The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield hovered at the 3% mark on Tuesday morning, while the 10-year German bund hit 1% for the first time since 2015, amid expectations around interest rate hikes.
The yield on the benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury note rose less than a basis point to 3.0045% at 4:15 a.m. ET. The yield on the 30-year Treasury bond fell less than a basis point to 3.0514%. Yields move inversely to prices and 1 basis point is equal to 0.01%.
The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield hit 3% on Monday, for the first time since late 2018.
The milestone comes as investor expectations grow that the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates by 50 basis points this week.
The Federal Open Market Committee is due to kick off its two-day policy meeting on Tuesday, with a statement on its decision on interest rates slated for release at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell is expected to hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. ET that afternoon.
Meanwhile, growing expectations that the European Central Bank will also soon raise interest rates was reflected in movements in the German bond market. The 10-year German sovereign bund climbed 4 basis points on Tuesday morning, hitting 1% for the first time since 2015, according to Reuters data.
Central banks are looking to hike interest rates as part of a normalization of monetary policy, pulling back the economic support provided in the Covid-19 pandemic. Surging inflation, driven higher by the Russia-Ukraine war, has seen the Fed in particular look to accelerate its rate-hiking cycle in a bid to temper rising prices.
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The battle to control inflation comes amid concerns that this could actually drag on economic growth.
Ed Smith, co-chief investment officer at Rathbone Investment Management, told CNBC’s “Street Signs Europe” on Tuesday that his firm’s base case was that the U.S. economy could avoid recession.
He added that Rathbone Investment Management therefore believed there was “still a little more upside for yields on the 10-year Treasury and across the longer end of the curve, particularly given all the ongoing uncertainty around inflation.”
In terms of other economic data releases due out on Tuesday, the March Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey is set to come out at 10 a.m. ET. March’s factory orders data is also due to be released at 10 a.m. ET.
Regarding the Russia-Ukraine war, U.S. intelligence indicates that Russia is planning to hold sham referenda in mid-May in a bid annex Donetsk and Luhansk, the two regions of eastern Ukraine currently under Russian occupation.
There are no auctions scheduled to be held on Tuesday.
— CNBC’s Holly Ellyatt contributed to this market report.