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February 20, 2015
21:58 EDTDallas Fed Mfg Survey Bus Activity Index to be reported at 10:30
February Dallas Fed Mfg Survey Bus Activity Index will be reported at 10:30 . Current consensus is [2.8]
21:58 EDTPMI Services Flash Level to be reported at 09:45
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21:58 EDTExisting Home Sales to be reported at 10:00
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21:58 EDTChicago Fed National Activity Index Level to be reported at 08:30
January Chicago Fed National Activity Index Level will be reported at 08:30 . Current consensus is 0.15
15:15 EDTTreasury Closing Summary:
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15:05 EDTTreasury Action: supply will complicate trading
Treasury Action: supply will complicate trading ahead as the debt market absorbs $90 B in shorter to intermediate coupon offerings and a $13 B 2-year FRN, all of which will be hyper sensitive to Yellen's Humphrey Hawkins testimony. Additionally, traders will have to deal with the fallout from Greece and data. When issued yields are little changed after having richened most of the session. The 2-year is at 0.680%, while the 5-year is at 1.615%, with the 7-year at 1.940%. A stop here on the 2-year would be one of the cheapest in years, but it may not be high enough to compensate for the potential of Fed rate hikes. Meanwhile, rates on the 5- and 7-year notes are some of the lowest in months, and that may limit buying as well. However, there is likely to be solid indirect bidding given wide spreads to core sovereigns, and especially with the ECB's QE program to begin shortly.
14:47 EDTEurogroup says agreement for Greece reached, Bloomberg reports
Bloomberg cites a Eurogroup spokesperson on the extension agreement.
14:38 EDT'Outline agreement' for Greek deal drafted, Reuters says
Euro zone finance ministers have developed an "outline agreement that could form the basis for extending" Greece's bailout, Greek officials and officials from other euro zone countries said, according to Reuters. However, no "formal deal on a common text" has been made, the news service quoted the officials as saying. Reference Link
14:22 EDTGreek bailout hopes propel Dow to new high
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13:50 EDTRetiring Philly Fed hawk Plosser is concerned about volatility
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13:35 EDTHumphrey Hawkins preview:
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13:20 EDTEnergy Action: NYMEX crude fell
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13:15 EDTGreek official says accord on bailout may have been reached, Bloomberg reports
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13:12 EDTGreek official says accord on bailout may have been reached, Bloomberg says
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13:05 EDTFX Action: USD-JPY found some support
FX Action: USD-JPY found some support on the back of potential resolution of the Greek crisis, moving from lows of 118.30 this morning, back to highs over 118.85. Wall Street is back in the green, which has helped sentiment, though as Fed rate hike sentiment has been dialed back some since the FOMC minutes, and prospects for BoJ easing being pushed back, there will not likely be a rush to buy USD-JPY in the coming sessions.
12:15 EDTTreasury Option Action: decent call buying
Treasury Option Action: decent call buying was reported in the mix, in line with the better tone on fixed income futures to round out the week amid Greek debt acrimony, with sources otherwise preoccupied by calendar roll activity. Among the larger bullish deals were purchases of 15k in April 130 calls, 16k in week 1 129/130 call spreads and 10k in June 129+ calls. This heavily outweighed bearish demand for 3k in March 128+ puts and 5k in April 126/125 put spreads and a bearish sale of 4k in June 126.5 calls among others. March 10s are still 15-ticks higher near 128-02, while June 10s are 15.5-ticks firmer near 127-115.
11:30 EDTU.S. equities snapped back from session lows
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10:50 EDTTreasury Action: short covering into the weekend has boosted Treasuries
Treasury Action: short covering into the weekend has boosted Treasuries, especially with Grexit uncertainties overhanging the markets. Equities remain cautiously lower. The 10-year Treasury yield has fallen back to 2.04% and a close there would be the lowest since February 12, though still inside the recent range. Meanwhile, the advent of Yellen's testimony next week should keep trading on the quiet side as the markets try to weigh the contradictory nature of the January FOMC policy statement, the minutes, and Fedspeak, not to mention the data. Key for her testimony will be how she navigates and spins a strengthening labor market, an improved economy (though growth has slowed from the heady Q2 and Q3 pace), deflationary price pressures, and soft wage growth. She will have to dance around the "patient" issue and not give any clear hints on whether it will be retained or dropped from the March policy statement, as she won't want to pre-empt the policy decision.
10:15 EDTTreasury Option Action: bullish call positioning
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10:05 EDTEuro$ interest rate options: a mixed bag of flows
Euro$ interest rate options: a mixed bag of flows has trickled out over the morning. Among them were bullish purchases of 2k in Short December 90/95 call 1x2s, 2k in Green March 83/85 call spreads and 2k in Front June 95/96/97 call butterflies. There was also a sale of 2k in September 96/97 call spreads vs a purchase of June 96/97 call spreads. Sources reported some selling of volatility earlier to the tune of 7k in June 96 straddles as well. June 2015s are a tick lower at 99.59, while the deferreds are as much as 6.5-ticks higher out the back amid pre-weekend jitters over Greece.
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