U.S. government debt prices rose on Friday as investors digested the release of September manufacturing activity and comments from Fed speakers.
The September read on the Markit Manufacturing Flash PMI came in at 51.4, below the August read of 52.0. IHS Markit, the firm that released the data, said that the September number marked seven years of continuous growth in manufacturing, but that the "headline index was below the average seen over this period (54.0) and remained close to the post-crisis low recorded in May (50.7)."
The data was released after the euro zone PMI showed that business activity in the 19-country region fell to 52.6 in September versus 52.9 in August and below market expectations.
"After falling into contraction in August as measured by the ISM survey, the September data looks no better. The NY and Philly manufacturing indices seen last week imply another below 50 print and this Markit report reflects relatively stagnant activity," said Peter Boockvar, chief market analyst at The Lindsey Group.