Fed Chair Powell will deliver round 2 of his congressional testimony today, this time at the House FSOC (yesterday was with the Senate Banking Committee).  There's no reason to expect today's House session to be any more of a market mover than yesterday's Senate version.  In fact, the 2nd day of testimony almost always tends to be ignored relative to the 1st day, though there are a few exceptions.  

Perhaps more interesting for bonds right now is the fact that momentum is at risk of shifting negatively in the event of any additional weakness.  As seen in the following chart, yields have backed up to their middle bollinger band (a technical study with a 21-day moving average as the middle line with outer lines that are 2 standard deviations higher and lower).  Breaking above the middle line is a negative technical cue, all other things being equal, but the 2.885% ceiling is just as important.

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To a greater extent than normal, we're keeping an eye out for any strong suggestions from stocks.  As the lower section of the following chart shows, bonds have done a good job resisting a move higher in stocks so far in July.  But as the upper section shows, correlation is running fairly high at times.  It wouldn't take much of a push to sour the technicals for bonds, so it makes sense to stay alert to the possibility (even though early July shows the correlation can break down abruptly).

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MBS Pricing Snapshot
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MBS
FNMA 4.0
101-31 : +0-01
Treasuries
10 YR
2.8582 : -0.0038
Pricing as of 7/18/18 9:43AMEST

Tomorrow's Economic Calendar
Time Event Period Forecast Prior
Wednesday, Jul 18
7:00 MBA Purchase Index w/e 261.5
7:00 Mortgage Refinance Index w/e 958.5
8:30 Building permits: number (ml)* Jun 1.330 1.301
8:30 House starts mm: change (%) Jun 5.0
8:30 Build permits: change mm (%)* Jun -4.6
8:30 Housing starts number mm (ml)* Jun 1.320 1.350