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US Debt Ceiling Warnings Remain


Stock index futures are lower as debt ceiling worries remain.

Retail sales in April increased 0.4% when up 0.7% was expected.

The 8:15 central time April industrial production report is anticipated to be unchanged and capacity utilization in April is predicted to be 79.8%.

The 9:00 central time March business inventories report is expected to show no change.

The 9:00  May housing market index is anticipated to be 45.

Debt ceiling worries are likely to limit gains in futures.


The euro zone economy grew marginally in the first quarter, matching preliminary estimates.  Gross domestic product grew 0.1% from January to March. On a year-to-year basis, the region’s economy expanded 1.3%.

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for the euro area fell into negative territory to -9.4 in May 2023, from 6.4 in the prior month and compared with market predictions of -1.0. This was the lowest reading since December 2022.

The U.K. unemployment rate edged higher to 3.9% in the three months to March, which is above the median forecast of 3.8%.

A private survey showed Australian consumer sentiment marked its sharpest decline in almost three years in early May. The Westpac-Melbourne Institute Consumer Sentiment index fell 7.9% in the first two weeks of May, falling much more than expectations for a decline of 1.7%. This was the index’s biggest drop since August 2020.


Futures are mostly lower due to hawkish comments from Federal Reserve officials.

Federal Reserve speakers today are Raphael Bostic at 7:55, John Williams at 11:15, Lorrie Logan at 2:15 and Raphael Bostic at 6:00.

The Federal Open Market Committee will probably keep its fed funds rate unchanged at its June 14 policy meeting.

The technicals and fundamentals remain supportive to futures.


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