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US TSY SUMMARY: Extend Duration, Equities Falter
Monday was a choppy day all around -- rates and equities well bid on the open, the latter gapping lower ahead midday. No One Driver:
- Desks cited multiple headlines for rate bid that started well before NY open:
- German Navy sending ship to Japan (keep eye on activity in the South China Sea), pharmaceutical co Merck canceled their Covid vaccine efforts after poor results. Rates continued to extend duration while equities gapped lower, desks pointed to several headlines: Sen majority leader Schumer saying stimulus
- Rates continued to extend duration while equities gapped lower, desks pointed to several headlines: Sen majority leader Schumer saying stimulus effort to pass in next 4-6 weeks, Rep Sen Portman will not run for re-election (makes Trump imp conviction more likely ?), German Dax also hit as equities reversed gains, stops triggered.
- Heavy surge in volumes, TYH more than doubled in the first hour of trade. Large Blocks an hour later: 1021:04ET: 11,190 TUH 110-15.62 buy through 110-15.5 offer; 22,900 TYH 137-10.5 buy through 137-09 offer; 12,467 UXYH 154-13 buy through 154-11.5 offer. Bbg breakdown: 2s7s10s cash fly; DV01 $460k/$2M/$1.8M.
- Record $60B 2Y note auction stopped through: drew 0.125% (0.137% last month) vs. 0.127% WI, bid/cover 2.67 vs. 2.45 previous.
- The 2-Yr yield is down 0.2bps at 0.1189%, 5-Yr is down 2.4bps at 0.4071%, 10-Yr is down 4.9bps at 1.0363%, and 30-Yr is down 5bps at 1.7962%.
US TSY: Short Term Rates
US DOLLAR LIBOR: Latest settles:
- O/N -0.00162 at 0.08463% (-0.00038 net last wk)
- 1 Month +0.00275 to 0.12750% (-0.00475 net last wk)
- 3 Month -0.00237 to 0.21288% (-0.00813 net last wk)
- 6 Month -0.00300 to 0.23300% (-0.01213 net last wk)
- 1 Year +0.00000 to 0.31225% (-0.01038 net last wk)
- Daily Effective Fed Funds Rate: 0.08% volume: $70B
- Daily Overnight Bank Funding Rate: 0.08%, volume: $193B
- Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR): 0.05%, $906B
- Broad General Collateral Rate (BGCR): 0.04%, $360B
- Tri-Party General Collateral Rate (TGCR): 0.04%, $326B
- (rate, volume levels reflect prior session)
- Tsy 4.5Y-7Y, $6.001B accepted vs. $23.580B submission
- Next scheduled purchases:
- Tue 1/26 1010-1030ET: Tsy 20Y-30Y, appr $1.750B
- Thu 1/28 1010-1030ET: Tsy 20Y-30Y, appr $1.750B
- Fri 1/29 1010-1030ET: TIPS 7.5Y-30Y, appr $1.225B
- Fri 01/29 Next forward schedule release at 1500ET
EURODOLLAR/TREASURY OPTIONS: SummaryEurodollar Options:
- 16,650 Blue May 90/91/92/95 call condors
- +10,000 Blue Dec 85 puts, 7.0
- +5,000 Blue Sep 87/90 put spds 5.0 over 96 calls
- -1,500 Blue Mar 90/92 put spds 0.5 over Green Mar 95/97 strangles
- +3,000 Green Dec 91/96 put over risk reversals, 1.5
- Overnight trade
- +4,000 May/short May 98 call spds, 0.0
- +4,000 TYJ 135 puts 13 over 8,000 TYH 135.5puts
- +5,000 TYH 137.25 straddles, 56
- 2,800 USH 176 calls, 7
- +3,500 TYH 136.5 puts, 11-12
- +2,500 TYH 141.5 calls, 1
- -1,200 TYH 137.25 calls, 28
- +2,300 USH 166/167 put spds, 12
- Overnight trade
- Block, +10,000 TYJ 133.5/138 put over risk reversals, 4 vs. 5,000 FVH 125-27
- 2,500 TYJ 132/134 put spds
- +5,000 TYH 135/136.5 put spds vs. 137.5 calls, even net
- TYH 135/136/136.5 and 135.5/136/136.5 put trees, strike volumes:
- >12,500 TYH 136.5 puts, 15 last
- >6,800 TYH 136 puts, 10 last
- >8,900 TYH 135 puts, 3 last
EGBs-GILTS CASH CLOSE: Awaiting Conte
Bonds gained all afternoon with weaker equities. Interest in Italian politics grew after the cash close, with reports that PM Conte would resign Tuesday morning in a bid to gain a mandate from President Mattarella to form a new government with broader backing. Italian spreads dropped in the cash session, while BTP futures regained lost ground following the Conte headlines in the post-cash session. Closing levels:
- Germany: The 2-Yr yield is down 2bps at -0.727%, 5-Yr is down 2.8bps at -0.744%, 10-Yr is down 3.8bps at -0.55%, and 30-Yr is down 3.9bps at -0.136%.
- UK: The 2-Yr yield is down 0.8bps at -0.133%, 5-Yr is down 2.7bps at -0.062%, 10-Yr is down 4.6bps at 0.262%, and 30-Yr is down 5.8bps at 0.834%.
- Italian BTP spread down 3.5bps at 122.8bps
- Spanish bond spread down 1.2bps at 62.3bps
- Portuguese PGB spread down 1.1bps at 57.2bps
- Greek bond spread up 1.8bps at 123.4bps
FOREX: Single Currency Lags - IFO, Italy To Blame
Risk appetite took a considerable hit shortly after the Wall Street opening bell, with US futures shedding around 60 points inside 15 minutes. The sell-off translated to some support for JPY in currency markets, with the USD also faring well. Growth proxy currencies, however, saw no material downside, with the NZD actually the best performer across G10.
- A softer-than-expected IFO release and continued wrangling in Italian politics led the single currency lower from the off. EUR/USD was sold to lows of 1.2116 before the pair bounced, trimming the day's losses to around 30 pips by the London close.
- Focus Tuesday turns to UK jobs data for December and US consumer confidence numbers for January. Speeches are due from ECB's Centeno and de Cos. US earnings season continues with Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft and Verizon Communications all due to report.
FX OPTIONS: Expiries for Jan 26 NY Cut 1000ET (Source DTCC)
- EUR/USD: $1.2100(E707mln), $1.2230-50(E625mln)
- USD/JPY: Y105.00($510mln)
- USD/CNY: Cny6.4600($500mln)
- Larger Option Pipeline
- EUR/USD: Jan27 $1.2190-00(E1.4bln), $1.2250(E1.45bln); Jan29 $1.2050-70(E1.7bln)
- USD/CHF: Jan29 Chf0.8800($1.46bln-USD puts)
- AUD/USD: Jan27 $0.7500(A$1.2bln)
- USD/CNY: Jan27 Cny6.42($1.0bln); Jan29 Cny6.50($1.5bln)
- USD/MXN: Jan29 Mxn20.00($1.1bln)
PIPELINE: $11B 7-Eleven Multi Tranche Tues
- Date $MM Issuer (Priced *, Launch #)
- 01/25 $600M #United Airlines 5Y 4.875%
- 01/25 $550M *Woori Bank 5Y +45
- 01/25 $Benchmark Armenia investor call
- Potential multi trance jumbo for Tuesday:
- 01/26 $11B est 7-Eleven
- 01/25 Oesterreichische Kontrollbank (OKB) 5Y +8
EQUITIES: Stocks Suffer Mid-Day DipAfter a relatively smooth start for US equity markets, prices soon turned south following the open. The E-mini S&P slipped from around 3,850 to 3,790 within around 15 minutes, with volume surging sharply.
- No specific headline or news catalyst prompted the move, with a number of risk-negative stories piling up to weigh on stocks. Moderna finding evidence that their vaccine had a reduced impact on the South African variant of COVID-19 and Schumer delaying stimulus expectations by another 4-6 weeks all had their part to play, but the price action was more reminiscent of profit-taking and position squaring ahead of the FOMC and month-end later this week.
- Utilities and real estate were the top performers Monday, with energy and materials names on the back foot.
COMMODITIES: Early Commodity Gains Fade Into the Close
Having pulled lower into the close of last week, both WTI and Brent crude futures contracts traded positively Monday, although a large part of the day's gains were erased ahead of the close. Nonetheless, WTI has narrowed the gap with $53/bbl and last week's highs of $53.79.
- Precious metals markets traded flat, with early equity-inspired gains fading well ahead of the close. Spot gold remained inside the Friday range of $1837.5 - $1870.8.