The DC Today - Thursday, February 1, 2024

Episode 787: The DC Today - Thursday, February 1, 2024

The Dow completely rebounded from yesterday's sell-off in stocks, and the bond market has now had two big days of gains in a row, with rates moving significantly lower across the curve.

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Welcome to the first day of February, and a 29 day leap year one at that. The Dow completely rebounded from yesterdays sell off in stocks, and the bond market has now had two big day of gains in a row with rates moving significantly lower across the curve. The Fed holding rates unchanged yesterday was expected, but the comments of a March rate cut not being the Feds base case until they see more supportive data is what moved markets.

Two quick points: The dot plots of where the FOMC sees rates by year end was unchanged following the meeting and 2-Yr treasury yields moving lower by 17 basis points in two days rather than higher isn’t a vote of confidence from the bond market its buying it at all. The reality is that economic data continues to be stronger than expected which is allowing them to take their time on easing policy, but markets are pricing it in advance anyway (as they always do). Speaking of stronger than expected economic data, there was a fair amount today with both productivity and ISM manufacturing data both beating expectations

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