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TREASURIES-U.S. bond market stutters on Cohn resignation rumor

(Updates market action, adds quote) NEW YORK, Aug 17 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury yields were little changed on Thursday as yields swung in a tight range due to uncertainty over U.S. President Donald Trump's economic agenda amid speculation that Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, would resign. Speculation about the departure of Cohn, who is seen leading the White House's effort on tax reform and is a front-runner to possibly succeed Janet Yellen as head of the U.S. Federal Reserve, came in the wake of President Donald Trump's defense of white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, last week. "That's seen as negative for the economy and the stock market," Karl Haeling, vice president at Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg in New York said if Cohn were to quit. Bonds yields fell on the rumor, reversing an earlier rise. They turned higher again after Jonathan Swan, a reporter at the news website Axios, on Twitter cited a source with direct knowledge as saying a rumor that Cohn is resigning was "100 (percent) false." A White House official said Cohn "intends to remain in his position." At 11:16 a.m. (1516 GMT), benchmark 10-year Treasury yield was 2.218 percent, down 0.7 basis point from late on Wednesday. It reached a session low of 2.208 percent in the aftermath of the Cohn rumor. On Wednesday, Trump dismantled two of his business advisory groups when several chief executives in those groups quit following Trump's remarks in which he blamed weekend violence in Virginia on both the anti-racism activists as well as white nationalists. The dismantling of the panels shook investor confidence in Trump's ability to enact the promises he made during his presidential campaign, in particular on tax reform.

August 17 Thursday 11:20AM New York / 1520 GMT Price

US T BONDS SEP7 155-8/32 0-6/32 10YR TNotes SEP7 126-140/256 0-8/256 Price Current Net Yield % Change

(bps)

Three-month bills 0.9825 0.9986 -0.015 Six-month bills 1.1025 1.124 -0.013 Two-year note 100-26/256 1.322 -0.008 Three-year note 100-14/256 1.4812 -0.003 Five-year note 100-116/256 1.7789 -0.002 Seven-year note 100-152/256 2.0329 -0.005 10-year note 100-68/256 2.2202 -0.005 30-year bond 98-240/256 2.8026 -0.004

DOLLAR SWAP SPREADS

Last (bps) Net

Change (bps)

U.S. 2-year dollar swap 26.75 1.25

spread

U.S. 3-year dollar swap 20.75 0.75

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U.S. 5-year dollar swap 7.50 0.25

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U.S. 10-year dollar swap -5.00 0.00

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U.S. 30-year dollar swap -33.75 0.00

spread

(Reporting by Richard Leong; Editing by Bernadette Baum)