Better Economic News from China Supports Stock Index Futures

by Archer Financial Services | Aug 08, 2019

By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS   


Better economic news from China stabilized global markets after China posted its best export growth since March, although imports remain weak.

Also, U.S. stock index futures advanced after China fixed its currency at a level that was higher than expected. The People's Bank of China fixed the midpoint for onshore yuan trading at 7.0039 to the U.S. dollar.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 8,000 to 209,000 for the week ended August 3 when economists predicted claims would be unchanged at 215,000 in the latest week.

The 9:00 central time June wholesale trade report is expected to show a .2% increase.

My view remains that the global reflation scenario is on track and easier credit conditions from most of the world’s central banks, including the Federal Reserve, are coming and will be the dominant fundamental that supports stock index futures in the long term.


The flight to quality currencies, the Japanese yen and the Swiss franc, are holding up well in spite of a move today to liquidate longs in flight to quality vehicles.

The yen is higher even though a measure of the public assessment of the Japanese economy declined for the third straight month in July and the decline was faster than expected. The current condition index of the Economic Watchers' Survey fell to 41.2 in July from 44.0 in June when economists had predicted 43.3.

Higher crude oil prices supported the Canadian dollar and the Australian dollar.

Gains in the Australian dollar were limited now that probabilities have increased that the Reserve Bank of Australia will lower interest rates at its September 3 meeting.


Yesterday, the thirty year Treasury bond futures advanced to their highest level since November 2016. However, flight to quality longs were liquidated today in light of the better news coming out of China.

Financial futures markets are predicting 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 18. Another rate cut is very likely before the end of the year.

The Treasury will auction 30 year bonds today.

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. 

There are recent indications that the pace of likely interest rate cuts from central banks around the world may be accelerating.

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


September 19 S&P 500

Support    2867.00      Resistance    2911.00

September 19 U.S. Dollar Index

Support    97.150        Resistance    97.570

September 19 Euro Currency

Support    1.12060      Resistance    1.12600

September 19 Japanese Yen

Support    .94230        Resistance    .94750

September 19 Canadian Dollar

Support    .75110        Resistance    .75450

September 19 Australian Dollar

Support    .6747          Resistance    .6813

September 19 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds

Support    160^12       Resistance     161^28

October 19 Gold

Support    1493.0        Resistance     1513.0

September 19 Copper

Support    2.5700        Resistance     2.6100

September 19 Crude Oil

Support    51.86          Resistance     53.13

For more information about these markets, please contact Alan at 312.242.7911  or via email at alan.bush@admis.com. Thank you.

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