The 4th of July, like a handful of other bond market holidays, doesn't care what day of week the 4th falls on.  That makes it one of the very times each year when markets are closed mid-week.  That will be the case this Wednesday.  Additionally, Tuesday will be an early close.  

While there's a bit of econ data today and tomorrow, missing either of these days wouldn't be the end of the world for the average trader (or any other stakeholder in the rates market).  Holidays aside, July is prime-time vacation season for many Americans.  It's also a historically inconsequential month for bond markets (relative to other alternatives).  As such, it was no surprise to see noticeable uptick in out-of-office messages as early as last week.  

All of the above robs the following chart of some significance.  The overlaid lines trace the "head and shoulders" pattern that we discussed a few weeks ago.  This is just another pattern some traders see in much the same way some old dudes with telescopes thought random groups of stars looked like actual things.  In this case, the theory is that if yields break the flat trendline, it's a big, positive signal for rates moving lower.  On a more mathematical note, I also included the Relative Strength Index, which suggests bonds haven't rallied "too much" recently, and could indeed still have room to run (the lower purple line = "overbought" = "rallied too much" = more susceptible to a bounce).

2018-7-2 open

Coming back from the day off, we'll be moving right into the week's most important data, culminating in Friday's big jobs report.  Granted, it hasn't been the be all, end all market mover of the past, but it hasn't been altogether ignored.  Most importantly though, any BIG beat or miss will always be cause for volatility when it comes to NFP.


MBS Pricing Snapshot
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MBS
FNMA 4.0
101-30 : +0-01
Treasuries
10 YR
2.8510 : +0.0000
Pricing as of 7/2/18 10:02AMEST

Tomorrow's Economic Calendar
Time Event Period Forecast Prior
Monday, Jul 02
10:00 ISM Manufacturing PMI * Jun 58.4 58.7
10:00 ISM Mfg Prices Paid * Jun 77.0 79.5
10:00 Construction spending (%)* May 0.5 1.8
Tuesday, Jul 03
9:45 ISM-New York index * Jun 782.5
10:00 Factory orders mm (%) May 0.0 -0.8
Wednesday, Jul 04
0:00 Independence Day *
Thursday, Jul 05
7:00 Mortgage Market Index w/e 365.3
8:15 ADP National Employment (k)* Jun 189 178
8:30 Jobless Claims (k) w/e 225 227
8:30 Continued jobless claims (ml) w/e 1.720 1.705
10:00 ISM N-Mfg Bus Act * Jun 60.9 61.3
10:00 ISM N-Mfg PMI * Jun 58.3 58.6
Friday, Jul 06
8:30 Private Payrolls (k)* Jun 189 218
8:30 Non-farm payrolls (k)* Jun 195 223
8:30 Average workweek hrs (hr)* Jun 34.5 34.5
8:30 Unemployment rate mm (%)* Jun 3.8 3.8