Treasury trade has finally moved from lethargic to exciting. After weeks of consolidation, a break out was well overdue and the move didn’t disappoint…except for those on the wrong side of the move.
The initial move upward was triggered by a humble beginning to the equities earnings season and concern over higher Chinese interest rates. Tighter credit in China put pressure on stocks and commodities as well as lured safety bids into bonds and notes.
The higher dollar seems to be a positive for U.S. fixed income products as well. Stability in the domestic currency should help to keep foreign investors holding onto Treasuries. While too much of a good thing could work against Treasuries, the dollar is still relatively cheap and the currency conversion shouldn’t deter fresh longs in bonds and notes.
A solid note auction was just want the complex needed to start the short squeeze. $40 billion in 3 year notes went off at 1.49% and a bid to cover of 2.98 while $26 billion of the 1-years drew .335% and a bid to cover of 3.63. Investors seem to be willing to pay up for short maturities; likely out of fear of higher long-term rates and a questionable recovery. Don’t forget, for those that can hold to maturity risk in fixed income is mild, for those that might be looking for liquidity (the ability to trade in and out throughout the bond life) are facing considerably higher risks.
We have been looking for this rally for quite some time, and true to form the market finally made its moved once most had given up on the idea. It seems likely that a majority of today’s buying was at the hands of buy stop running and panicked shorts. Therefore, a moderate pullback might be seen in tomorrow’s session; however we feel as though the long bond will soon see the mid-118′s. New support is 116’08.
If you are trading the 10-year note, look for support at 116’10 with a target near 117’25ish.
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