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November 22, 2017


S&P 500 and NASDAQ futures advanced to new historical highs. Prices remain higher in spite of news that durable orders declined in October.

Orders for durable goods, which are products designed to last at least three years, fell 1.2% from the previous month, which compares to expectations of a .2% increase.

Initial jobless claims fell 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 239,000 in the week ended Nov. 18. Economists had expected 240,000 new claims last week.

The 9:00 central time November consumer sentiment index is anticipated to be 98.1.

At 1:00 the Federal Open Market Committee will release the minutes from its November 1 policy meeting.

Historically stock index futures have shown a tendency to advance in the week of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

The computer models that I use continue to generate bullish signals for stock index futures.

The main trend for stock index futures is higher.


The U.S. dollar fell after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellenlate yesterday warned that there has been some hint that inflation expectations may be drifting down and that there could be risks to removing accommodation too quickly.

There was additional pressure on the greenback when the weaker than anticipated U.S. durable goods orders report was released.

The British pound only temporarily came under pressure when finance minister Philip Hammond said the country's official budget forecasters are now expecting gross domestic product will grow by 1.5% in 2017, compared with a forecast of 2% growth made in March.

He also predicted growth in 2018 would be 1.4% compared with the previous forecast of 1.6%.


There was little market reaction to yesterdays comments from Fed Chair Yellen.

According to financial futures markets, the probability that the Federal Open Market Committee will increase its fed funds rate at the December 12-13 meeting is better than 99%.

I agree with the consensus view that the FOMC will hike rates next month.

However, I expect only two fed funds rate increases in 2018, while some analysts are predicting three or more rate hikes in 2018 and the Fed is currently predicting three interest rate hikes.

I will be out of the office on Friday November 24


December 17 S&P 500

Support 2591.00 Resistance 2604.00

December 17 U.S. Dollar Index

Support 93.520 Resistance 93.960

December 17 Euro Currency

Support 1.17320 Resistance 1.17980

December 17 Japanese Yen

Support .88870 Resistance .89650

December 17 Canadian Dollar

Support .78150 Resistance .78680

December 17 Australian Dollar

Support .7545 Resistance .7598

December 17 Thirty Year Treasury Bonds

Support 153^10 Resistance 154^20

December 17 Gold

Support 1276.0 Resistance 1292.0

December 17 Copper

Support 3.1100 Resistance 3.1550

January 17 Crude Oil

Support 56.96 Resistance 58.21

For more information about these markets, please contact Alan at 312.242.7911 or via email at Thank you.

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Alan Bush has been a commodity analyst since 1976 focusing on the fundamental and technical aspects of stock index, interest rate and foreign currency markets. He has authored several articles for Stocks Futures and Options magazine and produced the “Futures Tech Focus” program, which is a technically based market outlook.

Alan served on the faculty of Oakton College as instructor of a course entitled, “Principles of Technical Analysis.” He has been interviewed on many national television programs, appearing on the Nightly Business Report, CNBC, CNN Moneyline, Reuters Television and Web FN. In addition, he has been frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Bond Buyer and the Chicago Tribune and has been regularly interviewed on Chicago’s WMAQ radio business reports.

Alan can be reached at (312) 242-7911, or via email at

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