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What Recession?


Rates trading weaker after the bell, just off midday session lows after FI markets gapped lower on stronger than expected jobs gains for July: +528k vs. +250k est, unemployment rate dropped a tenth to 3.5% after flattening out at 3.6% for six months. Average hourly earnings rose 0.5%, a tenth faster than in June. Better than expected data spurred heavy selling across the board but particularly in shorts to intermediates as yield curves extend inversion to new 22 year lows (2s10s -44.034).

  • Heavy short end selling included 5Y Blocks as strong data spurs recession position unwinds as payrolls close gap with pre-pandemic levels, 75bp rate hike in September getting priced in again.
  • Some faded the deep curve inversions w/ Block buying over 15,000 TUU2, 2s10s currently -5.686 at -41.947. Currently, 2-Yr yield is up 20.2bps at 3.2442%, 5-Yr is up 17.9bps at 2.9709%, 10-Yr is up 14.8bps at 2.836%, and 30-Yr is up 9.9bps at 3.0638%.
  • Cross asset update: Stocks marginally lower/off lows (SPX eminis -15.0 at 4137.25 vs. 4104.25 low); Spot Gold weaker -16.10 at 1775.18; Crude weaker (WTI -0.39 at 88.15).
  • Data: Slow start to next week, nothing scheduled for Monday except US Tsy bill auctions ($54B 13W, $42B 26W). Tuesday picks up with Nonfarm Productivity (-4.6% est) and Unit Labor Costs (9.8% est), US Tsy $34B 52W bill and $42B 3Y Note auctions.

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