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Morning Notes — Catalyst Ahead

Catalyst Ahead

June 15, 2021

Ten-year yields are trying to break through their 100-day moving average at 1.50%.  The month-long rally in Treasuries (yields lower) was almost entirely driven by technical factors, rather than growth fundamentals.  The rally in Treasuries started in mid-May when commodity prices pulled back in response to China’s efforts to cool markets/crackdown on commodity speculators.  We use technical and positioning signals all the time, establishing the ~1.45% level in 10-year yields as support during the pullback.  If breached and sustained, levels below ~1.45% would be our cue to pivot from our 10-month long preference to add value sector equity positioning over growth.  Thus far, the ~1.45% level has held and we’ve kept the value equity bias.  Last week’s Treasury short-covering rally took the 10-year Treasury put/call ratio to overbought extremes and sets the stage for a systematic sell signal (yields higher). We stick with our reflation, reopening and value-themed equity bias on expectations for higher yields to reflect above-trend global growth, super-strong US consumer and early capex cycle.

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