A two-day unloading of U.S. Treasuries pushed their yields to multi-year peaks on Thursday as robust economic data and hawkish speeches by Federal Reserve officials stoked concerns about inflation, hitting Wall Street and stock markets globally.
The yield on the benchmark 10-year note
Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said the economy can expand for "quite some time," which also helped the yield curve steepen to its highest in two months.
Stocks, in turn, have fallen broadly, with the Dow suffering its first decline in six sessions and both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq seeing their worst day since June 25.
"The follow-through on the Treasury rates today, actually the follow-through worldwide on Treasuries, has a big part to do with this," said JJ Kinahan, chief market strategist at TD Ameritrade in Chicago.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.dji> fell 200.91 points, or 0.75 percent, to 26,627.48, the S&P 500 <.spx> lost 23.9 points, or 0.82 percent, to 2,901.61 and the Nasdaq Composite <.ixic> dropped 145.58 points, or 1.81 percent, to 7,879.51.
The CBOE Global Markets volatility index .VIX, known as Wall Street`s "fear gauge", rose 4.12 points, its highest surge since Aug. 15.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index <.fteu3> lost 1.02 percent and MSCI`s gauge of stocks across the globe <.miwd00000pus> shed 1.00 percent.
(Graphic: U.S. Treasury yields at multi-year highs - https://reut.rs/2OA5ClY)
The surge in Treasury yields has also prompted a rise in government bond yields across the globe.
"We saw very large overnight volumes during both the Tokyo and London trading hours, which was a catchup in foreign sovereign markets to the very large sell-off in U.S. Treasuries yesterday," said Jon Hill, U.S. rates strategist at BMO Capital Markets.
Euro zone bond yields rose sharply, tracking their U.S. counterparts, while the "trans-Atlantic spread" between United States and German 10-year bond yields hit a three-decade high of around 275 bps.
The U.S. dollar weakened against the euro and yen but lingered near recent highs as investors digested U.S. economic data and Powell`s remarks.
The dollar index <.dxy> was flat, with the euro
Investors are expected to scour the U.S. government`s September payroll report scheduled for release on Friday and look closely for signs of wage growth, especially in light of anecdotal indications of rising wages.
"That sense of the market`s rising discomfort about inflation risks leads me to expect the wage inflation reading within the U.S. non-farm payrolls on Friday will be critical to the current sell-off," wrote Brian Daingerfield, macro strategist at NatWest Markets.
The exception of the day was Italy, where borrowing costs dropped for a second day after the government said it would cut budget deficit targets from 2020 and reduce its debt over the next three years.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Wednesday confirmed a deficit target of 2.4 percent of gross domestic product in 2019 and said it would fall to 2.1 percent in 2020 and 1.8 percent in 2021.
The estimates for 2020 and 2021 were lower than those initially reported, bringing further relief to bond markets rattled by the new government`s plans to ramp up spending.
Oil prices fell as the prospect of increased crude production from Saudi Arabia and Russia prompted profit-taking the day after futures hit four-year highs on a boost from imminent U.S. sanctions on OPEC`s No. 3 producer Iran.
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