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U.S. Treasury Prices Inch Higher

U.S. Treasury Prices Inch Higher


 By Akane Otani 

U.S. government bond prices inched higher Wednesday, heading toward their second-consecutive day of gains.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note was recently at 2.326%, according to Tradeweb, compared with 2.332% on Tuesday. Yields fall as bond prices rise.

Bond yields fell overnight, then ticked higher after data showed hiring at private U.S. employers grew less than expected in September. Firms across the country added 135,000 workers to their ranks last month, according to payroll processor Automatic Data Processing Inc. and forecasting firm Moody's Analytics, compared with the 150,000 economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had expected.

Some analysts cautioned against taking too much stock in the day's ADP reading. The data can be volatile, they said, and not always a reliable predictor of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' widely watched monthly jobs report, which investors will get a look at Friday.

Economists are expecting to see nonfarm payrolls rise by 80,000 in September, down from 156,000 the prior month.

A weaker-than-expected jobs report could stoke demand for government bonds, which tend to rise when investors are less confident about the economic environment.

Still, others remain skeptical of a dramatic move in Treasurys anytime soon.

Bond yields have remained in a relatively narrow range in recent months, even as investors have contended with the prospect of a tax-cut package and a potential change in leadership at the Federal Reserve next year.

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