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Positive Job Growth In March: High Treasury Yields Continue

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EDITOR NOTE: A few weeks ago the market got spooked when the 10-year Treasury yield surged upward beyond 1.7%, matching its Jan 2020 highs. Tech stocks tumbled in response to the gloomy signal. Then, as yields eased, the markets rallied again. Last Friday, 10-year yields remained just a few points below 1.75%. Boosted by the positive job growth report, markets surged in response, the Dow, today, jumping nearly 400 points. Mainstream investors, deliberately or not, are betting on a paper-fueled economy. Weekly jobless claims steadily continue at a rate of nearly 1 million new jobs lost. The money supply continues to build up amid a surge of federal spending. Consumer prices are beginning to show just the tip of a massive iceberg that threatens to plunge our economy and wealth. Yet, the market rises. There’s much to be said about this stage of potential euphoria. We all know the sayings, so I won’t repeat them here. We also know the value of holding non-CUSIP gold and silver in anticipation of the potential chaos to come. That part is up to every investor, whether they’re willing to mistake a stone for a bear, or a bear for a stone. 

U.S. Treasury yields were slightly higher on Friday morning, following a better-than-expected March jobs report.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note climbed to 1.688% at 8:32 a.m. ET. The yield on the 30-year Treasury bond rose to 2.341%. Yields move inversely to prices.

The Treasury market will close early due to the Good Friday holiday.

Job growth in the U.S. surged in March at the fastest pace since August as companies stepped up hiring, the Labor Department reported. Nonfarm payrolls jumped 916,000 for the month while the unemployment rate fell to 6%. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones expected an increase of 675,000, with the unemployment rate at 6%.

On Thursday, investors juggled a handful of economic data as well as the aftermath of President Joe Biden’s announcement about a $2 trillion infrastructure bill.

First-time claims for jobless benefits were higher than expected last week, with 719,000 more workers heading to the unemployment line, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The total compared to the 675,000 estimate from Dow Jones and was above last week’s downwardly revised 658,000.

Biden unveiled the infrastructure and economic recovery package on Wednesday evening. Biden’s plan included spending on transportation, broadband and affordable housing.

Original article from CNBC

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