S&P 500 on track to open above record

(CNN)The S&P 500 closed at an all-time high on Tuesday, and it looks like the index could climb even higher in Wednesday’s shortened trading session. That would make it the third record-breaking day in a row.

Futures for the S&P 500 (SPX) are up 0.2%. At Tuesday’s record close, the index stood at 2973 points, having surpasses a high set on Monday.
Futures for the Dow (INDU) are 0.2% higher. This puts it only 0.2% away from the all-time closing high it set in October.
Nasdaq Composite (COMP) futures are 0.3% higher.

The stock market will close at 1 pm ET on Wednesday ahead of the Independence Day holiday on Thursday. Markets will be closed on July 4.
Stock climbed at the start of the week following President Donald Trump’s meeting with China’s Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Japan, where the leaders agreed to a tariff ceasefire and to resume trade talks.
A global shift towards looser monetary policy is also helping stocks, as lower interest rates make it cheaper for companies to incur debt.
Easy money on the horizon

Trump nominated Christopher Waller and Judy Shelton to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System late Tuesday. Waller is the executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Shelton serves as the US executive director of the European Bank of Reconstruction & Development, and has advocated returning to the gold standard.
“President Trump has also selected two Fed nominees that completely agree with his stance that lower interest rates are needed,” wrote Edward Moya, senior market analyst at Oanda.

The president has long been critical of the Fed and its Chairman Jerome Powell, saying that lower interest rates would help boost the economy. Powell was also nominated by Trump.

Waller and Shelton’s nomination follows two other Trump picks for the Fed, both of which withdrew from consideration.
In Europe, Christine Lagarde — current head of the International Monetary Fund — has been tapped to lead the European Central Bank when current President Mario Draghi’s term ends later this year.

“She is considered an uber-dove, so it is very hard to imagine when interest rate hikes will be delivered by the ECB,” Moya said.
With loser monetary policy on the horizon in both Europe and the United States, government bond yields — which are in part driven by future interest rate expectations — are lower on Wednesday.

The 10-year US Treasury bond hit its lowest level since November 2016, according to Refinitiv, last yielding 1.9601%.


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Ed Moya

Ed Moya

Senior Market Analyst, The Americas at OANDA
With more than 20 years’ trading experience, Ed Moya is a senior market analyst with OANDA, producing up-to-the-minute intermarket analysis, coverage of geopolitical events, central bank policies and market reaction to corporate news. His particular expertise lies across a wide range of asset classes including FX, commodities, fixed income, stocks and cryptocurrencies. Over the course of his career, Ed has worked with some of the leading forex brokerages, research teams and news departments on Wall Street including Global Forex Trading, FX Solutions and Trading Advantage. Most recently he worked with TradeTheNews.com, where he provided market analysis on economic data and corporate news. Based in New York, Ed is a regular guest on several major financial television networks including CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Yahoo! Finance Live, Fox Business and Sky TV. His views are trusted by the world’s most renowned global newswires including Reuters, Bloomberg and the Associated Press, and he is regularly quoted in leading publications such as MSN, MarketWatch, Forbes, Breitbart, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Ed holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.
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