US Economy and Credit Markets Ended Sept. 4, 2020
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Last week, U.S Treasury bond yields rose on the short-end of the yield curve as U.S. Treasury bond yields on the long-end pulled back. A couple of catalysts led to long-term Treasury bond yields falling throughout the week. Early in the week, investors sought out bonds on the cheap following the selloff in long-term Treasury bonds. The month of August saw 10-year Treasury yields rise over 17 basis points and 30-year Treasury yields increase about 28 basis points. Bond yields and prices are inversely related. Later in the week, investors continued to flock to Treasurys as a perceived safe haven from retreating equities. The week ended with Treasury yields pushing higher across the yield curve on Friday, leaving only longer-dated Treasury yields in the red for the week. The selloff in Treasurys on Friday was due to a stronger-than-expected jobs report spurring positive sentiment as the jobs market continues to rapidly recover. Nonfarm payrolls beat the consensus expectation and the unemployment rate dropped to 8.4%, well below the peak of 14.7% in April. Major economic reports (related consensus forecasts, prior data) for the upcoming week include Tuesday: August NFIB Small Business Optimism (99.0, 98.8); Wednesday: September 4 MBA Mortgage Applications (n/a, -2.0%); Thursday: August PPI Final Demand MoM (0.2%, 0.6%), August PPI Final Demand YoY (-0.3%, -0.4%), September 5 Initial Jobless Claims (830k, 881k), August 29 Continuing Claims (n/a, 13254k), July Final Wholesale Inventories MoM (-0.1%, -0.1%); Friday: August CPI MoM (0.3%, 0.6%), August CPI Ex Food and Energy MoM (0.2%, 0.6%), August CPI YoY (1.2%, 1.0%), August Monthly Budget Statement (-$242.7b, -$63.0b).
Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 @ 8:27 AM

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