Morning Report – Bonds rally on the FOMC minutes 10/9/14

Stocks are lower after on overseas weakness. Bonds and MBS continue their post-FOMC minutes rally.

The 10 year traded below 2.28% earlier this morning as the market continues to digest the more dovish than expected FOMC minutes. The Fed is becoming concerned about global growth, and that could push them to keep rates low for longer. The minutes weren’t incredibly different from what the Fed has been saying all along, but combined with the weakness out of Europe and the strong dollar, was enough to push rates lower. Note the Bankrate 30 year fixed rate mortgage is flirting with a 3 handle. If this continues, we might see another refi wave, although prepayment burnout is probably the dominating factor at this point.

The thing to keep in mind is that US treasuries cannot be oblivious to what is happening in global bond markets, and global bond markets are rallying on international economic weakness. The German Bund hit an intraday low of 85.6 basis points this morning. In fact, remember the PIIGS (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain)? Only Portuguese and Spanish bonds yield more than the 10 year.

Alcoa kicked off earnings season last night with better than expected profits based on increased demand from autos and airplanes. Pepsico also reported good numbers based on its ability to push through price increases. Both of these reports should be bond bearish, not bullish, but here we are.

Initial Jobless Claims came in at 287k, the 4th consecutive week below 300k. People who have been out of work for a while may be struggling to find jobs, but those with jobs are keeping them.

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  2. What’s the case for bombing ISIS? I honestly can’t figure out why we should intervene.

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  3. Stated case is humanitarian disaster & safe haven for terrorists.

    Real reason is probably the potential oil disruption given that IS proved to be more formidable than first thought and the Iraqi army’s collapse in the face of them.

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  4. I think crude’s below $90 a barrel so the market isn’t particularly worried. Further, is there any doubt ISID wants the money from oil sales? Or that companies won’t contract with them to help drill/pump/ship it? Who actually believes that?

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  5. I really have not followed it too closely, but the next phase seems to be retraining an army. why this one won’t fold escapes me.

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