Treasury yields climb as investors eye key inflation data – CNBC

Treasury yields climbed on Wednesday after consumer price data showed hotter-than-expected inflation.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note gained 5 basis points, rising to 1.48%. The yield on the 30-year Treasury bond rose 2 basis point to 1.84%. Yields move inversely to prices and 1 basis point is equal to 0.01%.

The consumer price index, which is a basket of products ranging from gasoline and health care to groceries and rents, rose 6.2% from a year ago, hitting its highest level since December 1990. That also came higher than the 5.9% Dow Jones estimate.

On a monthly basis, the CPI increased 0.9% against the 0.6% estimate.

The data comes as the Federal Reserve has begun talking about normalizing monetary policy, starting with tapering its asset purchases by the end of the month. Investor attention is now turning to when the Fed will look to raise interest rates.

“‘Overall, it was a troubling read on inflation for the Fed’s baseline assumption that consumer prices will moderate in 2022,” Ian Lyngen, BMO’s head of U.S. rates, said in a note. “Since the release, we’ve seen the 3 year sector lead the downtrade as investors bring forward rate hike expectations assuming the Fed will need to normalize policy rates sooner rather than later.”

Auctions are due to be held on Wednesday for $10 billion of four-week bills, $25 billion of eight-week bills, $40 billion of 119-day bills and $25 billion of 30-year bonds.

CNBC’s Yun Li and Tanaya Macheel contributed to this market report.

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