(Bloomberg) – Treasuries fell for the third time in four days after reports showed the U.S. economy gaining momentum as the Federal Reserve moves closer to raising interest rates.
Consumer spending rose in May by the most in almost six years, Commerce Department figures showed in Washington. Treasury investors are caught balancing U.S. economic data and developments in Greece’s negotiations with creditors that have failed to produce an accord on aid.
“That is a really good spending data point,” said Dan Greenhaus, chief global strategist in New York at BTIG LLC. “Overall the data is certainly better in the second quarter. It keeps the Fed on track to raise rates this fall.”
The Treasury 10-year yield increased four basis points, or 0.04 percentage point, to 2.41 percent as of 9:08 a.m. New York time, according to Bloomberg Bond Trader data. The 2.125 percent note due in May 2025 fell 9/32, or $2.81 per $1,000 face value, to 97 18/32. The yield increased 15 basis points in the previous two days.
Purchases increased 0.9 percent in May, the biggest gain since August 2009, after rising 0.1 percent in April. The median forecast of 75 economists in a Bloomberg survey called for a 0.7 percent advance. Incomes rose 0.5 percent for a second month.
A separate report showed jobless claims held below 300,000 for the 16th straight week, signaling a tighter labor market.
“The more evidence that comes in that the economy has picked up from a first-quarter lull and the labor market is continuing to tighten, the more confidence we will have that the Fed will begin to normalize rates, and that will put upward pressure on yields,” said John Stopford, head of fixed income at Investec Asset Management Ltd. in London, before the reports were released.