December 7, 2012 / 2:10 PM / 5 years ago

TREASURIES-Yields spike as jobs data beats expectations

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* Bond yields rise after employers add more jobs than
expected
    * Fall in jobs participation rate a warning sign for economy
    * Fed still seen likely to announce new bond purchases next
week

    By Karen Brettell
    NEW YORK, Dec 7 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasuries yields spiked on
Friday after U.S. employers added more jobs than expected in
November, though a drop in the labor market participation rate
suggested the economy may continue to struggle.
    Nonfarm employment increased by 146,000 jobs last month, the
Labor Department said on Friday, defying expectations of a sharp
pull-back related to superstorm Sandy.
    The jobless rate fell to 7.7 percent last month, the lowest
since December 2008. But the drop was because people gave up the
search for work, which does not bode well for the economy.
 
    "It's stronger than expected on the surface but the
unemployment rate fell for the wrong reasons," said Richard
Gilhooly, interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New York.
"The central case that the Fed is going to do QE is unchanged."
    Benchmark 10-year notes were last down 9/32 in
price to yield 1.62 percent, up from 1.59 percent late on
Thursday.
    Thirty-year bonds dropped 22/32 in price to
yield 2.81 percent, up from 2.77 percent.
    Treasuries have gained in recent sessions on expectations
that the Federal Reserve will announce that it will make new
bond purchases when it meets next week.
    The Fed's current Operation Twist program, which involves
buying longer-dated debt and funding the purchases with sales of
short-dated notes, is due to expire at the end of the year.
    Traders then expect the Fed will turn to outright purchases
of Treasuries as it runs out of short-dated debt to sell.
    Positioning ahead of the meeting and a reevaluation of the
jobs data may bring buyers back to bonds at the higher yields,
said Gilhooly.
    "I would think that you will see some buying coming in," he
said.

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