SINGAPORE Dec 26 U.S. 10-year Treasuries held
steady in Asia on Wednesday, with investors waiting to see
whether U.S. lawmakers will reach a last-minute deal to avoid a
looming fiscal crunch.
* Ten-year notes held steady in price to yield roughly 1.776
percent, little changed from late U.S. trade on
Monday. The U.S. bond market was closed on Tuesday for
* Fears that lawmakers might not reach a deal to avoid the
"fiscal cliff" of steep tax increases and spending cuts due to
take effect next year, have helped support safe-haven Treasuries
over the past several trading sessions.
* U.S. lawmakers may still have time to forge a stop-gap
agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff before the end of the year,
said Tomoaki Shishido, a rate analyst for Nomura Securities in
"I think there is about a 50 percent chance of the cliff
being avoided at the year-end through an agreement of some kind,
even if it turns out to be just a short-term postponement,"
Shishido said. The chances that there would be a drop off the
cliff without any deal were also probably about 50 percent, he
Equities will probably react more than Treasuries if there
is no agreement by the year-end, Shishido said, adding that
Treasury yields are likely to decline in that case.
President Barack Obama is cutting short his Hawaiian holiday
to leave for Washington on Wednesday to address the unfinished
fiscal cliff negotiations with Congress, the White House said on