U.S. Treasury yields rose on Wednesday morning, with the 10-year rate climbing to 1.23%.
The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note added 2 basis points, rising to 1.2367% at 3:30 a.m. ET. The yield on the 30-year Treasury bond rose 3 basis points to 1.9003%. Yields move inversely to prices and 1 basis point equals 0.01 percentage points.
Treasury yields sunk at the beginning of the week, with the 10-year rate hitting a five-month low, amid concerns about the rapid spread of Covid-19 variants and rising inflation.
The U.S. has averaged over 35,500 cases of the coronavirus over the last seven days, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In terms of concerns around inflationary pressures, Kleinwort Hambros Chief Investment Officer Fahad Kamal told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” on Wednesday that his firm didn’t think pricing pressures would get “out of hand.”
“We don’t think there’s going to be anything like high-single-digits sort of inflation,” he said, noting that although prices were seeing a bounce right now, they would “moderate and come back to trend next year.”
There are no major economic releases due out on Wednesday.
Auctions are scheduled to be held on Wednesday for $30 billion worth of 119-day bills and $24 billion worth of 20-year bonds.