Sector Update

August 28, 2017



Yields and spreads finished very close to where they started last week. This means for the second week in a row comments about curve shape and changes in relative value get eclipsed by discussions about how minimal changes in market levels were. A 3bp decline in twenty-year Treasury yields and a 2bp increase in two-year Treasury yields resulted in a small amount of curve flattening worth mentioning mostly because it represents a continuation of an ongoing trend. And while the ten-year Treasury yield was only 2bp lower than the prior Friday, at 2.17% it finished trading at the lowest daily close since June 26th.

While yields in most sectors moved in close fashion to Treasuries last week, a tendency toward slighter tighter spreads displayed itself. A 2bp contraction in Treasury/swap spreads for two- through five-year maturities was reflected by a similar tightening across the short end of the corporate sector. Shorter-duration mortgage related securities also pushed slightly tighter, while 30yr MBS and most other longer mortgage products held steady.

More bid lists surfaced last week than the week prior, and it seemed the extended period of stable prices enabled some portfolio restructuring to occur more easily than usual as market levels changed minimally between analysis and execution in most cases. Heavy redemptions also resulted in portfolio activity, and more trades occurred last week than would be suggested by the near stagnant yield and spread levels.

On Friday, the five-year Treasury closed at 1.76%, 11bp below the daily closing average year-to-date and 3bp above the average for the last year of trading. The ten-year Treasury landed at 2.17%, 16p below the year-to-date average for the daily closing yield and 4bp above the average daily close for the last year.

 






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