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Durable Goods Orders Fall
Wednesday’s report on Durable Goods Orders was expected to show a decline of about 3.5% in August, but the results were even lower – a 4.9% drop in durable goods orders overall. Without transportation equipment, which tend to sway the results widely, orders fell 1.8%. The report is a popular gauge of business sentiment, the thinking being that businesses will invest in durable goods only when their outlook is positive. Wednesday’s report reflected the largest decline in orders in seven months.
Yields Slip
The soft economic news, combined with strong interest in the 2-year Treasury auction, pushed MBS and Treasury prices up on Wednesday, lowering yields. After opening higher, the 10-year Treasury yield was down to 4.62% by the end of the day – even with the previous day’s close.
The next releases will be Weekly Jobless Claims and the final revision to second-quarter GDP at 8:30 Eastern on Thursday.
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