Traders are getting ready for US payrolls because global yields are at a 15-year high. On Friday, bond investors anticipated new indications of labor market strength in the United States, after Treasuries plummeted on concerns the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates more than anticipated.
This week, benchmark Treasury yields soared back above 4% as a Thursday report revealed that US companies added nearly 500,000 positions in June. The US Department of Labor’s snapshot of employment conditions in June follows.
Consistent evidence of a robust US economy has repeatedly surprised investors who previously purchased bonds on the premise that growth would decelerate after a year of Fed rate hikes.
Now, bonds are being sold out of concern that inflation will remain above the Fed’s 2% objective, forcing policymakers to raise interest rates further. Bloomberg’s index of global government bonds reached levels not seen since the financial crisis, mirroring the US selloff.
According to Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp.’s chief strategist, Daisuke Uno, stronger-than-expected employment data, specifically non-farm payrolls, is crucial for determining how the market will price the next Fed move. This will likely increase Treasury yields in the future.
He believes that the US 10-year yield could reach 6% this year.
The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note, the de facto global bond benchmark, has broken above its recent downtrend, leaving chart watchers to speculate on how high it may ascend. According to RBC Capital Markets strategist George Davis, a close above the 4.09% zone would open the door to last year’s peak of 4.34 percent.
Nonfarm payrolls are expected to have increased by 230,000 in June, following a gain of 339,000 in May, according to the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg. The unemployment rate is expected to fall from 3.7% to 3.6%.
According to Schroders Plc’s Kellie Wood, cash rates need to be closer to 5% to 6% in the majority of global economies in order to reduce the rate of economic expansion. Until services and the labor market deteriorate, yields are likely to increase.
On Friday, Australia’s 10-year yield reached its highest level since 2014, while New Zealand’s 10-year yield reached its highest level since 2011. Japan’s benchmark government bond yield inched closer to its 0.5% ceiling. Treasuries continued to decline.
The 10-year British gilt is projected to have its worst week since May.
According to Damien McColough, director of fixed-income research at Westpac in Sydney, some of the extreme moves appear to be the result of overextended longs caving. However, it is difficult to imagine what could trigger a turnaround. It does not appear that a weak employment report would staunch the bleeding.