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Global markets regained their footing over Wednesday night and took a positive tone coming into Thursday’s trading. There appears to be more optimism over US tax reform measures as the House is expected to bring a bill to vote this week, which provides a boost to risk appetites around the globe. While Chinese shares finished nearly unchanged, Asian stock markets were mostly higher, led by strong gains in the Japanese Nikkei and South Korean KOSPI indices. A busy morning of European data included a reading for Euro zone CPI and better than expected results for UK retail sales. The US trading session will start out with a weekly reading on initial jobless claims that is forecast to have a modest drop from the previous 239,000 reading. Will this recovery be enough to see a resumption of the uptrend? There are still some concerns that earnings growth may slow; especially if there is a long and drawn out fight over tax policy. Some form of tax relief is already priced for 2018 earnings and this may be enough to spark some movement of investors to the sidelines into the end of the year. December e-mini S&P resistance comes in at 257960 with support at 256425.


Dec ’17 Emini S&P 500 Daily Chart

Dec '17 Emini S&P 500 Daily Chart

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Since leaving the corporate world in 1995, Jeff has established a name for himself as a trusted financial advisor and trading advocate—leveraging his studies in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Loyola University, 25+ years of experience, and a passion for the industry to guide both novice and experienced traders in pursuit of achieving their own financial reward. Jeff began his career as a clerk in the S&P 500 pit at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange—fostering a deep interest in the options market that eventually drove him into the retail futures sector where he spent several years as a broker’s assistant before taking on clients of his own. Operating at the intersection of strategy and success, Jeff seeks to establish meaningful relationships with clients—synthesizing financial data and offering timely insight that informs critical decision-making surrounding money management and trading activities. Well-versed in the futures, securities, equities, and indices markets, Jeff is uniquely positioned to direct his clients to success. With a carefully cultivated combination of experience and expertise, he is able to connect with clients to better understand their goals and offer sound financial guidance that delivers notable bottom-line results.
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