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US bond market slides as Fed plans become clearer NEW YORK: Fears about the Federal Reserve buying fewer bonds later this year pummeled the US bond market on Thursday, pushing benchmark yields to the highest levels since August 2011, with few signs of when the month-long rout will end.The sell-off in US government debt has been swift and dramatic. The iShares Barclays 20-year-plus exchange-traded fund , one of the most popular bond ETFs, has lost about 10.7 percent during this period - comparable to a 1,500 point drop in the Dow Jones industrial average.The surge in bond yields, should it continue, could hamper the economic recovery the Fed is counting on to exit from the unprecedented stimulus it has injected into the banking system for over four years to grapple with the global credit crisis."We are in a regime shift in interest rates. The longer-term shift in interest rates is higher," said Stephen Sachs, head of capital markets with ...

US 30-year bond yield highest since Sept. 2011 NEW YORK: The yield on US 30-year Treasury bonds rose to its highest level since September 2011 in the aftermath of remarks from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke who suggested the central bank might reduce its bond purchases later this year if the economy shows further improvement.The selling in the 30-year or long bond intensified after a poor $7 billion auction of 30-year Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities.The long bond last traded down 1-30/32 in price with ...
US bond prices steady before Fed policy meeting NEW YORK: Most US Treasuries prices were little changed on Tuesday in light, choppy trading, as investors awaited the outcome of the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting for signs whether the US central bank might scale back its current stimulus program.The Fed's policy statement, to be released after the close of the meeting on Wednesday afternoon, could affirm remarks by Chairman Ben Bernanke last month that the US central bank may decide to trim the amount ...
US bonds gain on safety bid as ADP data disappoint NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices rose on Wednesday as weak economic data spurred safe-haven bids, with investors waiting for government payroll numbers later in the week to help clarify whether the Fed could soon pause its massive stimulus program.A report by payrolls processor ADP showed US private employers added 135,000 jobs in May, less than the 165,000 expected in a Reuters poll.Bond prices rose on the ADP news and again when service-sector data from the ...
Bond prices surge briefly after false explosion tweet NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices were little changed on Tuesday after a brief surge on a false Twitter message from the Associated Press that said there were two explosions at the White House.The tweet, which an AP spokesman called "bogus," raised concerns of another terror attack just a week after the Boston Marathon bombs and caused a short-lived scramble for safe-haven US bonds.When the AP tweet was retracted, buying of Treasuries faded, sending prices back ...
Yields stay low on waning inflation NEW YORK: US government debt prices rose on Monday on news of weaker-than-expected home resales in March and the implications of waning inflation.Slower inflation causes real interest rates to rise and leaves the door open for the Federal Reserve to continue its large-scale purchases of bonds and even to increase them.Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley told a conference on transatlantic economic interdependence on Monday that the US central bank's stimulative asset-purchase ...
Prices gain as stock slump spurs safety bid NEW YORK: Prices for US Treasuries gained on Wednesday as sinking stock prices spooked investors into scooping up safe-haven government debt.Major US stock indexes posted losses of more than 1 percent, a third straight session of swings of that magnitude.Commodities were sinking similarly on Wednesday, with Brent crude oil below $99 per barrel on expectations that slower economic growth will lessen demand for oil."As soon as the buying direction came from the Weidmann comments this ...

 



 
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