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Treasury Yields Continue to Rise as Cpi Comes Into Focus

April 8, 2024
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Yields on U.S. government bonds experienced an uptick Monday morning as investors braced themselves for the forthcoming March consumer-price index report, which is anticipated to reveal sluggish progress in annual inflation rates.

The yield on the 2-year Treasury note rose to 4.763%, marking a 3.3 basis point increase from its level of 4.730% observed on Friday. Similarly, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note climbed to 4.425%, up by 4.8 basis points from the previous Friday's figure of 4.377%. Meanwhile, the yield on the 30-year Treasury note saw an increase to 4.575%, reflecting a 4.4 basis point rise from its Friday level of 4.531%. These figures from Friday represented the highest levels recorded for the 10- and 30-year rates since November 27, according to data sourced from Dow Jones Market Data at 3 p.m. Eastern time.

The recent surge in yields can be attributed to the aftermath of the latest U.S. nonfarm payrolls report released on Friday, which revealed an unexpected increase of 303,000 jobs in March. This unforeseen development has led traders to speculate that the annual headline CPI inflation rates may remain stagnant until July.

Attention has now shifted to Wednesday's impending release of the March CPI report, with economists anticipating that the annual headline inflation rate may have climbed to 3.5% last month from the previous reading of 3.2%. This potential increase would extend the ongoing streak of nine consecutive months with readings at or above the 3% threshold. However, forecasts suggest a slight easing in monthly inflation readings to 0.3%.

Adding to market concerns, Jamie Dimon, Chief Executive of JPMorgan Chase & Co., cautioned in his annual letter to shareholders on Monday about the persistent inflationary pressures stemming from fiscal deficits and geopolitical tensions. Dimon warned that these factors might drive U.S. interest rates to as high as 8% or even beyond. Similarly, Padhraic Garvey, regional head of research for the Americas at ING, highlighted on Friday the possibility of the 10-year Treasury yield reaching the 5% mark, emphasizing it as a potential risk.

In summary, the anticipation surrounding the forthcoming CPI report coupled with lingering apprehensions about inflationary pressures and their potential impact on interest rates have contributed to the recent movements in U.S. government bond yields. Investors remain vigilant as they navigate through the evolving economic landscape and assess the implications for their investment strategies.

Adan Harris
Managing Editor
Eric Ng
John Liu
Editorial Board
Bryan Curtis
Adan Harris
Managing Editor
Cathy Hills
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