US Treasury yields fall as North Korea tensions remain

U.S. Treasury yields fell on Thursday, as investors tried to shrug off the geopolitical tensions surrounding North Korea and the U.S.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note sat lower at 2.201 percent at 3:48 p.m. ET, its lowest level since June 28. The yield on the 30-year Treasury bond was also lower at 2.778 percent. Bond yields move inversely to prices.


President Donald Trump on Thursday ramped up his rhetoric on North Korea again, saying his warning of bringing "fire and fury" on the isolated nation may not have been tough enough.

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump said that North Korea would face "fire and fury" if it continued to threaten the States, however North Korea has dismissed these warnings by the U.S. incumbent as a "load of nonsense", according to Reuters.

North Korea also went on to detail plans of a missile strike near the U.S. island territory of Guam, with the state run media agency KCNA stating that the North's army would be able to finalize its plans by mid-August; Reuters added.

In the data space, the Producer Price Index (PPI) fell 0.1 percent versus expectations of a 0.1 percent increase, the biggest drop in nearly a year, according to Reuters.

Though the correlation between the PPI and the consumer price index has fallen, last month's drop in producer prices could caution the Federal Reserve, which is looking to gradually raise interest rates and curtail its balance sheet.

In other data news, the U.S. weekly jobless claims totaled 244,000 versus 240,000 estimated.

The Treasury Department auctioned $15 billion in 30-year bonds at a high yield of 2.818 percent.
The bid-to-cover ratio, an indicator of demand, was 2.32.

Indirect bidders, which include major central banks, were awarded 66.8 percent. Direct bidders, which includes domestic money managers, bought 5.4 percent.

The Treasury Budget is expected to keep investors on their toes, with it set to be released at 2 p.m. ET.

Looking to commodities, oil prices lost earlier gains after official data revealed that U.S. crude inventories had fallen more than the market had anticipated, according to Reuters.

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