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Treasury yields rise to start the week

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U.S. Treasury yields rose Monday as investors looked ahead to next week’s Federal Reserve rate decision and a slew of economic data reports.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury was up by 4 basis points at 3.548%. The 2-year Treasury yield was last trading at around 4.307% after climbing by almost 3 basis points.

Yields and prices have an inverted relationship. One basis point is equivalent to 0.01%.

Investors are looking ahead to next week’s Federal Reserve December policy meeting, where the central bank is widely expected to hike rates by 50 basis points.

In the meantime, November’s ISM PMI report for non-manufacturing industries is due out Wednesday, with economists surveyed by Dow Jones expecting the data to fall to 53.7, indicating a slowdown of growth from October’s reading of 54.4. The figures reflect whether economic activity in these sectors is growing or contracting, and at what pace.

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Markets continue to assess a series of jobs reports published last week, including nonfarms payroll data, which showed that the U.S. economy added more jobs than expected in November. Average hourly earnings also rose more than economists had anticipated.

Tightness in the labor market has historically been closely linked to high levels of inflation. The Federal Reserve has been trying to push back against rising prices, which has led to four consecutive hikes of 75 basis points so far this year.

Source: CNBC

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