For all the data and events digested by bond markets today, trading levels managed to stay fairly calm and to seek out the neutrality of recent ranges. For 10yr yields, that 'recent range' is twofold. The wider range is roughly 2.74 to 2.47 with both getting a visit in October and many more in June, July, and August. The narrower range is that which prevailed during most of the "wait and see" moments of the government shutdown, stretching from 2.59 to 2.67. It translates mostly to 101-18 to 102-06 in terms of Fannie 3.5 MBS.
With the weakness seen at the end of last week, both MBS and Treasuries returned inside the narrower range and both were able to hold their respective ground before breaking any weaker (10's up over 2.67 and MBS, below 101-18). After today's improvement, they've moved closer to the other end of the range. In so doing, they've opted to stick to the most central zone of broader range that's well-enough traveled as to justify more volatility than we're seeing. This suggests they're ready to move quickly to either side of the longer-term range after tomorrow's NFP, though they're more likely to fizzle well before making it to those relative extremes.
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Bond Markets Back to Best Levels After Fed Buyback
Unlike important economic data that can noticeably correlate with bond market movement, we're currently seeing more secretive sources for this mid-day rally. The most likely suspect is the swift correction in 30yr bonds surrounding the Fed's scheduled 30yr buyback from 10:15 through 11:02am. Click over to the 30yr chart to see just how much they're leading 10's today.
There's also news of think tank report making rounds among market participants suggesting that the Fed threshold news of the past few days is grossly overdone and that the papers that started the speculation were in the works for quite some time. This one's a bit more of a stretch, but it could be contributing.
Finally--and on the most substantive note--big block trades came through the CME just before the end of the Fed buyback and coincided with 10yr yields turning the corner at 10:53am.
10's rocketed lower from 2.635 to 2.598, but are already back up to 2.611. That's not too shabby if we hold there as it's in line with the best levels from earlier this morning. MBS merely approached their best levels with Fannie 3.5s rising to 102-02 but currently back down to 101-31+.
The gains are still fairly young, but if they stick around at current levels, a few lenders may consider positive reprices.
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