US Treasurys mixed ahead of key House vote on health care

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U.S. government debt prices were mixed on Thursday as investors eyed data and the House's vote on a bill that could repeal and replace Obamacare.

Investors have been keeping a close eye on the vote as a prolonged battle on the health-care front could delay market-friendly measures, including tax reform and fiscal stimulus.

Expectations for such policies had been a boon for the stock market's postelection rally.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note was slightly higher at around 2.414 percent, while the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond held flat at 3.026 percent. Yields move inversely to prices.


In economic news, weekly jobless claims rose by 15,000 to 258,000, above the expected print of 240,000. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen spoke at a conference in Washington, D.C., but did not comment on monetary policy.

New home sales hit a seven-month high last month, rising 6.1 percent to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 592,000, topping expectations.

In oil markets, Brent crude traded at around $50.60 a barrel on Thursday, down 0.08 percent, while U.S. crude was around $47.74 a barrel, down 0.62 percent.

—CNBC's Fred Imbert contributed to this report.