Last week's NFP was eerily predictable.  Either that, or I got lucky.  

My thought was that the market had been fairly range-bound and especially disinterested in breaking below the 2.21/2.22% range following Draghi's late June tapering scare.  Combine that with lighter summertime tradeflows, Jackson Hole coming up at the end of the month, and September's potentially big central bank announcements, and it didn't really seem like the right time for bonds to aggressively break out of ranges for no particular reason.

All that having been said, bonds still need to move in order for traders to trade and for opportunistic traders to make money.  With the jobs report anecdotes pointing to a slightly weaker-than-expected probability, it made good enough sense for traders to price-in a weaker result with a rally down to the 2.21/2.22% technical level and then to sell bonds if the number was OK.  

The number was OK--perhaps slightly better than OK, and bonds sold-off.  Pretty logical stuff in retrospect (and if you absorbed what I wrote, it was logical ahead of time as well).  We're only as good as our last market call though, so what's next?  

The crystal ball is cloudier now.  With the exception of Friday's CPI data, there's not much on tap for this week apart from Fed speakers and bond market supply.  We're already seeing a decent amount of corporate supply this morning.  The supply environment this week may well have played into last Friday's selling pressure, which would suggest some underlying bullishness that may not be readily detectable at first glance.  

Still, it's quite clear that yields have gravitated toward the center of the most recent range, as seen in the chart from last week's market newsletter:

2017-8-7 open2

Breaking below the 2.21/2.22 barrier would result in a potential test of 2.17 and ultimately 2.12, but to reiterate my defensive thoughts from last week, I would first be on the lookout for a bit more selling pressure to help bond traders reset trading positions before the next rally attempt.  A strong CPI on Friday could definitely accelerate that process unless some combination of mid-week events does it first.  A weak CPI on Friday could throw a wrench into the works and force some tough trading decisions ahead of Jackson Hole at the end of the month (where Draghi is expected to talk more about ECB tapering possibilities. 


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Tomorrow's Economic Calendar
Time Event Period Forecast Prior
Tuesday, Aug 08
13:00 3-Yr Note Auction (bl) 24
Wednesday, Aug 09
7:00 Mortgage Market Index w/e 406.6
8:30 Labor Costs Preliminary (%) Q2 1.2 2.2
8:30 Productivity Preliminary (%) Q2 0.7 0.0
10:00 Wholesale inventories mm (%) Jun 0.6 0.6
10:00 Wholesale sales mm (%) Jun 0.1 -0.5
13:00 10-yr Note Auction (bl)* 23
Thursday, Aug 10
8:30 Producer Prices (%) Jul 0.1 0.1
8:30 Core Producer Prices YY (%)* Jul 2.1 1.9
8:30 Initial Jobless Claims (k) w/e 240 240
13:00 30-Yr Bond Auction (bl)* 15
Friday, Aug 11
8:30 CPI mm, sa (%)* Jul 0.2 0.0
8:30 Core CPI Year/Year (%)* Jul 1.7 1.7