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Bonds Advance to Highest Level Since Mar 12

INTEREST RATE MARKET FUTURES

The September U.S. 30-year Treasury bond futures advanced to their highest level since March 12 as lower-than-expected consumer price index and producer price index reports this week, and an increase in initial jobless claims increased probabilities that the Federal Open Market Committee can deliver one or more interest rate cuts this year, despite a hawkish stance from the central bank on Wednesday.

Federal Reserve speakers today are Austan Goolsbee at 1:00 and Lisa Cook at 6:00 PM.

Financial futures markets are predicting there is a 73% probability that the Federal Open Market Committee will lower its fed funds rate by 25 basis points at its September 18 meeting.

The long term fundamentals are bullish on balance, especially for the 30-year U.S. Treasury bond futures.

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STOCK INDEX FUTURES

S&P 500 and NASDAQ futures are lower today after recently reaching record highs.

Import prices in May declined 0.4% when unchanged was expected, and export prices were down 0.6% against the prediction of unchanged.

The 9:00 central time June consumer sentiment index is estimated to be 73.0, and year ahead inflation expectations are forecast to be 3.2%.

The longer term fundamentals remain supportive to stock index futures.

CURRENCY FUTURES

The U.S. dollar index was higher in the overnight. However, some of these gains were given back in light of the declines in U.S. export and import prices.

The euro zone’s trade surplus increased slightly in April. Exports from the 20-nation bloc were 3.1% higher on the month, while imports increased 2.3%.

The Bank of Japan at its policy meeting today voted unanimously to keep interest rates unchanged as was widely expected. Japan’s 10-year government bond yield fell sharply to around 0.9%, hitting five-week lows after Bank of Japan Governor Ueda said the central bank will begin tapering bond purchases immediately after the July meeting.

 

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