Treasury bond yields rise

Government bonds markets saw yields up in the US, the UK and the Eurozone, while yields on Japanese government bonds were lower on Tuesday.

In the United States, a strong consumer confidence report sent Treasury bond yields up after three days of declines which had been prompted by the decision of the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates on hold for the time being. The Conference Board put consumer confidence at 104.5 in September, above the expected reading of 103.0. At mid-morning in New York, the two-year Treasury bond was yielding 4.68 percent, a gain of 3.4 basis points, while the ten-year bond was 3.3 basis points higher to yield 4.58 percent.

In the Eurozone, bonds followed the lead of US issues. Meanwhile, a German business sentiment survey was also stronger than expected in September, adding to speculation that the European Central Bank will raise interest rates again before the end of the year. Late in the day, the two-year Schatz had added 4.3 basis points to 3.515 percent and the ten-year Bund was 0.3 basis points higher to 3. 660 percent.

In Japan, government bond yields were lower as the stock market there declined and investors worried that the US could cut interest rates. Five-year yields were 3.5 basis points lower to 1.090 percent, while ten-year yields were at 1.615 percent, a drop of 2 basis points.

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