(Updates with market activity, auction results) By Ross Kerber Oct 27 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury yields fell on Tuesday and the yield curve was flatter as hopes faded for an imminent stimulus deal in Washington, while coronavirus infections surged. The benchmark 10-year yield was down 2.7 basis points in afternoon trading at 0.776%. President Donald Trump acknowledged that a coronavirus economic relief deal would likely come after the Nov. 3 election, with the White House unable to bridge differences with fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate as well as congressional Democrats. Major U.S. stock indexes extended declines from Monday as investors parsed through corporate earnings, took stock of rising coronavirus cases, and braced for volatility. Treasury yields started falling early Tuesday as equity prices rose, a trend that usually prompts a shift out of safe-haven government bonds. But policy factors seemed to play a bigger role, said Eric Jussaume, director of fixed income for Cambridge Trust. "The market wants some sort of stimulus. It's not getting it yet." The U.S Treasury sold $54 billion worth of 2-year notes in an auction whose results essentially matched market demand. Bids from primary dealers accounted for 32% of accepted bids, compared to 31.9% on average, according to a note from Ben Jeffery of BMO Capital Markets. A closely watched part of the U.S. Treasury yield curve measuring the gap between yields on two- and 10-year Treasury notes, seen as an indicator of economic expectations, was at 63 basis points, about 3 basis points lower than Monday's close and its lowest since Oct. 20. The two-year U.S. Treasury yield, which typically moves in step with interest rate expectations, was unchanged at 0.1494% in afternoon trading. October 27 Tuesday 2:41PM New York / 1841 GMT Price Current Net Yield % Change (bps) Three-month bills 0.095 0.0966 -0.002 Six-month bills 0.105 0.1065 -0.006 Two-year note 99-244/256 0.1494 0.000 Three-year note 99-210/256 0.1858 -0.005 Five-year note 99-152/256 0.3333 -0.016 Seven-year note 98-208/256 0.55 -0.023 10-year note 98-148/256 0.776 -0.027 20-year bond 96-112/256 1.3302 -0.030 30-year bond 95-120/256 1.5658 -0.028 DOLLAR SWAP SPREADS Last (bps) Net Change (bps) U.S. 2-year dollar swap 8.50 0.00 spread U.S. 3-year dollar swap 8.00 0.25 spread U.S. 5-year dollar swap 6.75 0.00 spread U.S. 10-year dollar swap 2.50 0.00 spread U.S. 30-year dollar swap -34.25 -0.25 spread (Reporting by Ross Kerber in Boston Editing by Nick Zieminski, Jonathan Oatis and Richard Chang)
Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.