Horrible housing data and a "do nothing" Fed


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Horrible housing data and a "do nothing" Fed

Bonds were bid most of the day on weaker equities, turrrrible (as Charles Barkley would say) new home sales figures and stable Fed policy.

The latest data on new home sales was a huge miss of expectations. The consensus forecast was 430,000 sales but the actual number was reported to be 300,000. As ugly as the headline looks, a little digging beneath the surface suggests that the numbers are "stable" overall. Essentially, sales were borrowed in previous months from the current month (and upcoming months) as a result of the home buyer tax credit. That is not to say that the housing market isn't in shambles, but it should diminish some of the shock value that today's numbers brought with them.

As expected, the Fed pledged to keep the target overnight rate at historically low levels. Without signs of inflation, a real estate market under pressure and lagging job growth there is little incentive to adjust monetary policy.

The Euro picked up following the Fed announcement and if this continues, it should keep a cap on the rally.

The lack of volatility makes trading Treasuries very difficult; whether you prefer the long or short side of this market the tight range has likely enabled the accumulation of stop orders. Accordingly, there could be false breakouts and for those that are "suckered" into buying a bull or bear trap could experience a painful squeeze.

We have a 'feeling' that the 30-year bond could trade in the mid-126 to 127 but can't help but grow bearish at such levels. The bias is upwards but we doubt that stocks will completely break down again and that should prevent the Treasury rally from growing legs.

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**Seasonality is already factored into current prices, any references to such does not indicate future market action.

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Carley Garner
Senior Analyst / Commodity Broker
DeCarley Trading
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