(Bloomberg) — Treasuries rose for a second day on speculation the Federal Reserve will keep its benchmark interest rate at a record low at this week’s policy meeting, after China’s decision to cut borrowing costs highlighted risks to the biggest economies.
Signs of slowing U.S. growth are driving demand for the safety of government securities as a decline in Asian shares helped boost demand for the safest assets. A report showed U.S. durable-goods orders fell in September. The People’s Bank of China reduced its benchmark lending rate on Oct. 23.
“Investment activity isn’t doing all that well heading into the latter part of the year,” said Gennadiy Goldberg, an interest rates strategist in New York with TD Securities, one of the 22 primary dealers that trades with the Fed. “It’s decreasing the odds of a rate hike before year-end.”
Benchmark U.S. 10-year note yields fell three basis points, or 0.03 percentage point, to 2.03 percent as of 9:49 a.m. in New York, according to Bloomberg Bond Trader data. The price of the 2 percent security due in August 2025 rose 7/32, or $2.19 per $1,000 face amount, to99 23/32.
Demand for all durable goods — items meant to last at least three years — fell 1.2 percent in September, according to a Commerce Department report on Tuesday. The survey median for all durable goods orders was a 1.5 percent decrease. August bookings declined 3 percent, revised from a previously reported 2.3 percent decrease.
“Treasuries should hold onto the gains,” said Barra Sheridan, a rates trader at Bank of Montreal in London. “I don’t think data out of the U.S. gives the Fed a reason to meaningfully shift at tomorrow’s meeting. I don’t expect the Fed to talk more hawkishly and tell the markets it’s going to raise rates this year.”