MBS Week Ahead: Limited Data, Bond Auctions, and More Indecision

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Posted To: MBS Commentary

The basic candlestick or bar chart that the average bond analyst uses to track 10yr Treasury yields is doing a good job of capturing the current opposing forces in rates. On the one hand , the combination of economic data, NAFTA 2.0, and Fed comments (among other things) makes a logical case for higher rates. This is easily seen as the pervasive series of "higher lows" over the past 2 months. On the other hand , doubts about the sustainability of lofty economic numbers and doubts about the market's ability to thrive with 10yr yields over 3.25% make a case for support. This can be seen in the less-developed series of "lower highs" leading back from the long-term high 2 weeks ago. The result is the typical triangle–a consolidation pattern where the higher lows and lower…(read more)

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