Apr 21, 2020

Bonds | Treasury Yields: Treasury yields move lower after historic oil price plunge

Sam Meredith

U.S. government debt prices were higher Tuesday morning, after a historic oil price plunge stunned market participants in the previous session.


US 3-MOU.S. 3 Month Treasury0.122-0.0050.00
US 1-YRU.S. 1 Year Treasury0.1830.0260.00
US 2-YRU.S. 2 Year Treasury0.2030.0010.00
US 5-YRU.S. 5 Year Treasury0.34-0.0120.00
US 10-YRU.S. 10 Year Treasury0.604-0.0220.00
US 30-YRU.S. 30 Year Treasury1.206-0.0290.00
At 2:45 a.m. ET, the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, which moves inversely to price, was lower at around 0.6130%, while the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond was also lower at around 1.2152%.
It comes after U.S. oil prices tumbled below zero for the first time on record, with crude storage facilities filling rapidly and as the coronavirus crisis ravages demand.
West Texas Intermediate crude futures for May settled at negative $37.63 a barrel on Monday, closing in negative territory for the first time in history. The contract, which is set to expire on Tuesday, last traded at $1.36 a barrel.
The June contract for WTI, which is more actively traded, stood at $21.39 a barrel, up almost 5%. Meanwhile, international benchmark Brent crude traded at $24.86 a barrel, down 2.74% on Tuesday.
On the data front, Philadelphia Fed non-manufacturing figures for April will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET, with existing home sales for March set to follow at 10 a.m. ET.
The U.S. Treasury is set to auction $28 billion in 52-week bills and $25 billion in 119-day bills on Tuesday.

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