NASDAQ Leads US Stock Index Futures Gains
STOCK INDEX FUTURES
U.S. stock index futures are higher due to vaccine progress and ongoing pressure on central banks to add more accommodation. Today’s gains are being led by the NASDAQ.
Mortgage applications in the U.S. fell 0.5 percent in the week ended November 6, which is the first decline in three weeks and after a 3.8 percent advance in the previous period, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.
The technical picture remains positive for stock index futures.
The U.S. dollar is higher and remains in a four-day congestion pattern.
The greenback has been weakening since May amid rising debt levels coupled with expectations for an extended period of low interest rates.
Longer term, the U.S. dollar is likely to drift lower.
The British pound is lower in response to a report suggesting the November 15 target date for an agreement is likely to be missed. However, U.K and E.U. negotiators may still reach a deal sometime next week.
Australian consumer sentiment hit its highest level in seven years.
The New Zealand dollar advanced to its strongest level in a year and a half, as traders scaled back expectations that the central bank will move to negative interest rates.
INTEREST RATE MARKET FUTURES
Yesterday, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said that for now central bank policy is in the right place to help the economy.
Financial futures markets are predicting there is 95.9% probability that the Federal Open Market Committee will keep its fed funds rate unchanged at the December 16 policy meeting.
The yield curve is likely to continue to steepen, which should put pressure on the futures at the long end of the curve, especially the 30-year Treasury bond futures, while futures at the short end of the curve are likely to hold steady.
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