By Sunny Oh
U.S. Treasury yields rose on Monday as investors eyed negotiations over a coronavirus aid relief package and the growing odds of a Democratic sweep in the November presidential election.
The 10-year Treasury note yield /zigman2/quotes/211347051/realtime BX:TMUBMUSD10Y +6.64% rose 1.7 basis points to 0.760%, while the 2-year note rate /zigman2/quotes/211347045/realtime BX:TMUBMUSD02Y -2.49% was up 0.2 basis point to 0.145%. The 30-year bond yield /zigman2/quotes/211347052/realtime BX:TMUBMUSD30Y +5.07% picked up 1.9 basis points to 1.547%. Bond prices move inversely to yields.
On the outlook for fiscal stimulus, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday was the deadline for any deal before the Nov. 3 presidential election. Analysts cited hopes for a new coronavirus aid relief package for the inflows into haven assets.
But there remained doubt over what the path to a viable stimulus bill might look like, with both Democrats and Republicans both remaining far apart on the size of an eventual package.
Some also suggested the bond market was reacting more to polls showing Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s rising lead over President Donald Trump. The concern is a wide margin of victory for Biden could usher in more government spending and a flood of new debt issuance that could stoke inflationary pressures, pushing yields higher.
China’s gross domestic product expanded by 4.9% in the third quarter from a year earlier. Though, the numbers fell short of analysts’ predictions, China’s rebound is outpacing many major economies that are still contending with the specter of COVID-19.
Investors hope China’s recovery could help drive global economic growth in the difficult months ahead.
“ With a little more than two weeks left until Election Day, the markets are either not paying attention or have resigned themselves to an outcome that could change history. I am not sure that the idea of a potential ‘blue wave’ has fully resonated with investors right now,” said Kevin Giddis, chief fixed-income strategist at Raymond James.
“If the Democrats win the White House and Congress, then there is a high likelihood that things will change for investors and companies that may be more costly than the market is expecting,” said Giddis.