The morning, retail sales came in down .5% versus the expectations of .3% which is pushing the bond market up slightly from yesterday’s close. The MBA mortgage applications report showed that demand for loans to purchase US homes sunk to a 13-year low last week. In the afternoon, the market will be focusing on the minutes from the last FOMC meeting where many expect to find that Fed officials have lowered their economic growth outlook. Also, the Treasury is scheduled to auction $13 billion in 30-year bonds.
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