Treasury yields jumped on Thursday, led by the 1-month T-bill rate, after CNBC reported Dallas Fed President Lorie Logan saying that the data don’t yet justify a pause in rate hikes at the central bank’s June meeting.
- The 1-month T-bill rate jumped 11 basis points to 5.557%, according to FactSet data.
- The yield on the 2-year Treasury TMUBMUSD02Y,
4.228%rose 5.6 basis points to 4.212% from 4.156% on Wednesday.
- The yield on the 10-year Treasury TMUBMUSD10Y,
3.638%rose 4.4 basis points to 3.624% from 3.580% as of late Wednesday.
- The yield on the 30-year Treasury TMUBMUSD30Y,
3.911%was 3.9%, up 2.2 basis points from 3.878% Wednesday afternoon.
What’s driving markets
In remarks released an hour earlier than scheduled by CNBC, Logan said in a prepared speech to bankers in San Antonio that “after raising the target range for the federal funds rate at each of the last 10 FOMC meetings, we have made some progress.”
Data in coming weeks “could yet show that it is appropriate to skip a meeting. As of today, though, we aren’t there yet,” said Logan, a voting member this year of the rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee.
After Logan’s remarks, markets priced in a 39% probability that the Fed will hike interest rates by a quarter-of-a-percentage point to between 5.25% and 5.5% on June 14, according to the CME FedWatch tool. Fed funds futures traders also saw a 35.2% likelihood that the fed funds rate target would stay in that range in July.
U.S. economic data released on Thursday showed that weekly initial jobless claims sank to 242,000 in mid-May from 264,000 in the prior week, and the Philadelphia Fed’s gauge of regional business activity had its ninth straight negative reading last month. Meanwhile, existing home sales fell 3.4% in April to an annual rate of 4.28 million and the Conference Board’s U.S. leading economic index dropped 0.6% last month, extending its streak of declines.
Easing anxiety about the U.S. regional banking sector was seen as curtailing flows into perceived havens, such as government bonds, with investors reasoning that calmer conditions in the financial sector should allowed the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates high for longer.
What strategists are saying
“The latest Fedspeak has left the door open to a possible hike in June while pushing back against cuts in 2023; such hawkish resolve is bearish for inflation protection,” said BMO Capital Markets strategists Ben Jeffery and Ian Lyngen.
“Additionally, investors may be hesitant to add real rate exposure before Powell speaks on Friday and likely reiterates his commitment to restoring price stability at all costs,” they wrote in a note.