June 7, 2019 / 2:30 PM / 3 months ago

TREASURIES-U.S. bond yields sag as weak jobs data fuels talk of Fed rate cuts

    * U.S. 10-year yields hit lowest since Sept 2017
    * End to global trade tension remain elusive
    * Futures imply traders see Fed cutting rates 75 bps by

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    By Richard Leong
    NEW YORK, June 7 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury yields tumbled on
Friday, with 10-year yields hitting their lowest since September
2017 as domestic employers hired far fewer workers than expected
in May, raising bets the Federal Reserve would lower interest
    Analysts blamed the pullback in hiring on escalating trade
tensions between the United States and its trading partners.
    The U.S. Labor Department said employers added 75,000
workers last month, well below the 185,000 projected by
economists polled by Reuters and a downwardly revised 224,000 in
    The weak payroll reading sparked buying in U.S. government
debt, fed by expectations the Federal Reserve might lower
short-term rates 75 basis points before year-end.
    "The Fed won’t react to one report, even one as important as
payrolls," Sal Guatieri, senior economist at BMO Capital
Markets, wrote in a research note. "But given the broadening
trade war, easing labour cost pressures (despite a tight labour
market) and already-low inflation, it won’t take much more
weakness in employment, in particular, to spur a rate cut."
    This week, a number of Fed officials including Chairman
Jerome Powell hinted they were open to lower interest rates to
preserve the U.S. expansion, which would be the longest in
history by this summer.
    Trade tensions remained high. The White House said its 5%
tariff on Mexican imports was on track for Monday.
    Chinese President Xi Jinping called for world powers to
protect the global multilateral trade system.
    At 10:09 a.m. (1409 GMT), yields on U.S. 10-year Treasury
notes were 5.60 basis points lower at 2.067%. They touched
2.053% after the payrolls report, their lowest since September
    Two-year yields were 7.80 basis points lower at
1.803%. They fell to 1.775%, which was just above their lowest
since December 2017.
June 7 Friday 10:10AM New York / 1410 GMT
 US T BONDS SEP9               154-23/32    38/32     
 10YR TNotes SEP9              127-108/256  16/32     
                               Price        Current   Net
                                            Yield %   Change
 Three-month bills             2.2125       2.2615    -0.052
 Six-month bills               2.1          2.1515    -0.072
 Two-year note                 100-160/256  1.801     -0.080
 Three-year note               101          1.773     -0.072
 Five-year note                100-222/256  1.8168    -0.066
 Seven-year note               101-42/256   1.9456    -0.058
 10-year note                  102-192/256  2.0671    -0.056
 30-year bond                  106-84/256   2.5706    -0.050
         YIELD CURVE           Last (bps)   Net       
 10-year vs 2-year yield       26.40        2.40      
 30-year vs 5-year yield       75.30        2.20      
   DOLLAR SWAP SPREADS                                
                               Last (bps)   Net       
 U.S. 2-year dollar swap         6.25         1.50    
 U.S. 3-year dollar swap         3.50         0.75    
 U.S. 5-year dollar swap         2.50         0.50    
 U.S. 10-year dollar swap       -2.00        -0.25    
 U.S. 30-year dollar swap      -27.75        -0.50    
 (Reporting by Richard Leong
Graphic by Matthew Weber; Editing by David Gregorio)
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