AUD Swaps: 3-10y given despite strong domestic data
- Bond futures rebound despite strong domestic data
- 3-10y given; Box steeper
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Bond futures rebound despite strong domestic data
AUD bond futures have followed the USD rates market firmer, despite stronger-than-expected domestic data.
On Monday, USD treasury rose with 2-year retreating from nearly its 16-year high. The move was a continuous demand for safe haven assets due to the stronger-than-expected PCE inflation gauge that was released on Friday.
Official data released earlier today showed that retail sales in Australia rebounded from 4% of contraction in December to 1.9% of growth in January. This also beat economists’ forecast of only 1.5% worth of growth.
Bond futures trimmed gains after the data, but resumed the uptrend very soon after. In mid-afternoon Sydney trading 3-year bond future was up 6-ticks at 96.41, and the 3s/10s futures curve was 3bps steeper at 26bps.
3-10y given; Box steeper
Echoing the gains in the underlying cash bond market, there has been modest amount of receiving in AUD swaps. 5-year, for example, has been offered and traded in a tight range around 4.2% on the day, although it also traded briefly at only a basis point lower of 4.23% after lunch break. 3-year started off the day with trades that were 2-3bps lower. Receiving then turned more aggressive after mid-day and it traded down to 6bps lower of 4.03%. 10-year was paid up to 4.47%-4.49% in overnight trading, but was then offered down to 4.43% in domestic trading. These compared to those traded around 4.455% near market close on the previous day.
EFPs were mostly wider. 3-year was up 0.75bp at 44.5bps, 5-year up 1.75bps at 60.5bps, 10-year up 1.25bps at 57.75bps. The 3s/10s EFP box was 0.5bps steeper at 13.25bps.
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