Markets & Finance

Bonds Mixed


INFORMA: Treasuries lacked direction sitting in a tight range on Monday. Treasuries moved south on hawkish Fedspeak in the afternoon. Prices opened firmer, but two-way option trades were among the largest, though it gave no market direction. Retail flows were light, with buyers of threes, and sellers of twos. Hedge Funds and speculators added to more flattening trades, but the impact on the slope of the curve was limited. The uptick in Wholesale inventories flipped prices into negative territory. The big news was the Treasury's announcement of $15 billion new 5-years, and $10 billion in new TIPS. Prices reversed again into positive territory by noon following the sharp surge in oil after Saudi Arabia said it cut supply to major oil companies. In the afternoon, Atlanta Fed Governor Jack Guynn said he was comfortable with the consensus forecast on annualized GDP growth, according to S&P Marketscope. He does not see an imminent pick-up in inflation and voiced concerned over deficits.


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