REFILE-TREASURIES-U.S. yields fall after weak retail sales data

REFILE-TREASURIES-U.S. yields fall after weak retail sales data

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    By Herbert Lash
    NEW YORK, May 14 (Reuters) - Treasury yields slid on Friday
after U.S. retail sales unexpectedly stalled in April as the
boost from government stimulus checks faded and bond investors
heeded the Federal Reserve's view that a jump in inflation will
be temporary.
    The yield on benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury notes
 fell 4 basis points to 1.628%. 
    The unchanged reading in retail sales last month followed a
10.7% surge in March, an upward revision from the previously
reported 9.7% increase, the Commerce Department said. 

    The jump in the consumer price index on Wednesday put
investors on alert that inflation could rise beyond the Fed's
projections and force the U.S. central bank to boost interest
rates sooner that policymakers have indicated.
    The weak retail sales curbed long-term fears of inflation,
despite a solid increase in U.S. import prices in April that
Labor Department data on Friday showed.
    "What you're seeing here is the validation of the Fed's
interpretation that any demand side pull in prices will be
temporary because the demand will fall off as the checks wind
down," said Steven Ricchiuto, U.S. chief economist at Mizuho
Securities LLC.
    "The bond market, on a very bad inflation number, couldn't
push above the range and probably is not going to be able to,"
he said.
    Part of the jump in year-over-year consumer price data
reflected a comparison with weak readings a year ago during the
economic downturn caused by the pandemic.
    Fed policy is in a good place at the moment, Cleveland Fed
President Loretta Mester said on Friday, while playing down
economic signals from data that she warned will be volatile as
the economy reopens, Bloomberg News reported. 
    The yield on the 30-year Treasury bond was down
3.4 basis points to 2.353%. 
    The breakeven rate on five-year U.S. Treasury
Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) was last
unchanged from Thursday's close of 2.648%, near its highest
close in just over a decade.
    The 10-year TIPS breakeven rate was last at
2.52%, indicating the market sees inflation averaging 2.5% a
year for the next decade.
    May 14 Friday 9:56AM New York / 1356 GMT
                               Price        Current   Net
                                            Yield %   Change
 Three-month bills             0.0125       0.0127    0.000
 Six-month bills               0.03         0.0304    0.000
 Two-year note                 99-242/256   0.153     -0.006
 Three-year note               99-198/256   0.3261    -0.013
 Five-year note                99-186/256   0.8064    -0.031
 Seven-year note               99-212/256   1.2759    -0.035
 10-year note                  99-240/256   1.6318    -0.036
 20-year bond                  94-12/256    2.2499    -0.021
 30-year bond                  100-112/256  2.3546    -0.032
   DOLLAR SWAP SPREADS                                
                               Last (bps)   Net       
 U.S. 2-year dollar swap        10.00         0.00    
 U.S. 3-year dollar swap        11.00        -0.25    
 U.S. 5-year dollar swap         7.75         0.00    
 U.S. 10-year dollar swap       -5.00         0.75    
 U.S. 30-year dollar swap      -33.50         0.75    
 spread (Reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak; editing by Barbara Lewis)

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