October 24, 2020

Treasury yields rise as stimulus hopes, U.S.-China tensions persist


U.S. government debt prices were lower Tuesday morning as investors hoped for a resumption of bipartisan talks over a new coronavirus relief bill, while tensions between the U.S. and China remained on the radar.

At around 2:15 a.m. ET, the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note was higher at 0.5805% and the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond rose to 1.2544%. Yields move inversely to prices.

Both Republican and Democratic governors across the country on Monday criticized President Trump’s executive orders on coronavirus aid as being too expensive for states already struggling with the cost of the pandemic.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have signaled a willingness to return to the negotiating table in the hopes of agreeing on a fresh federal aid package.

Wall Street notched its seventh consecutive day of gains on Monday, the longest winning streak for the Dow since September 2019, as investors hope for economic recovery as data indicators have begun to pick up.

Relations between the U.S. and China continue to fray. On Monday, Mnuchin said Chinese firms which fail to adhere to U.S. accounting practices should be delisted from American stock exchanges at the end of 2021, a move officials recommended to the Securities and Exchange Commission last week.

China has unveiled a slew of policies to help boost its domestic semiconductor industry amid tensions with the U.S. over market access for Chinese tech giants. Key trade talks between Washington and Beijing are set to commence on Saturday against a backdrop of uncertainty.

The U.S. Treasury plans to sell a record amount of debt this week. Tuesday will see auctions held for $34 billion of 52-week bills, $30 billion of 119-day bills, $30 billion of 42-day bills and $48 billion of 3-year notes, with large offerings of 10- and 30-year Treasurys scheduled later in the week.

On the data front, PPI (Producer Price Index) inflation readings for July will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET.



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