Bonds Cheer ECB’s Mic Drop

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Today’s domestic session begins with a positive reaction to the European Central Bank (ECB) announcement.  The ECB broke from tradition by dropping their bigger bombs at the 7:45am announcement as opposed to Draghi’s 8:30am press conference.  They also arguably dropped the proverbial mic in a way we haven’t often seen by making definitive statements about bond buying and rates well in advance of any changes.

Specifically, the ECB will taper its bond buying purchases by 50% in Oct-Dec, and then be done buying new bonds.  They’ll still be reinvesting proceeds until further notice and they won’t be considering a rate hike until the summer of 2019.  

At first glance, the tapering announcement seems like a problem for bond markets.  In fact, it did cause a bit of initial weakness, but I think the only risk of sustained weakness would have been an announcement that they were quitting cold turkey in September.  The pledge to leave rates intact through next summer was icing on the cake and bonds are beginning the day with a “sigh of relief” rally.

As the top portion of the chart suggests, the biggest impacts are in European bond markets.  The lower pane of the chart just includes US 10yr candlesticks, with the point being that we’ve erased most of this week’s losses and are attempting to reinforce a ceiling just under 3%.  That’s just a “hope” or a “possibility” for now.  We’ll need to break below 2.91% before getting more optimistic, but all things considered, this is much better shape than we might have been in this Thursday morning, given the wide range of potential actions by central banks and reactions by markets.


MBS Pricing Snapshot

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MBS

FNMA 4.0

101-20 : +0-06

Treasuries

10 YR

2.9315 : -0.0475

Pricing as of 6/14/18 8:58AMEST

Tomorrow’s Economic Calendar

Time Event Period Forecast Prior
Thursday, Jun 14
8:30 Retail Sales (%)* May 0.4 0.3
8:30 Export prices mm (%)* May 0.3 0.6
8:30 Import prices mm (%)* May 0.5 0.3
8:30 Jobless Claims (k) w/e 224 222
10:00 Business Inventories (% ) Apr 0.3 0.0



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