STOCK INDEX FUTURES
Stock index futures declined as the arrest of a top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei for extradition to the U.S. from Canada triggered new doubts over the prospects of Washington and Beijing striking a deal in their 90 day truce period.
The November Automatic Data Processing employment change report showed a 179,000 increase, which compared to expectations of 175,000.
In the week ended December 1, initial weekly U.S. jobless claims declined 4,000 to 231,000. Consensus expectations called for initial claims to be 226,000.
U.S. worker productivity increased at a faster rate in the third quarter than initially estimated. The productivity of nonfarm workers rose 2.3% in the third quarter from the prior three months. That was an upward revision from last month's first estimate of up 2.2%.
The 8:45 November U.S. services purchasing managers' index is expected to be 54.4.
Two 9:00 central time reports are scheduled. The October factory orders report is anticipated to show a 2% decline and the November Institute for Supply Management nonmanufacturing index is estimated to be 59.
It will may take a while, but falling interest rates globally will ultimately rescue this market.
The U.S. dollar was higher in the overnight trade due to flight to quality buying after the arrest in Canada of a top executive of Chinese tech giant, which prompted fears of a flare-up in U.S.-China trade tensions.
The greenback weakened recently as traders assess the impact of falling U.S. interest rates.
A less hawkish Federal Reserve is likely to put a cap on the greenback.
The Canadian dollar is lower after Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz said the benchmark interest rate will need to move higher, but the pace of future interest rate increases will remain decidedly data dependent given global risks and lower energy prices.
The Australian dollar fell due to its vulnerability to a worsening U.S.-China trade conflict.
There was additional pressure on the Australian dollar when the Reserve Bank of Australias deputy governor said a rapid economic policy easing would remain a weapon if it is needed. He said, while the central bank is indicating that interest rates will probably increase, that could change if economic conditions weaken.
INTEREST RATE MARKET FUTURES
Futures are higher across the board as traders seek safety in Treasuries.
Federal Reserve speakers today are Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank PresidentRaphael Bostic at 11:15, New York Federal Reserve Bank PresidentJohn Williams at 5:30 and Federal Reserve Bank ChairmanJerome Powellat 5:45.
According to the financial futures markets, the probability of a fed funds rate hike at the Federal Open Market Committees December 19 policy meeting is 71%, which compares to 78% yesterday.
Financial futures markets suggest the FOMC will increase its fed funds rate only one time in 2019
I expect the interest rate futures market will likely trend higher in the longer term, led by the thirty year Treasury bond futures. Also, the gold market is likely to be a beneficiary of falling interest rates.
SUPPORT AND RESISTANCE
December 18 S&P 500
Support 2645.00 Resistance 2718.00
December 18 U.S. Dollar Index
Support 96.550 Resistance 97.180
December 18 Euro Currency
Support 1.13250 Resistance 1.14170
December 18 Japanese Yen
Support .88410 Resistance .89120
December 18 Canadian Dollar
Support .74310 Resistance .75010
December 18 Australian Dollar
Support .7179 Resistance .7276
March 19 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds
Support 142^0 Resistance 143^16
February 19 Gold
Support 1238.0Resistance 1255.0
March 19 Copper
Support 2.7100 Resistance 2.7800
January 19 Crude Oil
Support 50.02 Resistance 53.45
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