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Yields rise as stocks gain, payrolls in focus NEW YORK: US Treasuries yields rose on Friday as stocks gained, with yields of intermediate-dated notes nearing two-month highs as many analysts and traders see the debt as likely to continue to underperform longer-term bonds.Two-year, three-year, five-year and seven-year notes have underperformed since Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said last week that the US central bank could raise interest rates six months after its bond-buying program ends, suggesting a potential rate hike as early as spring 2015.Economic releases due out next week, culminating in Friday's employment report for March, are being awaited for signs on the strength of the economy and whether recent weakness was temporary."Next week is an important week because we get the first look at the data for March," said Gary Pollack, head of fixed-income trading at Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management in New York. "There is a big debate about the economy and how much of ...

Yields steady as investors wait on Fed speakers NEW YORK: US Treasuries yields held near more than one-week highs as investors waited on a quartet of Federal Reserve speakers due to speak on Friday for any signs over whether they will seek to downplay comments on Wednesday by Fed Chair Janet Yellen that the Fed may raise interest rates sooner than many expected.Yellen, speaking at a press conference on Wednesday after the Fed's two-day policy meeting, said the Fed could raise rates six ...
Prices gain on weak housing in trading before Fed minutes NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices rose on Wednesday as US housing starts recorded their biggest drop in almost three years, raising concerns about the housing recovery, and on safety buying as bonds of emerging market countries including Ukraine dropped on rising civil unrest.Housing starts in January were likely weighed down by harsh weather, but the third month of declines in permits pointed to some underlying weakness in the housing market. Permits to build homes fell ...
BlackRock expands retirement business with new bond NEW YORK: BlackRock Inc, the world's largest money manager, is expanding its push into the retirement market with a new set of bond funds tied to indexes that track an individual's expected annual retirement income once he or she reaches age 65. The new funds, which BlackRock is targeting at investors over 55, are linked to a series of retirement benchmark indexes the company launched in July. The index series, called CoRI ...
US bond prices rise on weak payrolls data NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices rose on Friday with benchmark yields falling to their lowest in about three weeks, as government data showed job growth unexpectedly slowed in December, raising some doubts about the economic recovery. The surprise setback in labor conditions also raised bets the Federal Reserve will at least not accelerate its pace of stimulus reduction that began this month, traders said. The bond market initially rallied on the news that US employers ...
US 10-year Treasury auction fetches 3.01 percent WASHINGTON: The US Treasury sold $21 billion in 10-year bonds Wednesday at a high yield of 3.01 percent, a sharp rise from 2.82 percent in December.The Treasury said 21.49 percent was allotted at the high yield.The bid-to-cover ratio was 2.68, with direct bidders taking up 13.62 percent of the issue and indirect bidders getting 46.62 percent. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
US 10-year yield at 2-year high, stocks rally NEW YORK/PARIS: US benchmark government bond yields rose above 3 percent, hitting a two-and-a-half year high on Friday, while major global equity markets extended gains to a seventh day in a broad year-end surge.The US 10-year Treasury note yield rose to a high of 3.02 percent, reflecting signs of improvement in the US economy and expectations that the Federal Reserve will steadily withdraw stimulus that kept a lid on interest rates for several years. The ...

 



 
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