Sector Update

April 15, 2019

Treasury yields were 5-7bps higher on maturities 2-years and longer last week. This marks the second week in a row that yields moved higher following a previous run of declines for four straight weeks. Until Friday morning, yields had traded in about a 4bps +/- range and were virtually even on the week. Early Friday though, China reported stronger-than-expected exports and credit growth and Treasury yields jumped. This week, in terms of economic data, all eyes are focused on the Thursday retail sales reports.


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Market Today | Weekly Recap | MBS Prepay Commentary (April) | SBA Prepay Commentary (April)


WSJ: U.S. Stocks Wobble on Mixed Earnings

“With earnings for S&P 500 companies widely expected to decline in the first quarter from the year-earlier period, analysts and investors said they would be trying to get a sense of whether growth is set to falter further or rebound in the following quarters.”


Bloomberg: Cash Out, or Go All In: When Stocks Are Up 16% and It’s Only April

“The options aren’t new — buy, sell or hold — but rarely has the risk of each been so starkly defined. With 71 sessions in the book, the S&P 500 is having its best start in two decades. Central banks are pushing stimulus, spurring comparisons to melt-up years like 1999.”

Sector Updates

Adjustable Rate Mortgage Market Update

Demand for new-issue hybrid ARMs slowed last week, which resulted in yield spreads to Treasuries widening 1 to 3 bps. The ARM origination cycle continued last week, with 157.9mm in new issue ARM selling split amongst Fannie Mae (71.3mm), Freddie Mac (6mm), and Ginnie Mae (80.6mm).

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Agency Market Update

Agency bullet spreads for 5-year maturities and longer tightened in versus Treasuries, while spreads on bullets with shorter maturities were mostly unchanged.  Callable agencies continued to move tighter versus Treasuries.

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Fixed Rate Mortgage Market Update

Yield spreads on current production MBS to Treasuries were mixed last week, with 15-year tightening 3 bps to 42 bps, while 30-year widened 5 bps to 71 bps.

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Municipal Market Update

For the week, municipal prices were mixed daily. New issue offerings are forecasted to be $3.6B for the holiday-shortened trading week.

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SBA Market Update

The April fixed-rate DCPC auction last week included 20 and 25yr maturities.  Issuance increased 34% MoM, while yield spreads versus Treasuries tightened 5 to 6bps.  SBA prepayment speeds for SBA 7(a) pools paid at faster speeds in April than in the prior month.

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CMO Market Update

CMO spreads to Treasurys tightened for the first time in almost two months. Granted, it was a modest tightening of one basis point, leaving spreads just below recent highs reached in late March.

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