Recent Winning Streak Breaks Down

Mortgage Application Activity Hits Summer Doldrums

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Bonds enjoyed a nice little winning streak beginning last Thursday.  As of yesterday, it had carried 10yr Treasury yields below the important 2.95% technical level.  From a technician’s point of view, this initiated a “test” of the pivot point.  And if pivot points aren’t your thing, we could just as easily say it initiated a test of the 21-day exponential moving average at the heard of the Bollinger Band study. 

Either way, today’s weakness means that those tests failed, or to adhere to the technical analyst’s lexicon, those tests were not ‘confirmed.”

What does this mean? 

Nothing too sinister.  For all we know, technical analysis could just be something we use to occupy our time when we can’t draw any more obvious conclusions between fundamental inputs and market movement.  That doesn’t mean nothing sinister is going on in general, though!  In the bigger picture, things have been generally more gloomy ever since we broke above the sideways range that dominated most of July.  And before that, most of the past 2 years had a decided sinister streak.

On the hopeful side, we could also be looking at complications from exceptionally light summertime volume and liquidity, compounded by apprehension over an active slate of bond issuance (both corporates and Treasuries).  That makes Thursday afternoon interesting as it would confirm or reject that apprehension idea.  In other words, if we’re really just seeing a byproduct of light volume and bond issuance, Thursday afternoon would be when traders get back in the market.

Before then, tomorrow’s 10yr Treasury auction will also offer a comment along the same lines.  If it’s much stronger than expected, we know traders were just apprehensive about this summertime trading week and that we shouldn’t necessarily be panicking just yet.  

MBS Pricing Snapshot

Pricing shown below is delayed, please note the timestamp at the bottom. Real time pricing is available via MBS Live.


FNMA 4.0

101-18 : -0-05


10 YR

2.9748 : +0.0368

Pricing as of 8/7/18 3:53PMEST

Today’s Reprice Alerts and Updates

2:08PM  :  ALERT ISSUED: Negative Reprice Risk Starting to Creep In

12:14PM  :  Corporate Bond Issuance Adding to Weakness

MBS Live Chat Highlights

John Tassios  :  “MG, how did the 3 yr auction turn out? Demand?”

Sung Kim  :  “sorry, cleaning up my resume for mortgage lenders of america”

Victor Burek  :  “sure hope sung comes back and lets us know”

Sung Kim  :  “denial is not a river in _______”

John Tassios  :  “Zillow Plunges After Revenue Forecast Misses”

Matthew Graham  :  “indeed. good observation”

Manny Gomes  :  “looks like we are failing the 2 day test of the 2.95 level”

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