Our Observations: Stocks have taken a brief pause from their recent push this week while bonds took the lead. Short-term trends have favored bonds as the 10-year Treasury has gone from 2.42% to 2.21% in the past month. Foreign bonds have done even better as the euro has appreciated relative to the dollar. However, we think the low yield of euro bonds and improving economic conditions of Europe should be an indicator of increasing near-term rates, which could negatively impact the capital value of these bonds.
Momentum measures the rate of acceleration, either positive or negative, in a security’s price and may indicate which markets are positioned for gains or losses. Investing based on momentum entails establishing long positions in securities with positive recent returns and short positions in those with negative recent returns. Momentum in asset classes may illustrate the development of trends in the market.