We often talk about the potential for low volume trading conditions to distort price levels. The thinking is that when fewer dollars are being traded, it takes fewer dollars to move the representative price of a given security.
For instance, if we reduce the MBS example to the ridiculous, let's say there were only 2 accounts trading MBS today. If one of them was in the unfortunate position of absolutely needing to sell, the buyer could pretty well set the price as low as they wanted.
While low volume never increases the likelihood of weakness or strength, it does mean that any tradeflow imbalances will be somewhat magnified. That's been the case so far today, with the net effect being prices at or near their lowest levels since September. That said, volume is about a fifth of normal, if that. So we can't infer much in terms of longer-term momentum.
MBS Pricing Snapshot
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| MBS || |
94-29 : -0-18
99-09 : -0-15
102-24 : -0-10
| Treasuries || |
0.3992 : +0.0162
2.9793 : +0.0503
3.8921 : +0.0481
| Pricing as of 12/24/13 11:58AMEST |
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Hugh W. Page : "We haven't closed above 3% on the 10 yr in well over 2 yrs right?"
John Sheadel : "Markets are closing early today, correct? 2pm EST?"
Hugh W. Page : "2.99 in Sept of this yr I think. Let's hope this level acts as a strong ceiling again."
Matthew Graham : "Well, it might in the short term, but I think it's sort of a given that we'll drift higher "
Matthew Graham : "RTRS- U.S. HOME PRICES +0.5 PCT IN OCTOBER FROM SEPTEMBER - U.S. REGULATOR "
Matthew Graham : "RTRS- US NOV SINGLE-FAMILY HOME SALES 464,000 UNIT ANN. RATE (CONS 445,000) VS OCT 474,000 UNIT RATE (PREV 444,000)"
Matthew Graham : "RTRS- US OCT HOME SALES RATE HIGHEST SINCE JULY 2008, OCT PCT CHANGE LARGEST SINCE JAN 1992 "