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February 20, 2015
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.
10:04 EDTAtlanta Fed Business Inflation Expectations Bus Infl Exp % Yr/Yr data reported
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10:00 EDTU.S. Markit flash PMI rose to 54.3 in February
U.S. Markit flash PMI rose to 54.3 in February versus 53.9 for January and December. It's the highest reading since November and breaks a string of declines since September as manufacturing activity had been cooling since hitting a peak in June with the index at 57.3. The index has been above the neutral 50 threshold for nearly five-and-a-half years. Meanwhile, some of the internals offset the improved headline as both employment and new orders declined, with the latter at ist lowest since January 2014, and the former at its lowest since July. Export sales were close to stagnation, according to the report. Input prices dipped modestly to the lowest level since July 2012.
09:47 EDTGreek issues weigh on market
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09:30 EDTEnergy Action: February NYMEX crude is down
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09:15 EDTU.S. CPI was revised slightly higher
U.S. CPI was revised slightly higher with its annual release of new seasonal factors. December CPI was nudged up to -0.3% versus the -0.4% reported previously. The core rate was also bumped up to 0.1% versus unchanged initially. There were no changes to November's prints of -0.3% and 0.1% for the headline and core rates, respectively, while the headline October rate was revised up to 0.1% from flat. The small revisions don't really alter the picture of soft price pressures.
09:03 EDTOppenheimer technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:00 EDTTreasury Option Action: bullish positioning
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08:45 EDTFX Action: USD-CAD ran up to 1.2530 from 1.2470
FX Action: USD-CAD ran up to 1.2530 from 1.2470 following ugly Canadian retail sales data. The pairing has been on the decline through the London morning session, as oil prices stabilized some at higher levels, though the data has trumped for the near term at least. Yesterday's 1.2554 peak provides initial resistance from here.
08:45 EDTU.S. equities are mildly lower
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08:26 EDTBarclays healthcare analysts to hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:21 EDTU.S. Chamber of Commerce to hold a discussion
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08:15 EDTEnergy Action: February NYMEX crude
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07:55 EDTTreasury Market Outlook: Treasuries are firmer
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