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Market update

US tsys opening lower, steeper, US 10Y 1.70 (+4bps) after Jan Retail Sales came in above exp, import prices fell less than exp. European equities higher, crude  up 5% above $27.50. Tsys pressured overnite with only a brief bounce on Nikkei decline (-5%), yet European stocks are higher led by financials as Commerzbank rose 15% on Q4 earnings beat, Deutsche Bank announcing plans to buy back $5.4bln in bonds. Core Euro bonds lower on bounce in stocks, with Euro & German GDP coming in as expected. Peripheral spreads tighter, Portugal 10Y -15bps below 4% despite weaker Q4 GDP. With momentum indicators on longs USTs way above overbought levels (daily RSI on US1 ~82, Pandemonium Index sentiment highest since Apr 2015) we have been looking for opportunities to go short but have been stymied by intraday volatility. In Canada, GOCs are lower, spds ~2bps wider vs tsys which would normally be considered unusual as GOCs tend to lag tsys either way in large moves… But considering at one point yest the 10Y Cda/Tsy spd was ~8bps tighter in the rally (-68 bps thru), 10s look vulnerable here. Provi spds opening better bid after another wild day yest which saw spds close ~2bps tighter after opening 3bps wider.

News headlines


Overnight markets 

  • Overview: US 10yr note futures are down -0.36% at 131-18, S&P 500 futures are up 1.11% at 1844.75, Crude oil futures are up 6.26% at $27.85, Gold futures are down -0.99% at $1235.4, DXY is up0.5% at 96.036.

US Economic Data 

  • The Import Price Index MoM number came in at a level -1.1%, better than expected and up 0.1 % from last month
  • The Retail Sales Advance MoM growth was 0.1%, beating the analysts estimate by 0.1%, up 0.3% from prior month
  • The Retail Sales Auto MoM growth was 0.1%, better than expected and up 0.2% from the previous month
  • The Retail Sales Ex Auto and Gas growth was 0.4%, beating the analysts estimate by 0.1%, up 0.1% from the previous month
  • The University of Michigan Sentiment index will be released at 10:00 AM

Canadian Economic Data 

  • There is no major economic data release for today



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Ivan Greenstein, Stephan Buu, David Leclair-Legault

Institutional Bond and Equity Desk
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