Asian, European, and domestic markets have all agreed: it's a quiet trading day. The light volumes make for a situation where it doesn't take much doing to move trading levels. The result is an amount of market movement that looks like any other day, while the underlying level of activity is quite a bit smaller.
Without any meaningful market-movers overnight, bonds took cues from equities as well as technical trading considerations. In that regard, last week's positive momentum showed early warning signs of reversing by Friday and we have moderate follow-through on that reversal this morning.
Emphasizing the slowness and lack of trade-inspiring events, the fastest-paced movement of the day was brought on by mere observation of other trades. As we sometimes discuss "traders watching other trades" can be a market mover in and of itself.
This was the case around 10:30am today when several bigger trades in Treasury futures made for an additional move into weaker territory for Treasuries and MBS. They've both since recovered most of that weakness however, leaving the day-over-day changes in just moderately weaker territory--about an eighth of a point in Fannie 3.5s and just under 2bps higher in 10yr yields.
MBS Pricing Snapshot
Pricing shown below is delayed, please note the timestamp at the bottom. Real time pricing
is available via MBS Live.
| MBS || |
98-11 : -0-04
102-10 : -0-04
105-18 : -0-03
| Treasuries || |
0.4639 : +0.0119
2.5395 : +0.0195
3.3548 : +0.0118
| Pricing as of 7/14/14 11:51AMEST |
Morning Reprice Alerts and Updates
10:44AM : ALERT ISSUED: Quick Move to New Lows; No Major Reprice Risk Yet
9:04AM : Bond Markets Slightly Weaker Overnight; Slow Session so Far
Live Chat Featured Comments
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Raul Lopez : "Lol! I suppose you feel quite strongly about that MG!"
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News had leaked that afternoon, June 17, that the U.S. had captured Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a key suspect in the attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi in 2012. Justice Department officials didn't want the announcement of the suit against Citigroup—and its accompanying litany of alleged misdeeds related to mortgage-backed securities—to be overshadowed by questions about the Benghazi suspect and U.S. policy on detainees. Citigroup, which didn't want to raise its offer again and had been preparing to be sued, never again heard the threat of a suit.
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Raul Lopez : "Looks like his press conference was completely shrugged "
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