(Bloomberg) — The dollar slipped and benchmark Treasury yields slipped to a one-month low as investors braced for Thursday’s U.S. inflation report that may give clues on the direction of monetary policy.
The greenback weakened against all of its nine developed-world peers. The 10-year rate traded a shade below 1.50%, at the lowest since May 7, before an auction of notes at the tenor. S&P 500 Index futures were little changed, while contracts on Nasdaq 100 rose. Bitcoin added 4%, trading above $35,000.
Do I detect a trend in the 10-year Treasury yield and 10Y-3M Treasury slope?
It is a classic short squeeze on Treasuries where short positions overwhelm long positions.
Treasuries richer by nearly 3bp across long-end of the curve, flattening 2s10s, 5s30s by ~2bp and ~1bp on the day; 10-year yields around 1.505%, outperforming bunds and gilts by 1bp and 1.5bp
Long-end block purchase was of 905 Ultra Bond contracts, equivalent to over $300k/bp
Cboe interest rate volatility (blue line) is subsiding.
The US Dollar is declining while gold is climbing.
Stay tuned for today’s 10-year Treasury auction at 1pm and tomorrow’s inflation report.