TREASURIES-Yields hover near highs in choppy trading after jobs data

BY Reuters | TREASURY | 11/24/21 12:18 PM EST
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    By David Randall
    NEW YORK, Nov 24 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury yields hovered
near highs for the year in choppy trading 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 the 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 10-year Treasury notes was down 1.7
basis points to 1.648% after rising as much as 3 basis points
earlier in the day, near its high for the year of 1.74% reached
in March. The yield on the 30-year Treasury bond was
down 3.6 basis points to 1.987%.
    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.
    Investors will be watching for signs that the Federal
Reserve may be open to accelerating its tapering program when
the minutes from the central bank's last policy meeting are
released later this afternoon, said Brian Jacobsen, senior
investment strategist at Allspring Global Investments.
    Fed officials agreed at the Nov. 2-3 meeting to begin
reducing its pandemic relief of $120 billion in monthly
purchases of Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities with a
timeline that would see them tapered completely by next June.

    "If we have the largest buyer of Treasuries, who is very
price insensitive, stepping out of the market we think that it
makes sense that we will see yields move higher," Jacobsen said.
    The two-year U.S. Treasury yield, which typically
moves in step with interest rate expectations, was up 2.8 basis
points at 0.636%.
    The yield curve flattened, with spreads between 5- and
30-year Treasuries tightening near their lowest levels since
March 2020.

    November 24 Wednesday 12:05PM New York / 1705 GMT
                               Price        Current   Net
                                            Yield %   Change
 Three-month bills             0.06         0.0608    0.010
 Six-month bills               0.095        0.0964    0.020
 Two-year note                 99-187/256   0.6358    0.028
 Three-year note               99-104/256   0.9532    0.016
 Five-year note                99-150/256   1.3359    0.002
 Seven-year note               99-128/256   1.5757    -0.011
 10-year note                  97-132/256   1.6462    -0.019
 20-year bond                  99-80/256    2.0421    -0.030
 30-year bond                  97-152/256   1.9819    -0.041

                               Last (bps)   Net
 U.S. 2-year dollar swap        23.00         0.50
 U.S. 3-year dollar swap        22.25         1.00
 U.S. 5-year dollar swap        10.25         0.25
 U.S. 10-year dollar swap        5.00        -0.50
 U.S. 30-year dollar swap      -17.50        -0.25

 (Reporting by David Randall;
Editing by Bernadette Baum and Nick Zieminski)

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