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Treasury yields rise slightly after better-than-expected jobless claims

Treasury yields edged higher on Thursday as data showed weekly jobless claims dipped below one million for the first time since March.

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The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose one basis point to 0.684%, while the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond was also higher at 1.368%. Yields move inversely to prices.

First-time claims for unemployment insurance came in at 963,000 last week, marking the fist time the total fell below 1 million since March 21. Economists polled by Dow Jones estimated a number of 1.1 million.

"Treasury yields increased slightly in response the data," Jon Hill, BMO's rates strategist, said in a note. "Much has been made about supply this week driving rates higher, but it's worth emphasizing the fundamental backing for the move as NFP, PPI, CPI, and claims have all come in better than expected."

The U.S. 10-year note had climbed to a high of 0.691% in the previous session, hitting its highest level since July 7. The 30-year bond rose to a high of 1.384% on Wednesday, its highest level since July 9, before paring gains.

Meanwhile, investors continue to assess the potential economic fallout in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Three policymakers from the U.S. Federal Reserve warned on Wednesday that economic growth would most likely be muted until the virus was contained, Reuters reported.

To date, more than 20.6 million people have contracted the Covid-19 infection worldwide, with 749,421 related deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The U.S. Treasury will auction $35 billion in 8-week bills, $30 billion in four-week bills and $26 billion in 30-year bonds on Thursday.

Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic and Fed Governor Lael Brainard are both scheduled to comment on the world's largest economy at separate virtual events on Thursday.