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October 2, 2006

Japanese government bond yields up on Tankan figures


by Elaine Frei

The Bank of Japan’s latest Tankan Survey of business sentiment sent most Japanese government bond yields higher on Monday. The ten-year bond saw yields 6.5 basis points higher to 1.740 percent. The two-year bond yields were also higher, but some issues that mature in less than a year saw yields decline.

Bond yields were lower in the United States, where the September figures from the Supply Management Institute were lower, showing manufacturing down more than had been expected. At late morning in New York, two-year Treasury bonds were down 4.1 basis points to a yield of 4.65 percent, while ten-year issues were yielding 4.60 percent, a decline of 3 basis points.

In Europe, Eurozone bond yields were lower as well after a more positive purchasing managers’ index report, which seemed to be trumped by higher prices in US bond markets. The two-year Schatz was 2.4 basis points lower to 3.553. The ten-year Bund, meanwhile, was down 2.6 basis points to a yield of 3.680 percent.

The latest purchasing managers’ index in the UK was also stronger than had been expected, sending yields on gilts higher. The two-year gilt gained 1.5 basis points to a yield of 4.939 percent, while the ten-year gilt added 0.5 basis points to 4.529 percent.

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