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Treasury yields fall amid record surge in virus cases and stimulus stalemate

U.S. Treasury yields fell on Monday as hopes waned that a stimulus deal in Washington would be signed before the presidential election next week.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note slipped 3 basis points to 0.811%, while the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond slumped 4 basis points to 1.604%. Yields move inversely to prices.

The decline in yields comes after the 10-year Treasury yield reached a four-month high of 0.84% last week.

Yields retreated on Monday as CNN reported Sunday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she had sent over a list of remaining concerns on the stimulus deal to the White House and hoped to hear back Monday.

She also suggested that the language around major issues such as coronavirus testing, jobless benefits, as well as state and local funding, still needed to be agreed with the White House.

The U.S. also saw a record number of coronavirus cases over the weekend, with recorded infections rising to more than 83,000 on both Friday and Saturday, surpassing the previous daily peak of around 77,300 cases in July.

Investors will also be keeping an eye out for U.S. new home sales data, expected at 10 a.m. ET, as an indicator of economic health.

In addition, $54 billion worth of 13-week bills will be auctioned Monday, as well as $51 billion worth of 26-week bills. Competitive closing time for both sales is 11 a.m. ET.

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