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Fluctuating Treasury Yields and Monetary Policy Expectations: A Market Outlook

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 2, 2024
Investors analyze U.S. Treasury yields amidst economic data scrutiny

On Tuesday, the 10-year Treasury note yield rose, continuing its upward trend from the previous session, as traders reconsidered the possibility of the Federal Reserve cutting rates in June. The benchmark rate increased by more than 3 basis points to 4.361%, reaching its highest level since November 28 and briefly breaking above 4.4%. Conversely, the 2-year Treasury note yield decreased by nearly 3 basis points to 4.691%.

Yields and prices move in opposite directions, with one basis point equaling 0.01%. This latest movement in Treasury yields followed news that manufacturing in the U.S. expanded for the first time in 17 months. The Institute for Supply Management reported that the ISM manufacturing index rose to 50.3, up from 47.8 in February and surpassing the Dow Jones consensus estimate of 48.1. A reading above 50 indicates growth as it measures the percentage of companies reporting expansion against contraction.

Market odds for a June rate cut, as indicated by fed futures trading, have decreased to around 58.8% from about 70% a week ago. Investors are now more cautious about the direction of rate cuts in the future following the unexpected return of manufacturing growth in the U.S. Dutch bank ING noted that markets interpreted this growth as reducing the likelihood of significant Fed rate cuts due to concerns over inflation and labor market conditions.

Last month, when interest rates were left unchanged for five consecutive times, there was an expectation that they would be reduced at least once this year due to slowing economic growth and falling inflationary pressures.

The Fed maintained its benchmark overnight borrowing rate within a range of 5.25%-5.5%, indicating that it is unlikely to make any sudden changes to monetary policy anytime soon.

Overall, while investors remain cautious about future rate cuts given recent economic data and concerns over inflation and labor market conditions, they continue to anticipate three quarter-percentage point cuts by year’s end based on current market pricing expectations.

In summary, on Tuesday, yields on government bonds fluctuated based on new information regarding manufacturing growth and monetary policy expectations from central banks globally including Federal Reserve cut rates possibility or not cutting them at all which has led investors reassess their position on interest rates moving forward with cautious optimism about future economic conditions while keeping an eye out for potential surprises down

By Samantha Nguyen

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