November 29, 2017 / 9:17 PM / in a year

TREASURIES-U.S. yields rise after upbeat Yellen, strong growth data

    * Fed's Yellen cites strong U.S. growth as driving inflation
    * U.S. pending homes sales stronger than expected
    * Weakness in UK, Europe also weighs on Treasuries

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    By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss
    NEW YORK, Nov 29 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury yields rose
across most maturities on Wednesday bolstered by upbeat remarks
on the economy by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and data
showing stronger than expected U.S. economic growth for the
third quarter.
    U.S. 10-year note and 30-year bond yields, which move
inversely to prices, climbed to two-week highs, while those on
two-year notes advanced to a more than one-week peak after
hitting a nine-year high last week.
    Cheng Chen, interest rates strategist at TD Securities in
New York, attributed the rise in yields to Yellen's hawkish
    "Yellen was kind of optimistic about the economy," said
Chen. "She's basically saying that strong growth would drive
inflation higher and I think that's one of the drivers for the
market moves today."
    In what may be one of her last public appearances before
leaving the Fed chair early next year, Yellen said on Wednesday
a strengthening U.S. economy will warrant continued interest
rate increases. She made the remarks before U.S. congressional
    Data showing that U.S. gross domestic product expanded at a
3.3 percent annual rate in the third quarter further boosted
yields. That was the quickest pace of U.S. growth in three
years, as increases in business investment in inventories and
equipment offset a moderation in consumer spending.
    U.S. pending home sales rose a stronger-than-expected 3.5
percent in October, suggesting a housing sector on a stable path
to recovery.
    Justin Lederer, Treasury analyst at Cantor Fitzgerald in New
York, said Wednesday's positive data certainly "played a part"
in the selloff in Treasuries.
    In late trading, the 10-year Treasury yield was
up at 2.379 percent, from 2.337 percent late on Tuesday. It hit
a two-week high of 2.395 percent.
    U.S. two-year yields, which climbed to a
nine-year peak last week, were at 1.762 percent from 1.758
percent on Tuesday. Two-year yields, the most sensitive maturity
to rate hike expectations, touched a one-week peak of 1.778
    U.S. 30-year bond yields were up at 2.818
percent from Tuesday's 2.765 percent. Earlier, 30-year yields
hit a two-week high of 2.837 percent. 
    Cantor's Lederer said the market found buyers "at the
bottom" and had stabilized in the afternoon session.
    Tom di Galoma, managing director at Seaport Global Holdings
in New York also attributed part of the selling in Treasuries
that bolstered yields to the sell-off in UK bonds.
    British 10-year government bond yields rose by
the most in a day since June, lifted  by reports Britain was
close to a deal with the European Union on how much it needs to
pay to exit the bloc.
      November 29 Wednesday 4:07PM New York / 2107 GMT
 US T BONDS DEC7               153-8/32     -1-1/32   
 10YR TNotes DEC7              124-168/256  -0-80/25  
                               Price        Current   Net
                                            Yield %   Change
 Three-month bills             1.27         1.2918    -0.005
 Six-month bills               1.425        1.4553    0.007
 Two-year note                 99-250/256   1.762     0.004
 Three-year note               99-172/256   1.8644    0.016
 Five-year note                99-138/256   2.0976    0.032
 Seven-year note               99-8/256     2.2755    0.046
 10-year note                  98-216/256   2.381     0.044
 30-year bond                  98-148/256   2.8206    0.056
   DOLLAR SWAP SPREADS                                
                               Last (bps)   Net       
 U.S. 2-year dollar swap        17.75         0.50    
 U.S. 3-year dollar swap        17.50         0.25    
 U.S. 5-year dollar swap         6.00        -0.50    
 U.S. 10-year dollar swap       -1.00         0.00    
 U.S. 30-year dollar swap      -24.00        -0.50    
 (Reporting by Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss; Editing by Andrew Hay
and Susan Thomas)
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