U.S. Treasuries fall on fresh virus concerns

By: Michael Harris
Michael Harris
Specialising in economics by academia, with a passion for financial trading, Michael Harris has been a regular contributor to… read more.
on Dec 24, 2020
  • News about a new and a more transmissible coronavirus variant in the United Kingdom pushed yields lower
  • Fresh concerns over a new COVID-19 strain which boosted demand for government bonds
  • US10Y is trading 0.7% lower today or 0.87% in the red on a weekly basis

The U.S. 10-year Treasury yield is trading moderately lower this week on fresh concerns over a new COVID-19 strain which boosted demand for government bonds.

Fundamental analysis: Risk sentiment volatile

Reports about a new and a more transmissible coronavirus variant in the United Kingdom spooked investors earlier this week. The U.K. PM Boris Johnson said that the better part of the country is set to face stricter lockdown measures during Christmas holidays, while a number of other nations have immediately closed their borders to Britain. 

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Investors were concerned that risks of new lockdowns and business shutdowns could curb the economic recovery in Europe, leading them to invest in safe-haven assets like U.S. Treasurys.

“Presumably the flight-to-quality would have been even more significant had it not been for Congress’s $900 bn pandemic relief bill which is set for a Monday vote by both the House and the Senate,” said Ian Lyngen, rates strategist at BMO Capital Markets.

“There is little question that the current price action represents the market’s kneejerk response to the actualization of a key pandemic risk on the path to the new normal – i.e. new strain of the pathogen,” he added.

On the other hand, the risk sentiment was boosted by news that Congress lawmakers finally came to an agreement over a new coronavirus aid package after months of negotiations.

The lawmakers had agreed over a $900 billion aid package which is expected to be voted on Monday, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Technical analysis: Yields fall

US10Y is trading 0.7% lower today or 0.87% in the red on a weekly basis. Overall, the price action has continued to trade mostly sideways after coming close to trading at 1% for the first time since March. 

10-Year Treasury Yields (TradingView)

In theory, the 10-year Treasury yield is closely watched as an indicator of broader investor confidence. 

Summary

U.S. Treasuries fell on Monday on the news about a new, more transmissible coronavirus variant in the United Kingdom, driving investors to buy safe-haven assets.

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