US10Y – Yields lower despite Plug on QE Scare

With all the rumors about Fed stopping or cutting QE purchases in 2013, it make sense to see US yields gaining higher, with the benchmark 10Y price falling below 131.0 and hitting 130.0 last week. However unlike Stocks that has been continuing trading lower this week, with Dow Jones closing below 15,000 yesterday, bond prices actually started bouncing higher, which means Yields are actually falling, with demand in 10Y gaining instead of losing.

Weekly Chart


Well, the answer could be simply bond prices are facing a technical rebound currently after breaking the 131.0/confluence with 23.6% Fib retracement last week. Bond yields have been increasing for 5 consecutive weeks before the current one and it is not surprising to see a technical rebound of some sort before price can push lower towards 128/38.2% Fib retracement. There’s also a general belief that stocks tend to get the memo last, which means that the current 3 week slump in US stocks is merely lagging yields by 2-3 weeks.

One way to see if the above mentioned is actually true will be how yields react after NFP announcement tomorrow. If the stopping of QE remain the main driver for yields to fall, a stronger/better than expected print tomorrow will result in a dip in bond prices, and we could potentially see price heading towards 130.0 and perhaps even lower. The opposite will be true for a worse than expected NFP number.

From a technical perspective, price is currently in a bear leg from Jun 2012 highs. If bond price does hit 131 tomorrow but fail to break the level, additional bearish pressure will come in and an acceleration towards 128/38.2% Fib will be possible. Certainly a break of 131.0 is also plausible, but bulls will need to break 132.0 preferably in order to establish a bullish target for 134.0 and invalidate current bearish bias.

Hourly Chart


Hourly Chart shows price to be mostly stable, unlike yesterday’s free-falling for stocks. Looking at the short-term pressure, and using Stochastic as reference, it seems that price may be on its way to test 131.0 and perhaps even 131.20. However stochastic readings also suggest that a break of 131.2 may not be as likely, with readings already near the Overbought region which makes further advancement given the longer-term bearish outlook slightly harder.

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Mingze Wu

Mingze Wu

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Based in Singapore, Mingze Wu focuses on trading strategies and technical and fundamental analysis of major currency pairs. He has extensive trading experience across different asset classes and is well-versed in global market fundamentals. In addition to contributing articles to MarketPulseFX, Mingze centers on forex and macro-economic trends impacting the Asia Pacific region.
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