TREASURIES-U.S. yields plunge on fears virus variant to hamper progress

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 (Provides Treasury auctions later in week, COVID-19 case knowledge)
    By Herbert Lash
    NEW YORK, July 19 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury bond yields
tumbled to five-month lows on Monday because the fast enhance in
new coronavirus circumstances sparked fears world progress would sluggish and
hamper the reopening of economies.
    The typical variety of new U.S. COVID-19 circumstances per day has
tripled previously 30 days, in line with an evaluation of Reuters
knowledge. Within the month from June 18 to Sunday, it climbed from
12,004 to 32,136.
    New circumstances, hospitalizations and deaths as a result of Delta
variant have been on the rise in current weeks however markets
general solely reacted on Monday.
    "This appears to be like like a world flight to high quality/risk-off occasion,"
stated Scott Buchta, head of fastened earnings technique at Brean
Capital in Chicago. 
    "The pace to the transfer down in yields nearly mirrors the
tempo at which yields moved increased in February and March – too
far, too quick," he stated in an e-mail. 
    The yield on benchmark 10-year notes fell 12.2
foundation factors to 1.177%, near the session's low of 1.176%, a
stage final seen in February. 
    Yields on the 30-year Treasury bond slid 11.8
foundation factors to 1.812% as inventory markets worldwide fell whereas the
safe-haven greenback and Swiss franc rose in a flight to security. 
    The basic drivers of the bond market level to yields
shifting increased, not decrease, stated Stan Shipley, macro analysis
analyst at Evercore ISI in New York.
    "However the wild card that we have needed to take care of for the final
yr and a half is the coronavirus and now the variant," he
stated. "Most knowledge on the variant sadly is deteriorating,
so persons are scrambling for security till they will work out
what's occurring."
    The Delta variant's unfold has sparked risk-aversion,
pushing U.S. and European bond yields decrease and leaving shares
going through their longest dropping streak because the pandemic first hit
world markets 18 months in the past.
    Fed Fund futures, a broadly used safety for hedging
short-term rate of interest danger, confirmed the possibilities of the Federal
Reserve mountaineering charges in December 2022 dropped to 58% from 90% on
July 13, when the U.S. shopper value index was launched.
    The probability that the Fed hikes charges in January 2023 fell
to 70% from 100% final Tuesday, whereas futures now are totally
pricing in a hike in March 2023.
    Japanese shares fell for a fourth straight session because the
variant hit sentiment, England's "freedom day" ending COVID-19
lockdowns was marred by surging infections and Australian
officers stated Victoria state would prolong a lockdown to sluggish
the variant's unfold.
    "That is the sentiment that is driving the charges market as we speak
- the expectation that possibly we'll slip again somewhat bit after
all of the progress we have made," stated Gennadiy Goldberg, curiosity
price strategist at TD Securities in New York.
    A carefully watched a part of the U.S. Treasury yield curve
measuring the hole between yields on two- and 10-year Treasury
notes, seen as an indicator of financial
expectations, was at 96.8 foundation factors. 
    The 2-year U.S. Treasury yield, which generally
strikes in keeping with rate of interest expectations, was down 1.9
foundation factors at 0.208%. 
    The breakeven price on five-year U.S. Treasury
Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) was final at
2.448%.
    The ten-year TIPS breakeven price was final at
2.257%, indicating the market sees inflation averaging simply
below 2.3% a yr for the following decade.
    The U.S. Treasury will public sale $24 billion of 20-year bonds
on Wednesday and $16 billion of 10-year TIPS on Thursday. 
    
July 19 Monday 3:03PM New York / 1903 GMT
                               Value        Present   Web
                                            Yield %   Change
                                                      (bps)
 Three-month payments             0.045        0.0456    0.000
 Six-month payments               0.0475       0.0482    -0.003
 Two-year notice                 99-215/256   0.2075    -0.019
 Three-year notice               100          0.375     -0.055
 5-year notice                100-234/256  0.6867    -0.091
 Seven-year notice               101-240/256  0.9609    -0.110
 10-year notice                  104-36/256   1.1772    -0.122
 20-year bond                  108-168/256  1.7321    -0.124
 30-year bond                  112-236/256  1.8121    -0.118
                                                      
   DOLLAR SWAP SPREADS                                
                               Final (bps)   Web       
                                            Change    
                                            (bps)     
 U.S. 2-year greenback swap         7.00        -0.75    
 unfold                                               
 U.S. 3-year greenback swap         8.25        -1.75    
 unfold                                               
 U.S. 5-year greenback swap         6.00        -1.75    
 unfold                                               
 U.S. 10-year greenback swap       -2.75        -1.50    
 unfold                                               
 U.S. 30-year greenback swap      -31.50        -1.50    
 unfold (Reporting by Herbert Lash; Further reporting by Karen
Brettell, Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss in New York and Karen Pierog
in Chicago; Enhancing by Kirsten Donovan, Dan Grebler and Andrea
Ricci)
  

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