global interest rate environment that sustains this bull market in the long term.
In spite of lower prices today, the main trend for stock index futures is higher.
The U.S. dollar is lower and the euro currency advanced to a three week high due to strong German economic growth figures.
German gross domestic product increased .8% in the third quarter, which was better than forecasts of up .6%. This report showed the economy expanding at annualized rate of over 3%.
In addition, German economic sentiment picked up further in November, when the ZEW think tank said its measure of economic expectations increased to 18.7 points from 17.6 points in October.
The British pound came under pressure on news that U.K. inflation remained unchanged in October, when an increase had been anticipated.
Annualized consumer price index inflation in the U.K. held steady at 3% last month, when analysts had expected it to rise to 3.1%.
The Australian dollar only temporarily was pressured on news that China's economy slowed last month as the government extended a crackdown on factory pollution.
Industrial output in China increased 6.2% year-to-year in October, missing analysts' expectations of a 6.3% gain.
The Australian dollar is often used as a proxy for China because of the countrys large exports of raw materials to China.
INTEREST RATE MARKET FUTURES
Futures are steady at the front of the curve and higher at the long end.
According to financial futures markets, the probability that the Federal Open Market Committee will increase its fed funds rate at the December 12-13 meeting is over 98%.
In addition, analyst are predicting two or three more fed funds rate hikes in 2018.
SUPPORT AND RESISTANCE
December 17 S&P 500
Support 2569.00 Resistance 2584.00
December 17 U.S. Dollar Index
Support 93.800 Resistance 94.510
December 17 Euro Currency
Support 1.16770 Resistance 1.17980
December 17 Japanese Yen
Support .88030 Resistance .88450
December 17 Canadian Dollar
Support .78340 Resistance .78870
December 17 Australian Dollar
Support .7603 Resistance .7659
December 17 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds
Support 152^0 Resistance 153^0
December 17 Gold
Support 1267.0 Resistance 1283.0
December 17 Copper
Support 3.0900 Resistance 3.1300
December 17 Crude Oil
Support 56.10 Resistance 57.03
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