It Would Take Some Convincing to Break The Range

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Remember the flat, boring range between 2.8 and 2.9?  Or perhaps you prefer the slightly stricter version between 2.82 and 2.88? That’s the range that dominated our conversation and bond trading beginning in late June.  The range went on vacation through early August, but has been back in town for more than 3 weeks now.  Any strength in bonds today would easily keep the range intact.

As the chart suggests, the bounce in longer-term momentum (slow stochastics) is bad news, but it requires some qualification.  While it’s true that bonds tend to have more red days than green days after such bounces, the first 3 days of this week count, and sometimes the bounces are shallow enough that we wouldn’t necessarily need to see too much more weakness before the next reversal in momentum. 

Beyond all that, the technical signals that pop up when bonds are in narrow, sideways ranges can be viewed as more of a byproduct of that range as opposed to clear harbingers of change.  The exception would be a technical indicator that’s based on a long enough time frame to be counting movement that occurred prior to the range.  None of the commonly-used parameters fit that bill.

As for threats to the sideways range, there was really only the PCE data out at 8:30am.  Bonds are still in the middle of reacting to it, but so far so good.

MBS Pricing Snapshot

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FNMA 4.0

101-25 : +0-02


10 YR

2.8695 : -0.0125

Pricing as of 8/30/18 8:49AMEST

Tomorrow’s Economic Calendar

Time Event Period Forecast Prior
Thursday, Aug 30
8:30 Consumer Spending (Consumption) (%) Jul 0.4 0.4
8:30 Personal Income (%)* Jul 0.3 0.4
8:30 Core PCE (y/y) (%)* Jul 2.0 1.9
8:30 Jobless Claims (k) w/e 214 210

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