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S&P 500 Break Above Downtrend Lines

STOCK INDEX FUTURES

Stock index futures are higher. S&P 500 futures broke out above a symmetrical triangle pattern yesterday, and today a downtrend line that began in early January was penetrated on the upside.

Mortgage applications fell 8.1% in the week ended February 4, which is the biggest decline in almost a year. The refinancing index plunged 7.0%, and the purchase one declined 10.0%, data from the Mortgage Bankers Association showed.

The 9:00 central time December wholesale inventories report is expected to show a 2.0% increase.

CURRENCY FUTURES

The U.S dollar is lower and has underperformed the news recently.

The euro currency advanced despite news that the German trade surplus declined to €7 billion in December of 2021 from €15.1 billion a year ago.

Financial futures markets have priced in up to four Bank of England interest rate increases this year, which in the longer term, will likely support the British pound.

The Japanese yen fell to a one month low in the overnight trade when a Bank of Japan board member said the Bank of Japan will maintain its accommodative stance to ensure the Japanese economy strengthens enough to bring the inflation rate to the BoJ’s 2.0% target.

Interest rate differential expectations suggest the long term trend for the British pound is higher and lower for the Japanese yen.

INTEREST RATE MARKET FUTURES

The Treasury will auction 10-year notes today.

Federal Reserve speakers today are  Michelle Bowman at 9:30 and Loretta Mester at 11:00.

Financial futures markets are predicting five fed funds rate hikes in 2022.

Some analysts believe that if the rate of growth in the U.S. economy slows, and also the global economy, it may be difficult for the Federal Reserve and other major central banks to maintain their ramped up hawkish policy stance.

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