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US TSYS: Tsys initially drew support from the Chinese statement re: U.S.-China
trade talks, with mkts inferring that no major headway was made during the 3-day
sit-down & perhaps a dash of buy the rumour, sell the fact creeping in. The move
faded in the 2nd half of the Asia-Pac session. Bull steepening has been the
theme of the curve overnight, with U.S. equity index futures lower on the day.
Post-Fed mins curve steepening may have been helped by the use of the following
phrase in the release "several participants noted that a portfolio of holdings
weighted toward shorter maturities would provide greater flexibility to lengthen
maturity if warranted by an economic downturn." U.S. gov't shutdown continues
after U.S. Pres Trump stormed out of the latest cross-party leadership meeting.
- White and red Eurodollar contracts trade unch.-3.5 ticks higher, on decent
volume, back from highs. Early focus fell on buyers in EDU9. Options trades of
note: 2EH9 97.250/97.125 put spread paper paid 0-015 on 5750, EDZ9
96.875/96.750/96.625/96.500 Put Condor paper paid 0-01 on 5.0K.
- Fed Chair Powell headlines a smattering of Fedspeak Thursday.
- T-Notes last 121.30, U.S. 10-Year cash Tsy yields last 2.697%.