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    Market Commentary: Week of October 23, 2023

    Last Week

    Another down week for the bond market. Additionally, after shrugging off mounting geopolitical risk as well as a bond market meltdown, equities joined the party last week in fretting about….geopolitical risk and a disorderly selloff in bonds! The Treasury yield curve continued to steepen, with 2s-10s less inverted by about 30 basis points on the week. At the beginning of September, 2s-10s stood at a negative 70 basis points. On Friday, we closed at negative 12 basis points. The 30-year bond broke through 5% for the first time since 2007 while the 10-year bumped right up against it. The main economic data release for the week was September Retail Sales, which showed continued robust consumer spending. Currently, real interest rates (TIPs) are now about 2.50%. While bond risk is skewed toward continued badness from a trading point of view, real yields above 2.50% should start to attract some real-money buying. We had a full calendar of Fed Speak and the prevailing message was a probable pause at the November FOMC meeting, but high(er) for longer. We got what I think was a short-covering, position squaring rally in Treasuries Friday, as the situation in Gaza continues to deteriorate.    

    • The S&P 500 dropped 2.38% for the week. The average daily move was 0.90%.
    • The NASDQ fell 3.16% for the week. The average daily move for the week was 1.11%. 
    • The 2-year Treasury yield rose 2 basis points, closing at 5.08% on Friday. On Tuesday the note hit a new year-over-year high of 5.22%. High year-over-year 5.22%, low yield 3.77%.
    • The 10-year Treasury yield jumped 31 basis points for the week, closing at 4.92% on Friday. On Thursday the note set a new year-over-year high of 4.99%. Year-over-year high yield 4.99%, low yield 3.31%.
    • The VIX Index rose 12.7%, closing at 21.71 on Friday. Year-over-year high 29.82 and low 12.82.
    • The MOVE Index increased 5.55% for the week, closing at 135.45 on Friday. Year-over-year high 198.71 and low 96.61.
    • 5-year Investment Grade Corporates (as measured by Markit CDX) spreads widened 4 basis points, closing at 81 basis points on Friday. High spread Year-over-year high 111 and low of 62.29.
    • 5-year High Yield corporate debt (as measured by Markit CDX) spreads increased 27 basis points, closing at 526 basis points on Friday. Year-over-year high 543, and low 408.
    • US Dollar Index declined 0.45% for the week, closing at 106.16 on Friday. Year-over-year high 114.11 and low 99.77.
    • WTI Crude rose 2% for the week, using the December WTI Futures contract, closing at 88.08 on Friday. Year-over-year high 93.68, and low 66.74.  
    • Gold, as measured by the December futures contract, advanced 2.73% for the week, closing at 1,994 on Friday. High price for the front contract year-over-year 2,056 and low 1,631.
    • Bitcoin sprung 9.73% higher for the week closing at 29,601 on Friday. High price year-over-year 31,386 and low 15,632.

    The Week Ahead  

    We come in this morning with Treasury yields higher as the 10-year note breached 5% overnight. Global equities are down about 0.5%. Unfortunately, this week seems to be lining up as more of the same. I would look at any rally in bonds as an exit opportunity, certainly from a trading perspective. I think there will be real money buying but not enough in my opinion to reverse course in rates. It is a pretty big week for economic data with the biggest being Thursday’s release of 3rd Quarter GDP. Economists estimate that the quarter-over-quarter increase will be 4.5%. That is a very strong number and anything above that will be a further problem for rates.



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