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Bond yields fall, with key part of yield curve on pace for flattest close since 2007

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U.S. Treasury yields ticked downward on Tuesday as traders prepared for key inflation figures and earnings from major banks due out later this week.

The 2-year dropped more than 8 basis points to trade at 2.985% but remained above the 10-year Treasury, which dropped 9 basis points to 2.9%. The yield on the 30-year Treasury bond traded 8 basis points lower at 3.098%. Yields move inversely to prices, and a basis point is equal to 0.01%.

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The widening spread between the 2-year and the 10-year is signaling a “very clear recession warning,” especially if it reaches 15 basis points, wrote Tom Essaye of The Sevens Report.

“Bottom line, the 10s-2s spread is starting to run out of time to turn back positive and simply continue to warn of stagnant growth. If it stays negative and declines further, that’s a clear recession signal from 10s-2s and it’d make us more defensive in equity allocations,” he wrote.

Markets are awaiting key inflation data this week. June’s consumer price index, scheduled for release Wednesday, is forecast to show headline inflation rising above May’s 8.6% level.

President Joe Biden is beginning his Middle East trip, which will include a visit to Saudi Arabia and meetings with OPEC leaders in an effort to push for higher oil production to ease prices.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will meet with Japanese Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki on Tuesday to discuss further sanctions against Russia for its war in Ukraine.

Gold hit its lowest level since late September as the dollar reached a two-decade high, trading at $1,732.40 per ounce earlier in the session.

Yields had jumped on Friday following June’s jobs report, on the assumption that the U.S. Federal Reserve will be more aggressive with its rate-hiking path. The report showed jobs growing at a faster rate than expected, with nonfarm payrolls increasing 372,000 last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Economists predicted the U.S. economy would add 250,000 jobs, according to the Dow Jones.

–CNBC’s Matt Clinch contributed to this report.

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