Brexit News Supports Stock Index Futures

October 17, 2019


U.S. stock index futures are higher after U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said a Brexit deal has been reached with Brussels. In addition, third quarter corporate earnings reports are coming in mostly stronger than expected.

U.S. housing starts in September were 1.256 million when analysts expected 1.300 million and the more market sensitive residential building permits, which can signal how much construction is in the pipeline, were 1.387 million. The median estimate for permits was 1.335 million.

Initial jobless claims remained near a 50-year low at 214,000 in the week ended October 12 when economists had expected 215,000 claims.

The Philadelphia Federal Reserve October business index was 5.6 when 6.4 was anticipated.

September industrial production was down .4% when a decline of 0.2% was expected and capacity utilization was 77.5%, which compares to the anticipated 77.8%.

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 euro currency rallied to its highest levels in almost two months against the U.S. dollar after the E.U. and Britain reached a Brexit deal.

The British pound was higher after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, We have a great new Brexit deal. However, the gains were given back after the Northern Irish party, the DUP, said it would not vote for the deal.

The Canadian dollar is higher after Statistics Canada reported that manufacturing sales in August increased0.8%, which was better than the market expectation for an increase of 0.6%.


Flight to quality longs were liquidated in light of the encouraging news on Brexit.

Federal Reserve speakers today are Federal Reserve Member of the Board of GovernorsMichelle Bowman at 1:00, Chicago Federal Reserve Bank PresidentCharles Evans at 1:00 and New York Federal Reserve Bank PresidentJohn Williamsat 3:20

Market participants believe there is an 88% probability that the Federal Open Market Committee will lower its fed funds rate by another 25 basis points at the October 30 policy meeting. The probability yesterday was 85%.

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.


December 19S&P 500

Support 2983.00 Resistance 3012.00

December 19 U.S. Dollar Index

Support 97.170 Resistance 97.900

December 19Euro Currency

Support 1.11040 Resistance 1.11890

December 19Japanese Yen

Support .92080 Resistance .92500

December 19Canadian Dollar

Support .75660 Resistance .76140

December 19Australian Dollar

Support .6760 Resistance .6850

December 19 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds

Support 159^8 Resistance 160^26

December 19Gold

Support 1484.0 Resistance 1506.0

December 19Copper

Support 2.5700 Resistance 2.6150

December 19 Crude Oil

Support 52.63 Resistance 53.55

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