Indices Higher, More Gains Likely


Stock index futures are higher.

The August producer price index increased 0.7% when up 0.4% as expected, and the August producer price index, excluding food and energy, advanced 0.2% when up 0.2% was anticipated.

Retail sales in August increased 0.6% when a gain of 0.2% was predicted.

Jobless claims in the week ended September 9 were 220,000 when 225,000 were estimated.

The 9:00 central time July business inventories report is forecast to show a 0.1% increase.

Stock index futures are performing well for the news, which suggests follow-through gains are likely today.


The U.S. dollar advanced when the stronger than expected U.S. economic reports were released.

Longer term, interest rate differential expectations remain favorable for the greenback, especially against the European currencies, since the U.S. economy appears to be holding up relatively well compared to economies in Europe.

The European Central Bank raised interest rates by another 25 basis points at its policy meeting today, marking the 10th  consecutive rate hike. This move took the main refinancing operations rate to a 22-year high of 4.50% and the deposit facility rate to a new record of 4.0%.

Australian employment increased more than expected in August. The total number of employed people in the country grew 64,900 in August, which compares to expectations for an increase of 24,300 people. There was a decline of 14,600 in the prior month.

Australia’s unemployment rate remained steady at 3.7% in August, matching the market forecast.

July core machinery orders in Japan declined 1.1% on the month when down  0.2% was predicted.


Futures are higher despite bearish on balance U.S. economic reports, which suggests follow-through gains are likely today.

There are no Federal Reserve speakers ahead of the upcoming Federal Open Market Committee meeting, which is in keeping with the Federal Reserve’s self-imposed blackout period.

The Federal Open Market Committee is expected to keep its fed funds rate steady this month, while the probability of a quarter-point hike later in the year has been increasing.

Financial futures markets are predicting there is a 97% probability that the Federal Open Market Committee will keep its fed funds rate unchanged at its September 20 policy meeting, and there is a 3% probability of a 25 basis point increase.

However, there is a 42% probability that the FOMC will hike its fed funds rate by 25 basis points at its November 1 policy meeting.

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