30-year JGB yield falls to 2 1/2-year low on BOJ buying hopes

TOKYO, March 4 Mon Mar 4, 2013 12:43am EST

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TOKYO, March 4 (Reuters) - The yield on 30-year Japanese government bonds dropped 6.0 basis points on the day to hit a 2 1/2-year low of 1.705 percent on Monday, reflecting expectations that the Bank of Japan may buy more 30-year bonds to boost monetary expansion.

Japanese investors are snatching up long-dated bonds ahead of their annual book-closing at the end of this month, after having being underweight on these maturities for fear that Prime Minister's Shinzo Abe's loose monetary policy plan might spark future inflation.

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