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As of this writing on Monday, the 10-year Treasury was yielding 2.98%, very close to the key 3% level it has not seen in more than four years. There is also an increased demand for higher risk assets, which has helped support the USA dollar as investors are more reassured as geopolitical tensions ease.
"Over the past two months European Central Bank rate hike expectations have corrected lower and [EUROZONE] rates have retreated significantly from their February highs", said Norbert Aul, a strategist at UBS, who noted that "confidence in an ever-stronger growth momentum has been dented", resulting in euro yields finding "a floor". On Tuesday, U.S. markets finished in the red, with the Dow closing down more than 400 points, while on Wednesday, markets in Europe and Asia were both trading deep in the red.
The dollar was little changed at 109.360 yen after going as high as 109.490, its strongest since February 8. Yields move inversely to prices.
"The equity markets slid sharply in January and March in response to the rise in Treasury yields". The department also said it could change its stance on sanctions against the Russian aluminum company if billionaire businessman Oleg Deripaska gives up control. If rates hang out around 3 percent, that's fine. West Texas oil rose past $69 a barrel amid flaring geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and expectations for a decline in US crude stockpiles.
Besides that, financial markets will take into account where the core US inflation rate is headed for.
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Semiconductor stocks continued their slide from last week as another chipmaker reported weak earnings. NY time, the highest in more than 11 weeks.
The MSCI Emerging Market Index decreased less than 0.05 percent to the lowest in nearly three weeks.
Wall Street ended mixed on Monday as concerns about soft smartphone demand weighed on tech stocks and pulled the Nasdaq lower while earnings optimism protected against deeper losses. The fall extends a seven-day weakening that started on April 17, when it opened at 18.002 pesos to the dollar.
All eyes will be on scandal-hit social media firm Facebook FB.O , down 0.3 percent, when it reports results after the closing bell. France's CAC40 rose 0.5%, Germany's DAX increased 0.25% and the UK's FTSE 100 was up 0.4%.
Against the yen, the United States dollar eased 0.1 per cent to 109.38 yen. Yields have also risen at the short end of the curve, with the USA 2-year yield having reached a high of 2.483 per cent this week, the highest since September 2008. Watch out when the 10-year yield will rise through 3 percent.
Rogoff believes that at four per cent for the U.S. 10-year bond, pension funds around the world start to immunise their portfolios. Brent crude, used to price global oils, gained 0.9 percent to $74.71 per barrel in London. At present Bloomberg's survey indicates that the market expects growth to have slowed to 2.0 percent q/q annualized from 2.9 percent in Q4.