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Today's Coupons
  10-Year Notes   94-30 (-17)  
  FN 2.5% Coupon   102-18.5 (-07)  
  Support   1.275%  
  Resistance   0.889%  
  Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Treasury Yields Rise Ahead of FOMC Results

Market opened today's session with treasuries lower across all maturities. 10-Year Treasury yield is at 1.6585, 4.06 bps increased from prior closing of 1.6179.

US stocks opened lower this morning as Treasury yields pushed towards a one-year high. Early morning movers include fuel-cell maker Plug Power Inc., which saw shares lower after disclosing an accounting error that affected reported results for the years of 2018, '19, and '20. All eyes will be on the Fed later today, with FOMC results to be released, from which market participants are expecting no significant change to the Fed Funds rate. Elsewhere, Bitcoin hovered around $55,000, all the while Gold slightly lowered by 0.2% to $1,728.59 an ounce. WTI crude noted a 0.8% decline following a statement by the International Energy Agency, indicating there was plenty of supply to meet current and future oil demand. On the economic front, MBA Mortgage Applications lowered by 2.20% for the week ending March 12. Notably, purchases saw an increase of 1.80%, following an increase of 7.20% a week prior, meanwhile refis continued their downward trend, falling by 4.20% for the week. Refis accounted for 62.9% of loans, after having accounted for 64.5% of loans the week prior, all the while the 30 year fixed rate stood at 3.28%. Housing Starts for the month of February failed to meet expectations of 1,560K, after having reported at 1,421K. In the details, Residential starts and applications to build both noted declines of 10.30% and 10.80%, respectively, all the while backlogs continued to push past a 2006 high. Industry headwinds still remain with rising material costs, which indirectly push up housing prices, and as a result could simmer down the current pace of home purchases. Reporting tomorrow are Initial Jobless Claims and the Leading Index, both of which are expected at 700K and 0.30%, respectively.

The curve has bear-steepened with UST 10-Year yield up 4.06 bps.
This Week's Events
  03/15 Empire Manufacturing 05:30 Mar 15.00 17.40 12.10 -  
  03/16 Import Price Index MoM 05:30 Feb 1.00% 1.30% 1.40% -  
  03/16 Import Price Index YoY 05:30 Feb 2.60% 3.00% 0.90% 1.00%  
  03/17 MBA Mortgage Applications 04:00 12 Mar - -2.20% -1.30% -  
  03/17 Building Permits 05:30 Feb 1750k 1682k 1881k 1886k  
  03/17 Building Permits MoM 05:30 Feb -7.20% -10.80% 10.40% 10.70%  
  03/17 Housing Starts 05:30 Feb 1560k 1421k 1580k 1584k  
  03/17 Housing Starts MoM 05:30 Feb -1.30% -10.30% -6.00% -5.10%  
  03/18 Initial Jobless Claims 05:30 13 Mar 700k - 712k -  
  03/18 Continuing Claims 05:30 6 Mar 4034k - 4144k -  
  03/18 Leading Index 07:00 Feb 0.30% - 0.50% -
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