Treasurys rally on flight to safety

By Blake Ellis, staff reporter


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Treasurys rallied Thursday as stocks plunged and investors worried about European debt and its effect on the global economy.

What prices are doing: The benchmark 10-year note rose 1-10/32 to 102-13/32, pushing the yield down to 3.22% from 3.36% on Wednesday. Bond prices and yields move in opposite directions.

The 30-year bond added 2-18/32 to 104-25/32 and yielded 4.1%, while the 2-year note edged up 4/32 to 100-18/32 with a 0.72% yield. The 5-year note rose to 102-13/32, yielding 2.99%.

What's moving the market: Investors flocked to the safety of government-backed bonds on Thursday as stocks dropped more than 10% from the session's highs.

"We're seeing a massive flight to quality," said Kim Rupert, fixed income analyst at Action Economics. "Equities are really losing a grip, and Treasurys are the beneficiary."

Markets have been rattled over the past month as investors worry about European debt, despite a $1 trillion rescue package aimed at stabilizing the euro and helping troubled nations such as Greece reduce their debt loads.

On Wednesday, the euro was briefly lifted by Germany's announcement that it would ban so-called naked short selling of debt securities issued by euro zone countries and 10 large financial firms.

But because investors were still skeptical of the health of European banks, Treasurys rallied following the announcement.

By the end of the day Wednesday, however, bonds pared gains and ended the day slightly lower after the Federal Reserve raised its outlook for economic growth and lowered its unemployment rate forecast.

Economy: Investors were also digesting several disappointing economic reports from the government on Thursday.

The Labor Department reported that weekly jobless claims rose unexpectedly by 25,000 to 471,000 last week, while economists expected a drop to 440,000 claims.

After the start of trading, the Conference Board said its index of leading economic indicators fell 0.1% in April after rising 1.3% in March. Economists surveyed by Briefing.com expected the index to rise 0.2%.

A regional manufacturing survey for May was also released Thursday. The Philadelphia Fed index rose to 21.4 in May from 20.2 in April, beating the estimated rise to 20.7. To top of page

Frontline troops push for solar energy
The U.S. Marines are testing renewable energy technologies like solar to reduce costs and casualties associated with fossil fuels. Play
25 Best Places to find rich singles
Looking for Mr. or Ms. Moneybags? Hunt down the perfect mate in these wealthy cities, which are brimming with unattached professionals. More
Fun festivals: Twins to mustard to pirates!
You'll see double in Twinsburg, Ohio, and Ketchup lovers should beware in Middleton, WI. Here's some of the best and strangest town festivals. Play
Overnight Avg Rate Latest Change Last Week
30 yr fixed4.01%4.03%
15 yr fixed3.12%2.97%
5/1 ARM3.11%2.99%
30 yr refi4.04%4.09%
15 yr refi3.15%3.05%
Rate data provided
by Bankrate.com
View rates in your area
 
Find personalized rates:
Index Last Change % Change
Dow 17,804.80 26.65 0.15%
Nasdaq 4,765.38 16.98 0.36%
S&P 500 2,070.65 9.42 0.46%
Treasuries 2.18 -0.03 -1.27%
Data as of 8:59am ET
Company Price Change % Change
Bank of America Corp... 17.62 0.09 0.51%
Apple Inc 111.78 -0.87 -0.77%
General Electric Co 25.62 0.48 1.91%
Intel Corp 36.37 -0.65 -1.76%
Microsoft Corp 47.66 0.14 0.29%
Data as of Dec 19

Sections

New York Magazine reporter Jessica Pressler, who has been caught up in controversy this past week, will not be moving on to a new job at Bloomberg News. More

Investors beware: These 5 global crises are likely to rattle the stock market and world economy. More

Forums in dark corners of the web sell the kinds of hacks that befell Sony. More

Unilever sued Hampton Creek over its egg-free mayonnaise spread Just Mayo. But the company behind Best Foods and Hellman's mayonnaise has now dropped the lawsuit. More

The income of the top 1% jumped significantly in 2012, far outpacing inflation. Not only did this group make a larger share of the country's income, their share of total taxes also jumped from 35% to 38%. More

Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer.

Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Factset: FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved.

Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved.

Dow Jones: The Dow Jones branded indices are proprietary to and are calculated, distributed and marketed by DJI Opco, a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and have been licensed for use to S&P Opco, LLC and CNN. Standard & Poor's and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC and Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. All content of the Dow Jones branded indices © S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC 2014 and/or its affiliates.