US stocks hover close to record as Treasuries remain steady
US stocks slipped yet stayed close to an all-time high while Treasuries steadied after a three-day selling bout as investors turned their attention to economic data and this week’s large sales of bonds.
The 10-year Treasury note yield trimmed an earlier decline to be little changed at 0.688 per cent. The tame performance for US debt comes after a significant sell-off in recent days. Yields have risen 12 basis points since the end of July, after tumbling in February, when coronavirus fears gripped financial markets.
Treasuries have come under pressure this week as investors shifted into equities, pushing the Wall Street benchmark S&P 500 index briefly above its all-time closing high on Wednesday. The US index opened Thursday’s session 0.2 per cent lower. The index, at 3372.43 points, is just shy of its intraday record of 3,393.52 struck in mid-February.
Equities in Europe remained under pressure on Thursday. The continent-wide Stoxx 600 accelerated its slide once New York opened to shed 0.7 per cent in early afternoon trading. Markets in Frankfurt, Paris and London tumbled, with the FTSE 100 in particular shedding 1.2 per cent.