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    Market Commentary: Week of June 10, 2024

    Interest rates rode a roller-coaster-like path last week as falling yields during the first half of the week were countered by a sharp sell-off following the much stronger than expected NFP report on Friday. Weaker data released Monday through Wednesday (ISM Manufacturing, ISM Prices Paid, and JOLTS) led investors to bid up Treasuries as investors prematurely pulled forward a potential rate cut by the Fed prior to Friday's Payroll data release. Notably, a few economists who predicted a July cut quickly pushed their expectations out to September shortly after Friday’s 8:30 AM data release.

    From a technical standpoint, Treasuries are back in a trading range with 10-year notes at 4.42%, having supported the 4.30% low in April (pink line). This price action again puts rates closer to the magnetic-like pull around the 4.50% level, above the 200-day moving average (4.35%, yellow line), and barely within the prior trading channel. The question for participants now is whether the channel has been reset lower (red lines) given last week’s price action or does Friday’s pullback represent more than a dead-cat bounce in rates? With lower highs from the late April peak (blue line), yields near the 4.60% level should be closely watched and may present a buying opportunity should they be revisited.

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    The Fed meeting next Wednesday should provide more insight regarding their policy stance. Recent talking points have painted a relatively dovish picture despite the ongoing “higher-for-longer” rhetoric Chair Powell has consistently posited. The Fed has been very cautious and consistently cited concerns about cutting “too soon,” which they fear could be more damaging to the economy in the long run. Furthermore, earlier in the day, CPI will be closely watched for clues to hint at stability regarding the path for inflation, which has demonstrated a relatively slow disinflationary path for much of 2024.

    Despite the enormous supply last week, municipal yields rallied in line with Treasuries through the beginning of the week. Deals were well subscribed, and secondary activity was robust as dealers looked to add balance sheets as falling rates created a bit of a grab for paper during the early part of the week. This week brings a much lighter new issue calendar with only $5.7 billion slated for pricing. I continue to believe that municipal investors should be thoughtful about buying dips in prices. Furthermore, until supply materially decreases (not expected until closer to the election), investors will have opportunities to lock in higher rates and should take advantage of them when presented. Ultimately, at some point, rates are expected to head lower, but the timing of the sustained move continues to be in question.

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    Christopher Brigati

    Prior to joining SWBC, Brigati was Senior Vice President, Managing Director of Municipal Investments at Valley National Bank. With over 25 years of experience primarily in the municipal market, he is a recognized thought leader in the fixed-income markets and is a regular contributor with appearances on Bloomberg Television and Radio. He has authored numerous economic commentaries and his insights have been featured in leading financial media publications, including The Bond Buyer, The Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg. Brigati has also been an active participant with the Bond Dealers of America (BDA) trade association, advocating regulators and legislators on Capitol Hill on behalf of the broker-dealer community. Before joining Valley National Bank, he served as Managing Director and Head of Municipal Trading at Advisors Asset Management, Inc. (AAM). Before that, he had a long career at Morgan Stanley where he served as Managing Director and Head of Wealth Management Municipal Trading for eight years. Brigati holds a bachelor’s degree from The State University of New York at Albany School of Business. He is registered for Series 3, 4, 7, 24, 53, and 63.

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