Sideways Trend Looking Shifty

Using Treasury yields as a road map, the past week and a half has been excruciatingly sideways for the bond market.  Yields haven't been over 4.29 during domestic hours for more than a few minutes and never far under 4.21.  Of those two levels, it's the 4.29% "ceiling" that's seen more activity and today brought a breakout--albeit a modest one.  Yields were just under 4.32% at the 3pm close, but not for reasons that are inspiring or significant as far as the classic bond-watching playbook is concerned.  It's not that they don't matter, only that things like Japan's potential currency intervention and high Australian inflation are the smallest potatoes next to things like big ticket U.S. economic reports such as this Friday's PCE, or several of the key reports in the first 2 weeks of July.  A shift in trends in response to that data would be more of a concern.  This is just an unlucky break on a small scale for now.

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Market Movement Recap
10:08 AM

moderately weaker overnight with additional selling around 9:15am.  10yr up 4.7bps at 4.296 and MBS down an eighth.

01:03 PM

No major reaction to 5yr auction.  10yr currently up 6bps at 4.308.  MBS down 5 ticks (.16).

02:30 PM

gradual losses since 1:30pm.  Weakest levels now with MBS down 7 ticks (.22).  10yr up 6.6bps at 4.315

03:52 PM

Heading out near weakest levels with both MBS and Treasuries right in line with the last update.

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