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TREASURIES-U.S. bond yields flat as weak auction offsets FBI Comey's ouster
May 10, 2017 / 6:40 PM / 7 months ago

TREASURIES-U.S. bond yields flat as weak auction offsets FBI Comey's ouster

    * Comey firing raises worries about Trump's economic agenda
    * Treasuries bids diminish after poor 10-year note sale
    * U.S. 10-year yield retests 5-week high
    * Fed's Rosengren sees possibly three more rate hikes in

 (Updates market action, adds quote)
    By Richard Leong
    NEW YORK, May 10 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury yields were
little changed on Wednesday as a weak 10-year note auction
offset concerns about a political storm over U.S. President
Donald Trump's firing of the FBI director that could hinder his
economic agenda. 
    U.S. bond yields fell overnight in reaction to Trump's
abrupt dismissal of FBI Director James Comey late Tuesday. It
drew a storm of criticism, mostly from Democrats, that the move
was aimed at blunting the agency's probe into the Trump
presidential campaign's possible collusion with Russia to sway
last year's election.
    The yield drop faded following below-average investor demand
at a $23 billion 10-year note sale, the second leg of $62
billion quarterly refunding supply this week with benchmark
yields retesting a five-week high reached on Tuesday.

    "It's all taken in stride at this point," Bill Northey,
chief investment officer at the private client group of U.S.
Bank in Helena, Montana, said of Comey's firing. "This is about
the Fed and inflation levels."
    Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren said on Wednesday the
central bank should raise rates three more times in 2017 and
start reducing its $4.5 trillion balance sheet.
    Interest rates futures implied traders saw an 83 percent
chance that the Fed would raise its benchmark overnight rate by
a quarter of a percentage point to a range of 1.00 percent to
1.25 percent at its June 13-14 policy meeting,
compared with 88 percent on Tuesday, according to CME Group's
FedWatch program.
    Earlier Wednesday, the Labor Department said U.S. import
prices grew 0.5 percent in April, which was above forecast and
marked a fifth straight month of increases.    
    Competition from a growing pipeline of higher-yielding
corporate bonds also put upward pressure on Treasury yields.
Companies have raised more than $23 billion with
investment-grade bonds so far this week, according to IFR, a
Thomson Reuters unit.
    The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield touched
2.416 percent, a five-week high already struck on Tuesday. It
was last at 2.407 percent, little changed on the day.
    The 30-year bond yield declined 1 basis point to
3.031 percent. It was below 3.047 percent set on Tuesday, which
was its highest level since March 31.
May 10 Wednesday 2:12PM New York / 1812 GMT
 US T BONDS JUN7               150-20/32    -0-4/32   
 10YR TNotes JUN7              124-212/256  0         
                               Price        Current   Net
                                            Yield %   Change
 Three-month bills             0.885        0.8993    -0.016
 Six-month bills               1.0175       1.037     0.003
 Two-year note                 99-204/256   1.3548    0.000
 Three-year note               99-206/256   1.5669    -0.003
 Five-year note                99-184/256   1.9346    0.000
 Seven-year note               98-152/256   2.2188    0.000
 10-year note                  98-160/256   2.4087    0.002
 30-year bond                  99-80/256    3.0351    -0.004
   DOLLAR SWAP SPREADS                                
                               Last (bps)   Net       
 U.S. 2-year dollar swap        25.00        -2.00    
 U.S. 3-year dollar swap        20.25        -3.50    
 U.S. 5-year dollar swap         6.25        -1.75    
 U.S. 10-year dollar swap       -8.75        -1.50    
 U.S. 30-year dollar swap      -46.50        -1.25    


 (Reporting by Richard Leong; Editing by Nick Zieminski and
Chizu Nomiyama)

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