Despite the Fed’s determination to stick with its easing program, Treasury bond exchange traded funds weakened as rates spiked and investors turned to the “risk-on” trade.
The iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TLT) fell 2.0% Thursday. TLT has declined 9.9% year-to-date.
The yield spread between 2- and 30-year Treasuries reached 342 basis points, its widest on a closing basis since August 2011, Bloomberg reports.
Yields on benchmark 10-year Treasury bonds rose over 10 basis points, touching 2.7% Thursday. Yields on 30-year Treasuries were at about 3.74%.
The U.S. Labor Department said that the number of Americans filed for unemployment claims fell to 326,000, a five and a half year low, reports Ellen Freilich for Reuters. The Labor Department will announce the July jobless rate Friday, August 2.
“Bond prices are suffering losses as traders are using this surprise drop in jobless claims to set up short Treasuries positions for tomorrow’s jobs report,” Thomas di Galoma, one of the heads of bond trading at ED&F Man Capital Markets, said in the Reuters article.
The risk-on environment helped push the S&P 500 Index over 1,700 for the first time. [Stock ETFs Rally as S&P 500 Crosses 1,700]