Anticipated Central Bank Easing Supports Stock Index Futures


U.S. stock index futures advanced due to hopes of more stimulus from central banks. China said overnight that it was planning to roll out additional stimulus in an effort to address an economic slowdown. Traders were also looking ahead to likely interest rate cuts from the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank next month to fight slowing economic growth.

There was some support whenWhite House adviser Peter Navarro said the U.S. and China were currently talking about trade.

Also, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta said its estimate for real GDP growth in the third quarter of 2019 is2.2%, as of August 15, which is up from 1.9% on August 8.

Housing starts in July fell 4% from the prior month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.191 million. The median estimate was 1.241 million. Building permits increased 8.4% to 1.336 million in July when 1.270 million were expected.

The 9:00 central time August consumer sentiment index is expected to be 97.5.

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.

However, in the short term there are better opportunities in trading the long side of the flight to quality vehicles.


The euro currency is lower, as markets anticipate a cut in the European Central Banks deposit rate of at least 10 basis points and the resumption of bond buying at the next ECB meeting next month.

The British pound is higher due to better-than-expected economic data in the U.K., including wage growth numbers.

Continue to trade the flight to quality currencies, the Japanese yen and the Swiss franc, from the long side.


Yesterday, the 30-year Treasury bond futures advanced to their highest level since November 2016. Today, prices are lower in response to a recovery in stock index futures and a slightly better tone to the U.S.-China trade talks.

Average rates for 30-year mortgages are at their lowest level in nearly three years, according to Freddie Mac.

Market participants believe there is almost a 100% probability that the Federal Open Market Committee will lower its fed funds rate by another 25 basis points at its next meeting on September 17-18.

Another rate cut after that is very likely before the end of the year.

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 likely to embark on a new round of easier credit policies.

Continue to trade the interest rate market futures from the long side, especially the 30 year Treasury bond futures.


September 19S&P 500

Support 2847.00 Resistance 2882.00

September 19 U.S. Dollar Index

Support 97.900 Resistance 98.260

September 19Euro Currency

Support 1.10830 Resistance 1.11440

September 19Japanese Yen

Support .94030 Resistance .94600

September 19Canadian Dollar

Support .75000 Resistance .75400

September 19Australian Dollar

Support .6770 Resistance .6806

September 19 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds

Support 164^24 Resistance 166^10

October 19Gold

Support 1509.0 Resistance 1533.0

September 19Copper

Support 2.5800 Resistance 2.6150

September 19 Crude Oil

Support 54.18 Resistance 55.78

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