TOKYO, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Japanese government bond prices moved in a narrow range on Friday, with many market players retreating to the sidelines ahead of the New Year holidays.
Benchmark 10-year JGB futures fell 0.09 point to 152.06, with a low trading volume of 14,289 lots.
Many market players were away ahead of market holidays from Tuesday to Friday next week while planned auction of 10-year JGBs and 30-year bonds in the following week kept traders cautious, traders said.
The 10-year JGB yield rose 0.5 basis point to minus 0.015% but still off nine-month high of plus 0.010% touched on Dec. 20.
After dropping to as low as minus 0.295% in early September on U.S.-China trade tensions, the yield has steadily risen to end the year almost flat.
The 20-year JGB yield fell 0.5 basis point to 0.290% while the benchmark 30-year yield dipped 0.5 basis point to 0.430%.
The short end of the market was firmer, with the two-year JGB yield falling 1 basis point to minus 0.130%.
The five-year yield was flat at minus 0.120%.
Short maturities drew mild support from firmness in U.S. Treasuries on Thursday after solid auction of seven-year notes.
Reporting by Tokyo Markets Team; Editing by Rashmi Aich