J&J News boosts Treasury yields, Powell Day 2, dollar turns positive, bitcoin rebounds

Global bonds yields climb on J&J

It is all about the bond market today.  Global bond yields are rising across the board after the FDA staff endorses Johnson & Johnson’s single shot vaccine for emergency use.  Expectations are high for the J&J vaccine to be distributed in the US over the next month. Basic refrigeration and the fact that it is a single dose vaccine could be a game-changer in the global fight against COVID.

Global bond yields are suggesting financial markets are much more optimistic about the economy than the Fed.  Powell is strongly optimistic about the economic outlook for the second half of the year, while the Treasury market seems to indicate that the recovery could take off in the second quarter.  If bond market selloff deepens with the 10-year breaking past 1.50%, that could prove to be disruptive for financial conditions.

Powell

Fed Chair Powell’s day with the US House Financial Services Panel provided no major revelations.  The Fed firmly believes there’s a long way to get back to maximum employment as 10-million jobs will likely take a while to comeback.  Powell reiterated optimism for the outlook later this year.

FX

The dollar won’t break if Treasury yields continue to rise.  Bearish dollar bets might have to wait until we see the Fed become uncomfortable with the rise in yields.  All eyes are on the 10-year Treasury yield and how soon it breaks past 1.50%.  ECB Chief Lagarde on Monday stated the ECB is closely monitoring longer-term nominal yields and the Fed can’t be too far behind.

Bitcoin

Bitcoin is rebounding after Square and MicroStrategy placed big bets following a two-day plunge.  Bitcoin volatility seemed elevated at the start of the week as some crypto followers believe many whales got ahead of Bitfinex and Tether settlement with the NY Attorney’s office.  The speculation stems from blockchain trackers that saw a significant number of transactions move cryptocurrencies to the exchanges, which could imply big selling is about to take place.

Fed Chair Powell said this will be an “important year” for learning more about the digital dollar, and that they will engage with the public.  The crypto market views Powell’s comments as short-term bullish since legislative authorization won’t be coming anytime soon.  Digital dollar hearings are coming and big restrictions could be down the road, but nothing in the immediate future.

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Ed Moya

Ed Moya

Senior Market Analyst, The Americas at OANDA
With more than 20 years’ trading experience, Ed Moya is a senior market analyst with OANDA, producing up-to-the-minute intermarket analysis, coverage of geopolitical events, central bank policies and market reaction to corporate news. His particular expertise lies across a wide range of asset classes including FX, commodities, fixed income, stocks and cryptocurrencies. Over the course of his career, Ed has worked with some of the leading forex brokerages, research teams and news departments on Wall Street including Global Forex Trading, FX Solutions and Trading Advantage. Most recently he worked with TradeTheNews.com, where he provided market analysis on economic data and corporate news. Based in New York, Ed is a regular guest on several major financial television networks including CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Yahoo! Finance Live, Fox Business and Sky TV. His views are trusted by the world’s most renowned global newswires including Reuters, Bloomberg and the Associated Press, and he is regularly quoted in leading publications such as MSN, MarketWatch, Forbes, Breitbart, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Ed holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.
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