US Treasury yields rise after hawkish comments from NY Fed's Dudley

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U.S Treasurys fell Tuesday as investors digested hawkish remarks from a key Federal Reserve official and a speech from President Donald Trump.

New York Fed President William Dudley said he sees a rate hike in the "relatively near future" in an interview with CNN International.

The yield on benchmark 10-year Treasury notes was higher following the remarks near 2.4 percent from yesterday's close of 2.352 percent. The two-year note yield, which is more sensitive to monetary policy changes, spiked around 6 basis points to 1.256 percent.

Market expectations for a March rate hike rose to about 40 percent, according to the CME Group's FedWatch tool.


Meanwhile, investors are looking ahead to President Trump's speech to a joint session of Congress in the evening. He's expected to discuss his bigger plans for defense and stimulus spending. He's also expected to address repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, but markets are most interested in what he has to say about tax reform.

"Everyone is kind of holding back, waiting to hear what is said tonight," said Kathy Jones, chief fixed income strategist at Charles Schwab. "The key will potentially be what is said on taxes because that's what puts money in people's pockets."

Individual companies have also been paying close attention to Trump's tax plans. According to a survey from EY, 48 percent of U.S. companies believe the current tax environment has become more challenging in the past year.

"The current tax environment is the most challenging for companies in recent memory. Dramatic policy shifts across the globe, and an increasing lack of certainty are leaving many corporations wondering where to place bets and to cut losses," said Paul Hammes, EY global divestiture advisory services leader, in a Tuesday release.

There are also lots of data on the calendar. The second reading of Q4 GDP showed a 1.9 percent increase, unchanged from the first read and below an expected 2.1 percent rise.

Meanwhile, low inventory and mortgage rates pushed home prices 5.8 percent higher in December, up from November's 5.6 percent annual gain, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index.

Other data released Tuesday included consumer confidence for February, which hit its highest level since July 2001.

—CNBC's Patti Domm contributed to this report

Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that EY's survey found that U.S companies believe the tax environment has become more challenging over the past year.