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  • 12/7/12
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  • 12/7/12
    Slow Leak Since Into PM Hours, Reprice Risk Still Limited
    Fannie 3.0s are definitely heading the wrong direction, but they're doing so in a rather slow and methodical way. Treasury yields and stock prices are doing their own leaking as well, ratcheting just barely higher at fairly regular intervals. Neither has made it back to 8am-10am levels, but MBS are at their weakest levels since the few minutes following the NFP release.

    The gap between current levels and rate sheets this morning is still not even an eighth of a point (1-3 ticks), except for lenders who priced exceptionally late in the morning. Even then, reprice risk is likely very limited at current levels and given the current pace of the selling.

    105 to 105-01 has been the latest in a series of "ledges" that have offered technical support. It's been holding for about an hour and looks a bit tired. In rare cases, some lenders view this as grounds for a reprice, but we mention the technical ledge more to point out a line in the sand. If prices break lower (thinking of numbers like 104-30 to 104-31) then we'd be getting into a slightly more risky negative reprice situation.
    Category: MBS, UPDATE
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  • 12/7/12
    ECON: Consumer Sentiment Much Weaker Than Expected
    - Headline Sentiment 74.5 vs 82.4 consensus
    - Current Conditions 89.9 vs 91.0 consensus
    - Expectations 64.6 vs 78.0 consensus
    - 12 Month Outlook 75 vs 97 previous
    - Expectations / Sentiment lowest since August

    Survey Director Richard Curtin: ""Confidence plunged in early December as consumers confronted the rising likelihood that political gridlock would push the country over the fiscal cliff."
    Category: MBS, ECON
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  • 12/7/12
    Relatively Contained Post-NFP Selling, Mid-Range Indecision
    As expected, markets clearly reserved some level of reaction to Payrolls data despite what we suggested was an overdeveloped temptation to dismiss economic data that might be impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The BLS was kind enough to go out of their way to mention that Sandy had limited impact on their data collection, a fact that casts the 146k payrolls print in quite a different light (though not so different after last month's initial 171k was revised down to 138k). Combine it with another Labor Force Participation Rate drop that more than offsets the U/E drop and we're right back to "stagnant."

    It would seem that bond markets have done their best to trade these realities back into the market after the obligatory knee-jerk sell-off. Both MBS and Treasuries came into the domestic session in relatively neutral territory after one of the quietest overnight sessions of the week. Fannie 3.0s sold a quick 3/8ths of a point before retracing about half of those losses ahead of the domestic stock market open.

    10yr Treasuries didn't bounce back nearly as well, with the initial move taking them from 1.57's to 1.63+. They only retraced to mid 1.61's before rising back to high 1.62's ahead of the stock open and are currently in the process of fighting off a break above previous highs.

    As long as Treasuries continue to fight off that technical break, it hearkens a stable enough intraday interest rate environment for MBS to hang on to their 'bounce back' levels, which, in terms of Fannie 3.0s is essentially 105-01 or higher. We're currently sitting at 105-02, which is 6 ticks lower from y'day, as stocks are moving lower slightly at the open. That said, we wouldn't count on a lock-step stock lever connection for the rest of the day--just looking for the most relevant near term guidance to help resolve the mid-range indecision.
    Category: MBS, UPDATE
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  • 12/7/12
    ECON: NFP Much Stronger Than Expected, But BLS Says No Impact From Sandy
    - NFP + 146 vs +93 Consensus
    - October NFP revised to 138k from 171k
    - Unemployment Rate 7.7% vs 7.9% Consensus
    - Labor Force Participation Rate down 0.2 Pct, more than offsets U/E rate drop

    Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 146,000 in November, and the unemployment rate edged down to 7.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in retail trade, professional and business services, and health care.

    "Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the Northeast coast on October 29th, causing severe damage in some states. Nevertheless, our survey response rates in the affected states were within normal ranges. Our analysis suggests that Hurricane Sandy did not substantively impact the national employment and unemployment estimates for November. BLS will release the regional and state estimates on December 21st. For additional information on how severe weather affects employment and unemployment data, see Question 8 in the Frequently Asked Questions section of this release."
    Category: MBS, ECON
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  • 12/7/12
    Another hour of bumping and bouncing on the next technical...
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  • 12/7/12
    Fannie 3.0s are definitely heading the wrong direction, but they're doing so in a rather slow and methodical way. Treasury yields and stock prices are doing their own leaking as well, ratcheting just barely higher at fairly regular intervals. Neither has made it back to 8am-10am levels, but MBS are at their weakest levels since the few minutes following the NFP release.

    The gap between current levels and rate sheets this morning is still not even an eighth of a point (1-3 ticks), except for lenders who priced exceptionally late in the morning. Even then, reprice risk is likely very limited at current levels and given the current pace of the selling.

    105 to 105-01 has been the latest in a series of "ledges" that have offered technical support. It's been holding for about an hour and looks a bit tired. In rare cases, some lenders view this as grounds for a reprice, but we mention the technical ledge more to point out a line in the sand. If prices break lower (thinking of numbers like 104-30 to 104-31) then we'd be getting into a slightly more risky negative reprice situation.
    Category: MBS, UPDATE
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  • 12/7/12
    - Headline Sentiment 74.5 vs 82.4 consensus
    - Current Conditions 89.9 vs 91.0 consensus
    - Expectations 64.6 vs 78.0 consensus
    - 12 Month Outlook 75 vs 97 previous
    - Expectations / Sentiment lowest since August

    Survey Director Richard Curtin: ""Confidence plunged in early December as consumers confronted the rising likelihood that political gridlock would push the country over the fiscal cliff."
    Category: MBS, ECON
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  • 12/7/12
    As expected, markets clearly reserved some level of reaction to Payrolls data despite what we suggested was an overdeveloped temptation to dismiss economic data that might be impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The BLS was kind enough to go out of their way to mention that Sandy had limited impact on their data collection, a fact that casts the 146k payrolls print in quite a different light (though not so different after last month's initial 171k was revised down to 138k). Combine it with another Labor Force Participation Rate drop that more than offsets the U/E drop and we're right back to "stagnant."

    It would seem that bond markets have done their best to trade these realities back into the market after the obligatory knee-jerk sell-off. Both MBS and Treasuries came into the domestic session in relatively neutral territory after one of the quietest overnight sessions of the week. Fannie 3.0s sold a quick 3/8ths of a point before retracing about half of those losses ahead of the domestic stock market open.

    10yr Treasuries didn't bounce back nearly as well, with the initial move taking them from 1.57's to 1.63+. They only retraced to mid 1.61's before rising back to high 1.62's ahead of the stock open and are currently in the process of fighting off a break above previous highs.

    As long as Treasuries continue to fight off that technical break, it hearkens a stable enough intraday interest rate environment for MBS to hang on to their 'bounce back' levels, which, in terms of Fannie 3.0s is essentially 105-01 or higher. We're currently sitting at 105-02, which is 6 ticks lower from y'day, as stocks are moving lower slightly at the open. That said, we wouldn't count on a lock-step stock lever connection for the rest of the day--just looking for the most relevant near term guidance to help resolve the mid-range indecision.
    Category: MBS, UPDATE
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  • 12/7/12
    - NFP + 146 vs +93 Consensus
    - October NFP revised to 138k from 171k
    - Unemployment Rate 7.7% vs 7.9% Consensus
    - Labor Force Participation Rate down 0.2 Pct, more than offsets U/E rate drop

    Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 146,000 in November, and the unemployment rate edged down to 7.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in retail trade, professional and business services, and health care.

    "Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the Northeast coast on October 29th, causing severe damage in some states. Nevertheless, our survey response rates in the affected states were within normal ranges. Our analysis suggests that Hurricane Sandy did not substantively impact the national employment and unemployment estimates for November. BLS will release the regional and state estimates on December 21st. For additional information on how severe weather affects employment and unemployment data, see Question 8 in the Frequently Asked Questions section of this release."
    Category: MBS, ECON
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  • 12/7/12
    ECON: Consumer Sentiment Much Weaker Than Expected
    - Headline Sentiment 74.5 vs 82.4 consensus
    - Current Conditions 89.9 vs 91.0 consensus
    - Expectations 64.6 vs 78.0 consensus
    - 12 Month Outlook 75 vs 97 previous
    - Expectations / Sentiment lowest since August

    Survey Director Richard Curtin: ""Confidence plunged in early December as consumers confronted the rising likelihood that political gridlock would push the country over the fiscal cliff."
    Category: MBS, ECON
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  • 12/7/12
    ECON: NFP Much Stronger Than Expected, But BLS Says No Impact From Sandy
    - NFP + 146 vs +93 Consensus
    - October NFP revised to 138k from 171k
    - Unemployment Rate 7.7% vs 7.9% Consensus
    - Labor Force Participation Rate down 0.2 Pct, more than offsets U/E rate drop

    Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 146,000 in November, and the unemployment rate edged down to 7.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in retail trade, professional and business services, and health care.

    "Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the Northeast coast on October 29th, causing severe damage in some states. Nevertheless, our survey response rates in the affected states were within normal ranges. Our analysis suggests that Hurricane Sandy did not substantively impact the national employment and unemployment estimates for November. BLS will release the regional and state estimates on December 21st. For additional information on how severe weather affects employment and unemployment data, see Question 8 in the Frequently Asked Questions section of this release."
    Category: MBS, ECON
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