30Year Treasury Bonds Mixed
STOCK INDEX FUTURES
U.S. stock index futures are higher ahead of a series of earnings releases.
At 9:00 central time Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen is scheduled to speak before the Senate Finance Committee.
According to a copy of her prepared comments, she will tell lawmakers that the U.S. risks a longer and more painful recession unless Congress approves more aid, and the government must “act big” to shore up the recovery.
The U.S. dollar index is lower.
Longer term, the U.S. dollar is likely to trend lower on the belief that an increase in fiscal spending will raise the budget and current account deficits. Also undermining the greenback are expectations for an extended period of low interest rates.
The euro currency is higher on news that German economic expectations increased in January, according to the ZEW economic research institute.
The measure of economic expectations advanced to 61.8 in January from 55.0 in December, which compares to the estimate of 59.0. The assessment of the current economic situation in Germany also improved slightly to minus 66.4 in January from minus 66.5 in December. Economists predicted minus 66.5.
The euro was able to advance despite a report that construction output in the euro area contracted 1.3% year-on-year in November of 2020, following an upwardly revised 1.9% drop in October. It is the third consecutive month of declining construction output.
INTEREST RATE MARKET FUTURES
Financial futures markets are predicting there is a 95.2% probability that the Federal Open Market Committee will keep its key fed funds rate unchanged at 0 to 25 basis points at its January 27, 2021 policy meeting.
In light of a likely unchanged fed funds rate from the Fed and its pledge not to hike its fed funds rate until possibly 2023, futures at the short end of the curve are likely to hold steady.
However, the fundamentals at the long end of the curve have changed. Since last August, the fundamentals on balance have been bearish for the thirty-year Treasury bond futures and new lows for the move were made last week. The fundamentals have now turned mixed.
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