Welcome to the day after the Thanksgiving Holiday--where US markets are open in name, but closed in spirit. Technically, SIFMA recommends an "early close" of 2pm for Bond Markets (and 1pm for the NYSE), but the number of available trading hours in the day grossly overstates the volume and activity traditionally seen on these Fridays. MBS prices may move in either direction, but little can or should be inferred from their movement today, when a sizable chunk of market participants won't be around to have their say.
Making the ghost town even ghostlier is the fact that Japan is out on holiday as well (full closure), and the most pressing issues in Europe are on hold until next week. Chief among these issues is the yet-to-be-cemented terms of Greece's next tranche of bailout money. There was some hope that a deal would be inked on Wednesday, but Euro Zone Finance Ministers weren't able to agree on the repayment terms for the bailout funds. The European Commission's Ollie Rehn said yesterday that he expects Finance Ministers to sign off on the deal on Monday. Markets, however, haven't gotten too excited about Rehn's statement given that Wednesday marked the second failure in two weeks and that Euro zone officials will be working over the weekend in hopes of getting things wrapped up by Monday.
Live Econ Calendar:
Week Of Mon, Nov 19 2012 - Fri, Nov 23 2012
Mon, Nov 19
Existing home sales
Exist. home sales % chg
NAHB housing market indx
Tue, Nov 20
Housing starts number mm
House starts mm: change
Building permits: number
Build permits: change mm
Wed, Nov 21
Mortgage market index
Mortgage refinance index
Initial Jobless Claims
* mm: monthly | yy: annual | qq: quarterly | "w/e" in
"period" column indicates a weekly report
* Q1: First Quarter | Adv: Advance Release | Pre: Preliminary
Release | Fin: Final Release
* (n)SA: (non) Seasonally Adjusted
* PMI: "Purchasing Managers Index"
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