Treasury yields ahead of release of key inflation data

US Treasury yields ticked downward on Tuesday as traders prepared for key inflation figures due out later this week.

The 2-year dropped 6 basis points to trade at 3.0078% but remained above the 10-year Treasury, which dropped 6 basis points to 2.9225%, dropping back below the 3% mark. The yield on the 30-year Treasury bond traded 5 basis points lower at 3.1257%. Yields move inversely to prices, and a base point is equal to 0.01%.

Markets are awaiting key inflation data this week. June’s consumer price index, scheduled for release Wednesday, is forecast to show headline inflation rising above May’s 8.6% level. That inflation figure also applies to energy and food.

All three major US stock indexes closed in negative territory Monday.

The National Federation of Independent Business Optimism Index for June, which focuses on small businesses, is set to be published Tuesday, as is the IBD / TIPP Economic Optimism Index, which is the earliest monthly survey of consumer confidence.

The US will also be releasing its Redbook for July, a sales-weighted record of year-on-year growth among a selection of large retailers representing some 9,000 stores. The 52-week bill is set for auction Tuesday.

Friday’s June employment report showed jobs growing at a faster rate than expected. Nonfarm payrolls increased 372,000 last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Economists predicted the US economy would add 250,000 jobs, according to the Dow Jones.

President Joe Biden is beginning his Middle East trip, which will include a visit to Saudi Arabia and meetings with OPEC leaders in an effort to push for higher oil production to ease prices.

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will meet with Japanese Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki on Tuesday to discuss further sanctions against Russia for its war in Ukraine.

Gold hit its lowest level since late September as the dollar reached a two-decade high, trading at $ 1,732.40 per ounce at 8:30 am in London.

On Friday, yields had jumped following the jobs report, on the assumption that the US Federal Reserve will be more aggressive with its rate-hiking path.

—CNBC’s Samantha Subin and Matt Clinch contributed to this report.

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