U.S. Treasury prices rose early Wednesday, pushing yields lower, after resurfacing fears around a Trump trade deal weighed on equities, stoking appetite for government bonds.
What are Treasurys doing?
The 10-year Treasury note yield TMUBMUSD10Y, -0.87% slipped 2.8 basis points to 2.092%, while the 2-year note rate TMUBMUSD02Y, +0.24% was down 1.2 basis points to 1.850%. The 30-year bond yield TMUBMUSD30Y, -0.63% fell 2.4 basis points to 2.608%. Debt prices move in the opposite direction of yields.
What’s driving Treasurys?
Investor sentiment in risk assets struggled to rebound amid trade policy concerns, following President Donald Trump’s remarks on Tuesday saying he could raise tariffs on China if he wanted.
European and Asian equities were mixed. Futures for the S&P 500 ESU19, -0.02% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average YMU19, -0.11% were trading slightly higher after Tuesday’s fall.
In economic data, housing starts for June will be released at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.
As for the Federal Reserve, Kansas City Fed President Esther George will speak at 12:30 p.m. The U.S. central bank will also release its Beige Book at 2 p.m., a snapshot of business conditions around the country.
China’s holding of Treasurys fell by $2.8 billion in May to $1.11 trillion, a two-year low, even as Japan raised its holdings by $37 billion to 1.10 trillion, according to the Treasury International Capitol report.
What did market participants’ say?
“U.S. equities are struggling for direction as investors weigh President Trump’s latest tariff threat to China, Fed chair Powell’s dovish reiterations, and a mix bag of earnings results,” wrote Edward Moya, senior market analyst for Oanda.
“Trump’s comments are likely to be political posturing that is aimed at putting more pressure on coming through on their promise to make more purchase of US agricultural products,” said Moya.
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