* Treasuries dip after Wednesday's rally
* Tensions in emerging markets abate
* U.S. GDP limits safe-haven bids
* Treasury sold five-,seven-year debt to solid demand
By Sam Forgione
NEW YORK, Jan 30 U.S. Treasuries prices fell
slightly on Thursday after policymakers in emerging market
nations pledged to take any necessary measures to stabilize
their markets, limiting demand for safe-haven bonds.
From Istanbul to Moscow and Brasilia, a fresh round of
central bank actions and verbal intervention offered support to
emerging market currencies, which calmed some fears after
jitters on Wednesday spurred a rally in Treasuries.
"There was a general rebound in risk sentiment," said
Jeffrey Young, U.S. interest rate strategist at Nomura
Securities International in New York. "Some confidence grew back
with the emerging markets story no longer developing."
The renewed hopes for emerging markets came after the
Federal Reserve's expected decision on Wednesday to cut its
asset purchases by $10 billion to $65 billion a month. The cut
removed some support from emerging market economies, leading
investors to sell emerging market assets and buy Treasuries.
The rout in emerging market assets led Turkey to hike
interest rates to stop capital flight and defend its battered
lira currency at a midnight policy meeting Wednesday, a move
which did little to calm fears.
Data on Thursday showing solid U.S. economic growth in the
fourth quarter also capped appetite for safe-haven bonds.
Gross domestic product grew at a 3.2 percent annual rate in
the fourth quarter, the U.S. Commerce Department said on
Thursday, in line with economists' expectations but a far
stronger performance than anticipated earlier in the
Despite the slight decline in safe-haven bids, Treasuries
pared some lossed after the U.S. Treasury Department sold $35
billion in five-year notes and $29 billion in
seven-year debt to solid demand on Thursday.
"The extra demand somewhat halted the bearish momentum and
led to a small rally," said Young of Nomura.
Benchmark 10-year Treasury notes were last down
6/32 in price to yield 2.70 percent, compared with a yield of
2.68 percent late on Wednesday. Bond yields move inversely to
The 30-year Treasury bond was last down 10/32 in
price to yield 3.64 percent.
While issues in emerging markets abated on Thursday, the
potential for upcoming weakness in the wake of the Fed's cut to
its bond-buying kept investors edgy and capped sharper losses on
"The Fed continuing with the asset purchase reduction is
very meaningful for the emerging markets," said James Camp,
managing director of fixed income at Eagle Asset Management in
St. Petersburg, Florida. "It's those risk assets and sort of
levered plays that get hit most acutely."
Investors showed their risk appetite by buying stocks. On
Wall Street, all three major stock indexes posted gains on
Thursday, with the benchmark Standard & Poor's 500 stock
index up 1.15 percent.