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Daily Market Analysis April 24, 2023

April 24th, 2023 8:41 AM by Richard Sardella MLO.100007700/NMLS 233568

Daily Market Analysis

The 10 year note began today down 4 bps at 3.53% after testing its upside support at 3.60% on Friday (close 3.58%); MBS prices generally unchanged.

There are no economic reports today, no Fed speakers this week. The key data doesn’t hit until Friday when the March PCE inflation data is reported (the Fed’s favorite). The report comes three days prior to the FOMC meeting on May 3rd.

Bloomberg reporting this morning that highly leveraged hedge funds are betting on higher Treasury yields in a market that’s divided over whether the US economy can avoid recession and Federal Reserve interest-rate cuts. Next Wednesday the FOMC is expected to increase the FF rate by 25 bps then pause, possibly through the end of the year. The funds increased short positions to 1.29 million contracts as of April 18th (data from the CFTC). It was the fifth straight week that net shorts had increased. The swap markets continue to bet 100% that the Fed will increase next week. Then there is that constant other side, wagering on recession and the Fed back-peddling. Over the last six weeks the bellwether 10 year note has traded flat, in a 20 bp range from 3.405 to 3.60%. The 10-year Treasury yield has advanced six basis points this month to 3.53%, unwinding some of March’s 45-basis-point drop.

At 9:30 am the DJIA opened +7, NASDAQ -17, S&P unchanged. The 10 year note -4 bps to 3.54% after increasing 4 bps last Friday. FNMA 6.0 30 year coupon +2 bps and -7 bp from 9:30 am Friday.

The US dollar is losing its strength on bets the Fed will launch into an easing cycle later this year. Investors may swing to the Yuan and yen as currencies rotate. Just a thought, but if the dollar weakens as increasing beliefs suggest gold will climb.

Nothing has changed, it’s a coin flip in markets whether the Fed will keep going, pause, or quit. It is as certain as can be with the Fed, a 25 bp increase next week. The key next week is the policy statement and Powell’s press conference. There are some interesting data points this week and Treasury will auction 2s, 5s, and 7s; the key data isn’t until Friday however. Earnings season continues to dominate near term equity markets.

PRICES @ 10:00 AM

10 year note: 3.53% -5 bp

5 year note: 3.62% -5 bp

2 year note: 4.14% -3 bp

30 year bond: 3.74% -4 bp

Libor Rates: 1 month 5.020%; 3 month 5.255%; 6 month 5.435%; 1 year 5.409% (4/21/23)

30 year FNMA 6.0: @9:30 am 101.73 +2 bp (-7 bp from 9:30 am Friday)

30 year FNMA 5.5: @9:30 am 100.64 +5 bp (-6 bp from 9:30 am Friday)

30 year GNMA 5.5: @9:30 am 100.59 +4 bp (-8 bp from 9:30 am Friday)

Dollar/Yuan: $6.8942 +$0.0006

Dollar/Yen: 134.64 +0.51 yen

Dollar/Euro: $1.1021 +$0.0030

Dollar Index: 101.60 -0.22

Gold: $1988.50 -$2.00

Bitcoin: 27,690 +181

Crude Oil: $77.46 -$0.41

DJIA: 33,827 +14

NASDAQ: 12,062 -9

S&P 500: 4137 +4

About Richard Sardella

Richard Sardella has been actively managing and providing services in the mortgage industry for over 30 years. Richard serves on the board of directors as President of Colorado Home Mortgages Inc.

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Posted by Richard Sardella MLO.100007700/NMLS 233568 on April 24th, 2023 8:41 AM



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