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US Bonds End Lower on 'Fiscal Cliff' Optimism

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U.S. Treasury debt extended early price losses on Monday following news that a majority of Senate Republicans are expected to support a tentative deal to at least temporarily avert the "fiscal cliff" of tax increases and government spending cuts.

The benchmark 10-year Treasury note closed 17/32 lower in price to yield 1.761 percent, up from 1.70 percent late Friday. The notes had been trading 10/32 lower in price just prior to the news.

The 30-year bond closed 1-9/32 lower in price to yield 2.951 percent.

The Treasury market closed early at 2 p.m. EST on Monday ahead of the New Year's Day holiday on Tuesday.

Treasurys prices rose last week as worries over the impact of the "fiscal cliff'' spurred safe-haven buying of U.S. government debt, but a few investors on Monday were betting the government could still come up with a plan to at least temporarily stave off some tax increases and spending cuts. (Read More: Hours From 'Fiscal Cliff,' Washington Still Awaits Deal)

The U.S. Congress comes back on Monday without a deal to avert the "fiscal cliff'' and only a few hours of actual legislative time scheduled in which to act if an agreement materializes.

"Talk of a last minute deal has driven the long-end more than half a point lower,'' said Richard Gilhooly, interest rates strategist at TD Securities in New York.

(Read More: Here's What Pimco's Bill Gross Sees Going Higher in 2013)

"Treasurys remain in a holding pattern as the market awaits the results of the budget debates,'' said David Ader, head of government bond strategy at CRT Capital Group in Stamford, Connecticut.

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