MBS Live: MBS Morning Market Summary
MBS are currently showing their appreciation for Treasuries to hold the line at yesterday afternoon's highs.  In general, the faster the pace and the bigger the move in Treasuries, the harder it is for MBS to keep pace.  Today then, is the opposite of that, with 10yr yields opening improved (but not "too improved") from yesterday's latest levels, and holding a narrow range of roughly 2bps.  10's spiked just a bit into the first half hour of the stock market trading day but bounced before threatening yesterday's closing levels.  The tidy little range--which is slightly higher in rate since the open, but not high enough to break support--has afforded MBS the opportunity to stay almost completely sideways around 103-16.  Data was of little consequence and volumes have been low.  In fact, taking inventory of what we have going on: MBS are in a narrow range near long term inflection points, Treasuries aren't giving clear signals, volume is low, AND it's "month-end," all seem to suggest that things are a little "too quiet."  That suggests the next move outside this morning's ranges could be bigger than yesterday's morning or afternoon swings.
MBS Pricing Snapshot
Pricing shown below is delayed, please note the timestamp at the bottom. Real time pricing is available via MBS Live.
FNMA 3.0
103-17 : +0-07
FNMA 3.5
105-25 : +0-04
FNMA 4.0
106-20 : +0-03
FNMA 4.5
107-21 : +0-03
GNMA 3.0
104-25 : +0-07
GNMA 3.5
107-27 : +0-06
GNMA 4.0
108-25 : +0-04
GNMA 4.5
109-08 : +0-02
103-02 : +0-08
105-10 : +0-04
106-09 : +0-04
106-27 : -0-02
Pricing as of 11:07 AM EST
Morning Reprice Alerts and Updates
Below is a recap of instant Reprice Alerts and updates issued via email and text alert to MBS Live subscribers this morning.

9:51AM  :  ECON: Chicago PMI Slightly Stronger Than Expected
- PMI 56.8 vs 54.3 Consensus, 55.6 previously
- New Orders 60.2 vs 58.2 previously
- employment 55.7 vs 58.0 previously

The Chicago Purchasing Managers reported the Chicago Business Barometer rose for a second month, up 1.2 points to 56.8, its highest level since last March. Improvement in the Business Barometer was concurrent with gains in New Orders, Order Backlogs, and Supplier Deliveries while Production and Employment expanded at a slower pace.
9:07AM  :  Uneventful Overnight Session, Limited Response To Data
US Treasuries were steady-handed in both Asian and European hours overnight. Despite choppier movement in German Bunds and Euros, 10's coasted gently lower in yield into domestic hours. Once again, 1.87+ acted as a short term, mid-range resistance level, leaving 10's at 1.879 at 8am.

Since then, there's been only a moderate reaction to stronger-than-expected Jobless Claims data, mostly offset by weaker-than-expected GDP, at least to whatever extent data is of any concern to this market (and it hasn't been so far this week). 10's moved moderately higher and Fannie 3.0 MBS came off their 103-18 highs but remain 6 ticks higher on the day at 103-16. Equities futures win the "most sideways" award overnight and we're looking forward to the cash open to see if another ambush awaits us (like yesterday).

All that to say that the, while bond markets resisted the intensity of movement suggested by the stock lever, the lever is still very much in play in terms of acting to suggest the direction that bonds move. It's not necessarily a case of motivation traveling strictly downhill from one to the other, but it was certainly the driver yesterday.

Chicago PMI at 9:45am is the next relevant econ data release. Looks like we'll be holding our ground at least into the equities open if not into Chi-PMI data itself. Reassessing from there.
8:39AM  :  ECON: Jobless Claims 344k vs 360k Consensus
In the week ending February 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 344,000, a decrease of 22,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 366,000. The 4-week moving average was 355,000, a decrease of 6,750 from the previous week's revised average of 361,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent for the week ending February 16, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending February 16 was 3,074,000, a decrease of 91,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,165,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,155,000, a decrease of 35,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,190,500.
8:37AM  :  ECON: GDP Weaker Than Expected, BEA Cites Inventories
- Q4 Prelim GDP +0.1 vs +0.5 Consensus, -0.1 Previous
- Business Inventory Change +$12 bln vs +$20bln Previous
- Inventories cut 1.55% from GDP change
- +0.1% rise = smallest since Q1 2011

Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- increased at an annual rate of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 (that is, from the third quarter to the fourth quarter), according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 3.1 percent.

The GDP estimate released today is based on more complete source data than were available for the "advance" estimate issued last month. In the advance estimate, real GDP declined 0.1 percent. The upward revision to the percent change in real GDP is smaller than the average revision from the advance to second estimate of 0.5 percentage point. While today’s release has revised the direction of change in real GDP, the general picture of the economy for the fourth quarter remains largely the same as what was presented last month.

The increase in real GDP in the fourth quarter primarily reflected positive contributions from personal consumption expenditures (PCE), nonresidential fixed investment, and residential fixed investment that were partly offset by negative contributions from private inventory investment, federal government spending, exports, and state and local government spending. Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, decreased.

The deceleration in real GDP in the fourth quarter primarily reflected downturns in private inventory investment, in federal government spending, in exports, and in state and local government spending that were partly offset by an upturn in nonresidential fixed investment, a larger decrease in imports, and an acceleration in PCE.
Live Chat Featured Comments
A recap of the featured comments from the MBS Live Dashboard's Live Chat feature, utilized by hundreds of industry professionals each day.

Brayden Alexander  :  "Dow is using Apple Maps and isn't sure which way to actually go."
Andrew Horowitz  :  "dow just turned positive"
Victor Burek  :  "dow just turned negative"
Matthew Graham  :  "Chi-PMI 3 minute early release always makes for a bit of a spike. This one doesn't look like a big enough beat to warrant sincere follow through. Stocks are hesitating to break y'day's highs for now."
Oliver S. Orlicki  :  "TSY lagging"
Gus Floropoulos  :  "the all important 103-16"
Matthew Graham  :  ""The deceleration in real GDP in the fourth quarter primarily reflected downturns in private inventory investment, in federal government spending, in exports, and in state and local government spending that were partly offset by an upturn in nonresidential fixed investment, a larger decrease in imports, and an acceleration in PCE.""
Matthew Graham  :  "RTRS- US CONTINUED CLAIMS FELL TO 3.074 MLN (CON. 3.160 MLN) FEB. 16 WEEK FROM 3.165 MLN PRIOR WEEK (PREV 3.148 MLN) "
Matthew Graham  :  "RTRS - US JOBLESS CLAIMS FELL TO 344,000 FEB. 23 WEEK (CONSENSUS 360,000) FROM 366,000 PRIOR WEEK (PREVIOUS 362,000) "
Matthew Graham  :  "RTRS- US Q4 GDP RISE SMALLEST SINCE Q1 2011 (+0.1 PCT) "
Matthew Graham  :  "RTRS- US PRELIM Q4 GDP +0.1 PCT (CONSENSUS +0.5 PCT), PREV -0.1 PCT; FINAL SALES +1.7 PCT (CONS +1.7 PCT), PREV +1.1 PCT "
John Tassios  :  "not much will happen due to squester / more movement due to Europe problems and the FED"
Thomas Quann  :  "gm all. What happens to MBS tomorrow after the sequester?"

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