U.S. yields tumble on commerce worries, political stress

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury yields fell on Monday, according to the weak inventory market, as commerce worries and international political tensions in locations akin to Hong Kong and Argentina supported safe-haven belongings.

FILE PHOTO: Flags of U.S. and China are displayed at American Worldwide Chamber of Commerce (AICC)'s sales space throughout China Worldwide Honest for Commerce in Companies in Beijing, China, Could 28, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee

U.S. 30-year bond yields slid to their lowest since July 2016. U.S. long-term yields have fallen in six of the previous 9 classes, reflecting traders’ diminished danger urge for food.

European bond yields have been additionally decrease on the day.

The U.S. yield curve has additionally flattened considerably, suggesting mounting nervousness. The yield unfold between U.S. 2-year and 10-year notes, a intently watched metric, narrowed to five.three foundation factors, the smallest distinction since a minimum of 2010, in accordance with Refinitiv information.

The bond rally was triggered by protests in Hong Kong over the weekend, which initially stemmed from opposition to a invoice permitting extradition to the mainland. That crippled Hong Kong’s airport, whereas in Argentina the defeat of President Mauricio Macri throughout main elections added to international stress.

“The Hong Kong demonstrations and their skill to close down the airport and the shock in Argentina took the wind out of the sails of the inventory market,” stated Jim Vogel, rates of interest strategist at FTN Monetary in Memphis, Tennessee.

“We’re again to worrying that issues are nonetheless unsettled and so there’s no have to push shares increased, and with out that optimism, with out that ‘things-are-getting-better’ impulse behind shares, Treasury yields are transferring to the decrease center of the vary,” he added.

Italy additionally had political issues after the League celebration final week filed a no-confidence movement in opposition to its personal governing coalition. The celebration’s populist chief Matteo Salvini hopes that the movement transfer will set off early elections and have him put in as the brand new chief.

Concern in regards to the U.S.-China commerce battle continued. Every week in the past, China allowed the yuan CNY=CFXS to interrupt via the important thing 7-per-dollar degree for the primary time since 2008, prompting Washington to label Beijing a foreign money manipulator and sparking market turmoil.

Analysts additionally stated Monday’s bond rally was exaggerated by a slew of holidays in Asia, notably Japan, Singapore and India.

In afternoon buying and selling, U.S. benchmark 10-year observe yields fell to 1.64% US10YT=RR, from 1.734% late on Friday.

For the reason that starting of the yr, 10-year yields have fallen greater than 100 foundation factors, on observe for its steepest drop in eight years.

Yields on 30-year bonds slid to 2.13% US30YT=RR, from 2.247% on Friday. Earlier, they fell to a greater than three-year low of two.119%.

On the brief finish of the curve, two-year yields slipped to 1.581%, from Friday’s 1.63% US2YT=RR.

“So long as there’s international political stress, we’re going to get downward stress on U.S. yields,” Stan Shipley, fastened revenue strategist, at Evercore ISI in New York, stated.

Reporting by Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss; Modifying by Will Dunham and Richard Chang

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