TREASURIES-Treasury yields inch toward highs for year on strong economic data

BY Reuters | TREASURY | 11/24/21 09:39 AM EST
       By David Randall
    NEW YORK, Nov 24 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury yields continued
to inch toward their highs for the year after data released
Wednesday suggested the job market and consumer spending
continue to improve.
    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment
benefits fell to their lowest since 1969 last week, the Labor
Department said. At the same time, personal consumption rose
1.7% - slightly more than the estimated 1.6% - in the third
    The yield on benchmark 10-year Treasury notes
was up 2.5 basis points at 1.690%, near its high for the year of
1.74% reached in March. The yield on the 30-year Treasury bond
 was up 1.1 basis points to 2.034%.
    Signs of strength in the economy will likely reinforce
investors' belief that inflation will accelerate and weigh on
Treasury prices, said Ian Lyngen, head of U.S. rates strategy at
BMO Capital Markets.
    "The market has been and continues to lean bearishly
duration, which suggests that a collective shift back closer to
neutral would create a meaningful round of buying in
Treasuries," he said.
    The two-year U.S. Treasury yield, which typically
moves in step with interest rate expectations, was up 3.6 basis
points at 0.644%.
    The yield curve flattened, with spreads between 5- and
30-year Treasuries tightening near their lowest levels since
March 2020.

    November 24 Wednesday 9:17AM New York / 1417 GMT
                               Price        Current   Net
                                            Yield %   Change
 Three-month bills             0.055        0.0558    0.005
 Six-month bills               0.0825       0.0837    0.008
 Two-year note                 99-186/256   0.6378    0.030
 Three-year note               99-96/256    0.964     0.027
 Five-year note                99-116/256   1.3635    0.030
 Seven-year note               99-76/256    1.6066    0.020
 10-year note                  97-40/256    1.6861    0.021
 20-year bond                  98-144/256   2.0884    0.016
 30-year bond                  96-128/256   2.0315    0.009

                               Last (bps)   Net
 U.S. 2-year dollar swap        23.50         1.00
 U.S. 3-year dollar swap        22.50         1.25
 U.S. 5-year dollar swap        10.00         0.00
 U.S. 10-year dollar swap        5.00        -0.50
 U.S. 30-year dollar swap      -17.75        -0.50

 (Reporting by David Randall;
Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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