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US TSY SUMMARY: Bear Steepening Following European Risk-On

USTs have sold off and the curve has bear steepened heading into the long weekend and followed through from the risk-on theme that materialised during the European session.

  • UST cash yields are 1-5bp higher on the day with the curve 4bp steeper. Last yields: 2-year -0.7133%, 5-year -0.6854%, 10-year -0.4290%, 30-year 0.0764%.
  • TYH1 trades at 136-17, marking the low of the day.
  • SPX has traded sideways for most of the session while still eking out gains on the day.
  • The FDA agreed that Modern can increase the dosage of the coronavirus vaccine in each bottle, which could help drive up supplies of vaccines.
  • The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment index for February came in below expectations at 76.2 vs 80.9 survey.
  • Donald Trump's defense team has finished making arguments in the Senate impeachment trial.

US TSY: Short Term Rates

US DOLLAR LIBOR: Latest settles:

  • O/N -0.00012 at 0.07963% (-0.00225/wk)
  • 1 Month -0.00487 to 0.10738% (-0.01150/wk)
  • 3 Month -0.00388 to 0.19375% (+0.00287/wk) ** Record Low on 2/05/21: 0.19088%
  • 6 Month -0.00763 to 0.20075% (-0.00625/wk)
  • 1 Year -0.00388 to 0.29975% (-0.00438/wk)
STIR: FRBNY EFFR for prior session:
  • Daily Effective Fed Funds Rate: 0.08% volume: $67B
  • Daily Overnight Bank Funding Rate: 0.07%, volume: $206B
US TSYS: Repo Reference Rates
  • Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR): 0.06%, $891B
  • Broad General Collateral Rate (BGCR): 0.04%, $362B
  • Tri-Party General Collateral Rate (TGCR): 0.04%, $332B
  • (rate, volume levels reflect prior session)
FED: NY Fed Operational Purchase
  • Tsy 0Y-2.25Y, $12.801B accepted vs. $49.153B submission
  • Next scheduled purchases:
  • Tue 2/16 1010-1030ET: Tsy 20Y-30Y, appr $1.750B
  • Wed 2/17 1010-1030ET: TIPS 7.5Y-30Y, appr $1.225B
  • Thu 2/18 1010-1030ET: Tsy 4.5Y-7Y, appr $6.025B
  • Fri 2/19 1010-1030ET: Tsy 2.25Y-4.5Y, appr $8.825B

EGBs: Bear steepening drives EGB

Bear steepeners have taken center stage this afternoon.

  • Big bear steepening across the board, after the last few days flattening was mostly seen as more corrective, especially in the outright trade higher in Bunds.
  • Some position squaring ahead of a longer weekend for the US, with Holiday on Monday.
  • German 5/30s test highest levels since June 2020,
  • UK 5/30s highest since December 2018.
  • Peripheral spread are generally tighter, with Greece leading at 3.5bps.
  • Looking ahead, after market, Moody on Ireland and DBRS on Belgium.

FOREX: Dollar Weakens on Late Risk-On Wave

The greenback started the Friday session stronger, gaining against most others in G10. This effect faded sharply into the US close, however, as a wave of risk-on buoyed equities, with the E-mini S&P bouncing around 20 points just after the London close.

  • Separately, GBP traded well despite a mixed start, with EUR/GBP once again testing the year's lows of 0.8739. A break through here would mark new multi-month lows for the cross.
  • Scandi currencies were the best performer Friday, with NOK reversing early weakness to finish stronger on a decent snapback and resumption of the uptrend for Brent crude futures.
  • The coming week should get off to a slow start, with US President's Day keeping US assets closed on Monday. Across the week, data releases pick up, with Eurozone GDP, Germany's ZEW survey, UK inflation and US retail sales all due. Global prelim PMI data for February also crosses.

FX OPTIONS: Expiries for Feb15 NY cut 1000ET (Source DTCC)

  • EUR/USD: $1.2045-55(E528mln), $1.2300(E931mln)
  • EUR/GBP: Gbp0.8725(E520mln), Gbp0.8800-10(E1.0bln-EUR puts)
  • AUD/USD: $0.7730(A$648mln), $0.7850(A$609mln)

EQUITIES: Stocks Solid into the Close After Shaky Start

After a shaky start to the Friday session, a short, sharp bout of risk-on boosted equities well out of negative territory ahead of the close, with US indices leading. The e-mini S&P rallied 20 points or so after the London close, challenging 3920.50 - a break through which would open the all time highs of 3928.50.

  • Energy and materials outperformed, benefiting from the bounceback in crude oil prices, while utilities and real estate traded softest. Across Europe, UK stocks outperformed, with the FTSE-100 top of the pile while German, Spanish stocks lagged.

COMMODITIES: Crude Reverses Early Weakness, Resumes Bulltrend

The recent rally in oil prices appeared to stall late Thursday/early Friday, with Brent and WTI crude futures headed into the US session in negative territory. A short, sharp bout of risk-on reversed this price action, with both Brent and WTI hitting new cycle highs ahead of the NYMEX close. This resumes the uptrend for oil prices, narrowing the gap with next resistance at the psychological $60/bbl handle.

  • Gold and silver got a firm tailwind on dollar weakness ahead of the US close, with silver spiking to session highs of $27.44. This helped spot gold chew through the day's losses to hit daily highs of $1830.79. MNI Tech flags resistance at the 50-day EMA of $1856.2
MNI Chicago Bureau | +1 312-431-0089 | bill.sokolis@marketnews.com