After yesterday saw yields break above the previous ceiling in 10yr yields (2.66-2.67) with gusto, anything other than an equally decisive movement back in the other direction would only reinforce the ongoing selling-spree.  Chances are, if you're reading this, you're already aware that we got no such bounce.  While today's trading didn't result in a major move to new intraday high yields, bonds nonetheless closed at their highest levels since early 2014 (again).

In a real sense, momentum is its own reason for existence at this point.  We often talk about "snowball" moves both higher and lower in rate, where selling begets more selling for a variety of reasons and vice versa.  That's certainly part of the current weakness.  In terms of specific events, there's certainly a chance that bond markets are anxious ahead of the State of the Union, tomorrow's Treasury Refunding Announcement, or the afternoon's Fed Announcement.  

On a more esoteric note, markets are sifting through month-end tradeflows for January.  Keep in mind that the glut of 401k contributions and most other employer-paid retirement accounts had a Dec 31, 2017 deadline to be counted for that tax year.  Speculators in bonds (and stocks) no doubt made bets as to how that money would impact January's trading and now the first three days of this week would be when all of those chips are being sorted.  As such, we saw today's biggest surge in bond volume at the 9:30am NYSE open, thus implying active trading of bond-related ETFs.  This actually didn't prove to be too big of a motivation in one direction or another in the morning.

In the afternoon when liquidity began to wane, the balance of power shifted back in favor of sellers (Europe was slightly helpful during morning hours) and yields pushed up to new intraday and closing highs.  


MBS Pricing Snapshot
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MBS
FNMA 3.5
100-30 : -0-04
Treasuries
10 YR
2.7236 : +0.0246
Pricing as of 1/30/18 5:05PMEST

Today's Reprice Alerts and Updates
A recap of Alerts and Updates provided to MBS Live subscribers.
1:50PM  :  ALERT ISSUED: Negative Reprice Risk Increasing
9:52AM  :  Quick Sell-Off, Quick Bounce; Reprice Risk Considerations

MBS Live Chat Highlights
A recap of featured comments from the Live Discussion on the MBS Live Dashboard.
Sung Kim  :  "anyone floating in this market is like the roulette player always betting on 00/0"
Ted Rood  :  "My consensus is that rates will be higher for the foreseeable future."
David Rudnick  :  "whats the lock consensus pre FOMC? locking or seeing what tonight and tomorrow bring?"
Matthew Graham  :  "Bonds seem to be bracing for a very hawkish Fed if the Fed is destined to have some impact"
Matthew Graham  :  "As always, it depends what they say."
Peter Lassig II  :  "MG: It seems like we've had pretty good luck with rates following FOMC rate decisions lately. I understand that tonight might move markets, but will the FOMC stuff carry much weight?"
Bert Swyers  :  "chart looks like my 4 year old on his etch a sketch"
Bert Swyers  :  "anyone know how they plan on paying for this 1.5 trillion in new infrastrusture? I think this is part of why we we are seeing rates melt up. Bond vigilantes back out again, we have seen this before. Thoughts?"