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Market Roundup: Dec 75Bp Hike Pricing Fades, Risk-On Cues


Tsys trade mixed after the close, yield curves broadly steeper as 2s through 10s finished broadly higher vs. continued weakness in long end 30Y bonds Friday.
Just minutes after yield hit new cycle highs (10YY 4.3354%) - yields reversed course (10YY 4.2188%) as short end surged following tweet from WSJ's Nick Timiaros:

  • Some officials are more eager to calibrate their rate setting to reduce the risk of overtightening. But they won’t want to dramatically loosen financial conditions if and when they hike by 50 bps (instead of 75). This meeting could allow officials to get aligned on next steps."
  • Some fast$/prop accts attempted to fade the move prior to a Large 2s30s steepener Block at 0935:14ET:(+11,470 TUZ2 102-62, through 102-01.75 post-time offer vs. -3,000 USZ2 118-19, through 118-22 post-time bid).
  • Risk-on tail wind after San Francisco Federal Reserve President Mary Daly said Friday the FOMC needs to start considering a slowing the pace of interest rate hikes in order to avoid tightening monetary policy too much, adding the benchmark lending rate could reach 4.5% to 5% next year.
  • “We don’t just keep going up in 75 basis point increments, we do a stepdown," she said. “That doesn’t mean step down as in pause and don’t raise, it means step down to increments that are easier to manage, 50, 25, where you’re still moving up but you’re doing it in a way that is not so aggressive.”
  • After the bell, 2s10s curve was +12.828 at -25.775 vs. -38.595 inverted low.

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