Last Friday represented a potential shift in the recent trend toward higher rates that began in mid-April.  10yr yields (which we track as the best proxy for momentum in longer-term rates, like mortgages) fell below a key trendline (seen in the chart below as the lower teal line) as well as the middle Bollinger Band (essentially a 1-month moving average).  Momentum technicals also took a positive turn.

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All that having been said, this shift toward lower rates is far from a done deal.  Right out of the gate this morning, we can consider the fact that the overnight trading activity in European markets (which includes trading of US Treasuries, albeit in lower volumes) failed to improved on last Friday's low yields.  We'll need to see a break below those lows fairly early in this week if hope is to remain alive for the bigger-picture breakout.

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It's unclear exactly where motivation will come from based on the economic calendar.  There are essentially zero big-ticket economic events scheduled.  In fact, from a bond traders' perspective, this is a perfect vacation week as there are very few Fed speakers, no major Fed releases, no major economic reports, and no key geopolitical events to anticipate.  That leaves market movement up to risk of random headlines and trader positioning--both of which increase volatility and unpredictability. 


MBS Pricing Snapshot
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MBS
FNMA 3.5
102-17 : -0-03
Treasuries
10 YR
2.3398 : +0.0068
Pricing as of 5/15/17 9:20AMEST

Tomorrow's Economic Calendar
Time Event Period Forecast Prior
Monday, May 15
8:30 NY Fed manufacturing May 7.00 5.20
10:00 NAHB housing market indx May 68 68
Tuesday, May 16
8:30 Housing starts number mm (ml)* Apr 1.260 1.215
8:30 Building permits: number (ml)* Apr 1.270 1.267
9:15 Industrial Production (%)* Apr 0.3 0.5
9:15 Capacity Utilization (%) Apr 76.3 76.1
Wednesday, May 17
7:00 Mortgage Market Index w/e 415.7
Thursday, May 18
8:30 Philly Fed Business Index * May 19.8 22.0
8:30 Initial Jobless Claims (k) w/e 236