Market Update: Tuesday, October 16, 2018


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  • Stocks resume slide. The S&P 500 Index slid 0.6% yesterday, extending losses to 6.1% since the benchmark closed at a record high on September 20. The S&P 500 has closed lower in 13 of 17 trading sessions since then as investors have had to contend with a surge in longer-term yields and trade war concerns.

  • Italy’s budget agreement. U.S. equities are higher this morning amid a worldwide rally in equities after Italy’s government reached an agreement on its budget, which will be submitted to the European Union (EU). European stocks climbed the most since September 20 on the accord, which promises to ease political tensions after Italy’s leaders unveiled a deficit target earlier this month that clashed with the EU’s limit.

  • Takeaways from fixed income. Last week’s sharp equity selloff broke months of historic calm for U.S. stocks. As investors clamor for answers, we highlight our biggest takeaways from credit’s response to the volatility in today’s LPL Research blog post, due out later today.

  • Treasury futures’ positioning. Non-hedging investors in 10-year Treasury futures think the surge in yields is overdone. Investors added the most long contracts to their positions since April 2017 in the five days ending Oct. 9, after the 10-year Treasury yield jumped to its highest level in seven years on Oct. 5. We view this positioning as an indicator of sentiment in Treasuries, which could signal a future path for yields. Before this month, investors had built a record short position in 10-year Treasury futures, predicting lower prices (and higher yields).


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