There's little else to say beyond what's said in the most recent update at 1:43pm below. With a low of 103-10, a high of 103-18, and most of the trading range falling within 103-13 to 103-16, today was exceedingly uneventful for MBS. Things were slightly peakier in Treasuries day over day as 10yr yields essentially traversed their entire week's range between yesterday afternoon and today, but they were similarly uneventful from 10am on, holding between 2.0 and 1.98. As we've already noted, we think the market's eyes are turning toward 4/25's FOMC Announcement and Bernanke presser. This afforded an opportunity for this week of trading to close out having held a rather narrow range. We're not sure if the exact same range will prevail next week, but there's a fair chance that things will continue to seem restrained in some way until the following week. As always, such thoughts assume an absence of 'tape-bomb'-style headlines.
MBS Pricing Snapshot
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Pricing as of 4:06 PM EST
Afternoon Reprice Alerts and Updates
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Volume and Volatility Our For The Weekend. MBS Holding Gains
With more than a little bit of resignation, we commented this morning on the sense that the current range trade in bond markets won't get its most potent bit of information until the April 25th FOMC Announcement, and that 10yr yields, by default, seemed stuck in a 2.07-1.96 range until then.
Even though some headline events could nudge us out of that range between now and then, "relatively flat, and wholeheartedly uncommitted" feel like the dominant themes since last week's NFP miss. Today has played out perfectly in that regard inasmuch as 10yr yields approached 2.07 yesterday afternoon and are heading decidedly back into the range ever since, but clearly bottoming out before testing Tuesday's lows.
If you caught the Zombie Movie reference
the other morning, markets basically made us wait one more day before another "red oval." (i.e. monday=flat, tue=directional, wed, thur=flat, today=directional). The downside to that is that we got the same main line of resistance at 1.98+, translated to 103-17 in terms of Fannie 3.5 MBS. The upside is that these prices are just fine... 8/32nds up on the day.
Volume has dropped off in characteristic Friday afternoon fashion and we're not expecting any meaningful developments in the big picture. Other than the need to maintain a simple level of awareness that low volume can lead to volatility, the week is over. Key reprice risk level underfoot at 103-10 (we're currently at 103-14).
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