Commentary prepared by Alloya Investment Services, a division of the wholly owned CUSO of Alloya Corporate Federal Credit Union. Alloya Investment Services is a leading broker/dealer consultant to credit unions.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 8:00 am ET
Commentary prepared by Tom Slefinger, SVP, Director of Institutional Fixed Income Sales, Registered Representative of ISI*, Alloya Investment Services
Other Market Indicators
|2s/5s Tsy Spread||0.23||0.00|
|2s/10s Tsy Spread||0.71||-0.01|
|2s/30s Tsy Spread||1.43||-0.01|
Recap – With the election in the rearview mirror and a vaccine on the horizon, animal spirits are running crazy high. On the day, the three major indices racked up gains of over 1.50%. Notably, the Dow Jones breached the 30,000 milestone. President Trump called it a “sacred number”. Year-to-date, the Dow is higher by 5.28% and the S&P is up 12.52%, while the tech-laden NASDAQ has risen 34.15%. From my lens, we do have a market on our hands that looks egregiously overpriced, overbought and overextended.
In the commodity space, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) continues to rally and is now trading at $45.31 per barrel, the highest level since early March. Elsewhere, bond markets continue to trade defensively with the 10-year Treasury yield continuing to drift higher, closing the session at 0.881%. Yet one has to be impressed with how well the Treasury market has hung in during this intense risk-on trade in equities, credit and commodities. The yield on the 10-year Treasury, at 0.88%, is still well within the range of the nearby low of 0.54% and high of 1.18%.
The pandemic continues to run almost uncontrolled across the U.S. Texas reported a record number of cases yesterday, while California's top health official warned that daily deaths from the virus could hit a new high by Christmas. In Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is proposing further tightening of the country's restrictions, while French President Emmanuel Macron said he will gradually lift a nationwide lockdown from Saturday.
On the docket today, it’s a jam-packed day for economic data. We have initial jobless claims, which are expected to come in at 730,000, slightly lower than last week, with continuing claims dropping to 6 million. In addition, the second reading of Quarter 3 GDP and durable goods orders are also due. Personal income and spending data, new home sales, and core Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) are at 10:00 am ET. At 2:00 pm ET, the minutes from the November 5 Federal Reserve meeting are published.
In advance of Turkey Day, global equity markets are taking a breather as investors wait for a raft of economic news. Overnight, the MSCI Asia Pacific Index was broadly unchanged, while Japan's Topix Index closed 0.2% higher. In Europe, the Stoxx 600 index was modestly in the red, whereas S&P 500 futures pointed to a small decline at the open. In bond land, markets are relatively quiet with a modest bid. Currently, the 10-year Treasury yield is 0.875% and the long bond is 1.602%. On the front end of the curve, twos and fives are yielding 0.155% and 0.389% respectively.
As I count my blessings and give thanks for all that my family has, please remember how hard these times are for our neighbors. Wishing all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
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Future Fed Expectations
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|Probability of Fed Funds rate CUT on December 16, 2020||4%
|Probability of Fed Funds rate CUT on January 27, 2021||0%|
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