By Sunny Oh
U.S. Treasury yields rose Wednesday as equities markets rallied on reports of progress on a coronvirus vaccine from two pharmaceutical companies that raise the chances of an economic recovery from the pandemic.
What are Treasurys doing?
The 10-year Treasury note yield /zigman2/quotes/211347051/realtime BX:TMUBMUSD10Y +3.76% rose 1.5 basis points to 0.629%, while the 2-year note rate /zigman2/quotes/211347045/realtime BX:TMUBMUSD02Y +3.43% was flat at 0.153%. The 30-year bond yield /zigman2/quotes/211347052/realtime BX:TMUBMUSD30Y +2.85% climbed 2.8 basis points to 1.330%, marking its biggest daily jump in three weeks.
What’s driving Treasurys?
The bond market followed the stock market’s tune as the S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +1.01% index and Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +1.21% rose, weighing on demand for government debt.
Global equities were buoyed after Moderna Inc. /zigman2/quotes/205619834/composite MRNA +2.75% said its coronavirus vaccine candidate produced a “robust” immune-system response in a larger group of people and that the study would move to a decisive clinical trial in July.
Also U.K. television broadcaster ITV reported on speculation around potentially positive developments for an Oxford vaccine candidate backed by AstraZeneca PLC /zigman2/quotes/203048482/delayed UK:AZN +0.29% /zigman2/quotes/200304487/composite AZN +1.36% .
On Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he was “cautiously optimistic” about the development of a coronavirus vaccine.
However, tensions between U.S. and China continued to heat up. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump late Tuesday said he signed a bipartisan bill sanctioning China for its security crackdown on Hong Kong as well as an executive order to hold China accountable for “oppressive actions” against the former British colony’s people. Trump also said he had signed an order ending U.S. preferential treatment for Hong Kong. China said it would impose retaliatory sanctions against U.S. individuals and entities, news reports said .
In U.S. economic data, business activity in New York State increased in July for the first time since the pandemic began in March, according to the New York Fed’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey released Wednesday. The Empire State business conditions index rose to 17.2 in July from negative 0.2 in the prior month. A reading above to zero indicates improving conditions.
In other data, U.S. industrial production surged by 5.4% in June, the second straight gain after a steep drop in March and April. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book reported economic activity increased in almost all 12 districts, but remained well below where it was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
What did market participants’ say?
”The mirrored trading of stocks and bonds is a testament to the crucial role that sentiment continues to play in determining the intraday moves in financial markets,” said Jon Hill, an interest-rate strategist at BMO Capital Markets, in a note.