The 10Y Breaks Out

10Y rates broke out above a 30-year channel top yesterday, finally settling the argument as to the Fed’s priorities.We selected 28.56 as the upside target 9 months ago as it represented a significant enough Fib level and the top of the falling white channel.  From Jan 10’s China – It’s Not Me, It’s You:

Our view was seemingly confirmed on Feb 2 when TNX reached 28.56 and ZN reached the bottom of a long-term price channel.  It was strange, though, that the 10Y spurted up to 28.56 on the same day that SPX’s acceleration channel from Nov 9 broke down and SPX fell 59 points.

The following day, SPX fell 114 points.  And, it didn’t stop falling until Feb 9, 340 points off the January highs.  Bond prices, which normally move inversely to stocks, fell right along with SPX — and kept falling even after SPX bottomed out.  The chart below shows SPX vs ZN: 10Y prices.

Looking at it another way, we can see how 10Y yields continued marching higher as stocks plummeted, topping 28.56.  The rising red trend line from July 2016 wasn’t steep enough.  A new, steeper TL (below, in purple) took over in Sep 2017 and kept guiding yields higher until May 17.  

Fine-tuning the falling white channel, I was able to connect this peak with the previous highs from 2000 and 2007.  Like many, I noted that these previous TNX peaks had aligned with SPX peaks.  In other words, if yields fell hard as they had those previous times, stocks were quite vulnerable.

The charts suggested a drop in yields; and, so did common sense.  With $22 trillion in debt and a budget deficit topping $1 trillion, rising interest rates were unthinkable.  Or, so I thought.

I had assumed the FOMC would be able to read the writing on the wall and would take action to prevent rates from breaking out.

I don’t really think they want a breakout.  But, inflation being what it is, they’ve painted themselves into a corner.  USDJPY reached our next upside target last night, so the yen probably won’t be much help.And, oil and gas are long overdue for a tumble — that inflation problem, again.

So, here we are, this morning, with ES off 12 points, but having narrowly avoided (again) tagging the SMA20.  Usually, when this happens day after day, it’s because there’s a rising channel bottom or moving average which would make for a bullish backtest.  

Will today be the day?

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