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Despite Bearish News, 30Yr Bonds Higher


Mortgage applications in the U.S. were down 0.6% in the week ended December 17, following a 4.0% decline in the previous period. Applications to purchase a home fell 3.3%, while those to refinance a home loan rose 2.2%, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association.

The third quarter gross domestic product increased 2.3% when 2.1% growth was expected.

The November Chicago Federal Reserve national activity index was 0.37, which compares to  0.75 in October.

The 9:00 central time December consumer confidence index is predicted to be 110.7 and the 9:00 November existing home sales report is estimated to be 6.510 million.

The seasonal tendency for the S&P 500 futures is to be higher on a month-to-month basis in the month of December.

The dominant short-term influence continues to be the variant news.

However, the long-term fundamentals remain bullish on balance for stock index futures.


The U.S. dollar index and the euro currency continue to trade in a broad trading ranges.

The U.K. economy expanded 1.1% on the quarter in the three months to September of 2021, which is below initial estimates of a 1.3% increase, and easing from a downwardly revised 5.4% advance in the previous period.


There was only temporary pressure on futures when the U.S. gross domestic product report was released.

The Federal Reserve’s recent more hawkish turn on monetary policy remains in focus. The Federal Reserve said at its December 15 meeting it would speed up its tapering of bond purchases, putting it on track to conclude the program in March 2022 and paving the way for three interest rate hikes by the end of 2022.

Most analysts expect a first fed funds rate hike in May.

If the U.S. economy weakens it may be difficult for the Fed to justify an accelerated taper of its asset-purchase program, especially now that other major central banks are adding more accommodation or delaying the partial removal of easy monetary policies.

The fundamentals for the interest rate futures market are mostly aligned on the bullish side.

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