China Tariff News May Not Be Enough For Bonds


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Although preliminary news was out yesterday about China potentially announcing retaliatory tariffs on the US, that announcement was officially made overnight.  Actually, it was a borderline-comical catalog of announcements that ended including just about every US-to-China export that you might be able to imagine.  It was the “catalog” part that was comical, because the laundry list wasn’t released in one tidy document, but rather in a drawn-out series of mini-announcements on China’s state-run TV outlet.

The effects of the announcements are seen in the nose-dive in stocks heading into the 4am hour (blue line in the chart below).  As has been the case for bonds, of late, the stock weakness helped motivate some safe-haven buying demand, but it wasn’t enough to get 10yr yields below their recently-problematic technical floor around 2.74%.  As such, we begin the domestic session with 2.74% below and 2.79% above, marking the new, short-term range.  Finding a reason to break below could be challenging without a much bigger stock sell-off.  And breaking back above would basically restore the predominant range from March.

The day’s only big-ticket economic data hits at 10am in the form of ISM Non-Manufacturing.  Given the fact that trade wars and stock volatility has been bonds’ preferred guidance giver, it could be a tall order for regular old economic data to move the needle enough to challenge a range boundary.  While the ISM reports are some of the biggest potential market movers apart from CPI and NFP, Monday’s reaction to the ISM manufacturing numbers suggests their typical level of relevance could be subdued this week.  

MBS Pricing Snapshot

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FNMA 3.5

100-04 : +0-02


10 YR

2.7680 : -0.0150

Pricing as of 4/4/18 9:55AMEST

Tomorrow’s Economic Calendar

Time Event Period Forecast Prior
Wednesday, Apr 04
7:00 MBA Purchase Index w/e 257.6
7:00 Mortgage Refinance Index w/e 1188.5
8:15 ADP National Employment (k)* Mar 205 235
10:00 ISM N-Mfg Bus Act * Mar 62.3 62.8
10:00 ISM N-Mfg PMI * Mar 59.0 59.5
10:00 Factory orders mm (%) Feb 1.7 -1.4

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