Treasury yields turned higher on Friday after the Federal Reserve dialed back the pace at which it plans to buy government bonds.
The central bank said Friday that it would buy securities at a pace of about $15 billion a day, slower than around $30 billion a day this week. The Fed launched an unlimited quantitative easing program, aggressively purchasing Treasuries to cushion the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic.
Investors also grew more hopeful about an economic recovery after the Trump administration released tentative steps toward restarting the country.
President Donald Trump said on Thursday issued guidelines to open up parts of the U.S. Thursday night, which identifies the circumstances necessary for areas of the country to allow employees to start returning to work.
Investors also cheered reports about a Gilead Sciences drug that showed some effectiveness in treating the coronavirus. STAT news reported that a Chicago hospital treating coronavirus patients with remdesivir in a trial were recovering rapidly from severe symptoms.
On Thursday, long-dated Treasury yields dropped on the back of new unemployment data. Another 5.25 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week showing how the coronavirus shutdowns are hitting the economy.
Traders were also digesting data news out of China, which showed the economy contracted by 6.8% in the first quarter.
Friday’s data calendar is relatively thin with only March’s Leading Economic Index due at 10 a.m. ET. St. Louis Fed President James Bullard is due to speak via a webcast at 9 a.m. ET.
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