Treasury Division returns are unchanged forward of Fed Chairman Powell’s speech

U.S. Treasury Department yields fluctuated Wednesday morning ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell later that day.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose slightly to 1.043% at 4 a.m. ET, while the yield on the 30-year Treasury note rose to 1.803%. The returns move inversely to the prices.

US Treasury bond yields remained stable at the start of the trading session and Powell is expected to provide an overview of the economic outlook and central bank monetary policy in the face of the pandemic.

Many investors hope Powell and his colleagues will stay away from the word “tapering,” the process by which the central bank would curb its monthly bond purchases, which has helped keep the cash financial system going and encouraged investors to do so To take risks despite the rich equity reviews.

The Fed is expected to release its rate decision at 2:00 p.m. ET. Powell is expected to speak to reporters at 2:30 p.m. ET.

The introduction of coronavirus vaccines helped improve the International Monetary Fund’s global economic outlook, released Tuesday. The IMF is now forecasting global economic growth of 5.5% in 2021, 0.3% more than forecast in October.

December dates for durable goods orders are expected to be released on Wednesday at 8:30 am CET.

The weekly MSRP inventory change data for Gasoline, Crude Oil, Cushing Crude Oil, and Distillate will then be released at 10:30 am EST.

Auctions will be conducted Wednesday for 105-day bills worth $ 25 billion, 154-day bills worth $ 30 billion, and 2-year floating rate notes worth $ 28 billion.

– CNBC’s Thomas Franck contributed to this report.

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