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Bonds Weaker On Italy and ADP, Holding Ground Tentatively
Posted to: Micro News
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 9:13 AM
You've heard of the "Stock Lever?" Now it's time to dust off the "Italy Lever." This is very much not a new phenomenon, but for the past week particularly, domestic bond markets have based more of their overnight movement on Italian credit spreads than anything else.
Today's overnight session was a carbon copy of yesterday's in many ways. US Treasuries were virtually flat during Asian hours and quickly began giving up ground as European markets opened up and Italian spreads started falling. Since yesterday morning, the gap between Italian and German 10yr debt has narrowed by 37 bps, accounting for more than half of the post-election spike. Lo and behold, US 10yr Treasuries have given back just over half of their post-election gains as well!
Treasuries found inspiration of their own after this morning's stronger-than-expected ADP Employment figures. 10's were already higher ahead of the report, but ratcheted another few bps higher to the mid 1.94's, essentially right on the upper limit of the early January range that we guessed might serve as a good impromptu "post-Italy/pre-NFP" range. Any higher than 1.95 today though, and that would start to look less like the case.
For their part, MBS opened about 4 ticks weaker and gave up another 3 following ADP, putting in lows at 103-06 in Fannie 3.0s. We're currently 1 tick off the lows at 103-06 (net -0-06 on the day). 10yr yields are up 3.6bps at 1.934 and S&P futures are up 7 points at 1544. The next and only remaining piece of scheduled domestic data today is Factory Orders (including Durable Goods revisions) at 10am.
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