I could go on and on about why it makes so very little sense for today to be a business day and for Thursday to be the official Thanksgiving holiday.  To add insult to injury, the powers that be in the bond world have decided today should be a half day.  Would it not make more sense to reassign Thanksgiving Day to the 4th Friday of the month and then create a another holiday for Thursday?  We could call it "Meal Prep Day" or "What Do You Mean You Only Have Frozen Turkeys Day?"

With the above proposed changes, we could have the half day on Thursday and then a full day on Friday.  Same amount of closed time, but much less angst.  Let's get a petition started!

But I digress.  Today is indeed a market day, sort of... It tends to be one of the most random market days of the year.  Volume and liquidity are so low that we shouldn't read anything into any perceived momentum.  Many times in the past, bonds have done something new and different on this Friday only to quickly undo it on Monday morning.  That's at moot point though, because on those occasions where bonds are rallying nicely on a Thanksgiving Friday, we don't tend to see lenders pricing accordingly.  

In the bigger picture, we'd need to see a move below 3.015% in 10yr yields to consider a technical shift (a bond-friendly inflection point leading us back below 3%), but again, please keep in mind that no such conclusion could be drawn today, even if yields do manage to make it that much lower.

2018-11-23 open

Markets close at 2pm ET this afternoon, but any traders in the office are typically done by the time they take lunch, if not before.


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MBS
FNMA 4.0
100-07 : +0-02
Treasuries
10 YR
3.0410 : -0.0200
Pricing as of 11/23/18 9:10AMEST