April 20, 2017 / 4:19 AM / 8 months ago

JGBs weaken along with Treasuries, firm 20-year sale helps limit losses

TOKYO, April 20 (Reuters) - Japanese government bond prices slipped on Thursday on the back of a retreat in U.S. Treasuries, although a well-received 20-year debt auction helped limit losses.

The benchmark 10-year JGB yield was 1 basis point higher at 0.010 percent after rising to 0.015 percent earlier. The yield remained within shot of zero percent, a five-month low touched on Wednesday.

The 20-year yield was a basis point higher at 0.565 percent.

The bid-to-cover ratio, a gauge of demand, at Thursday’s one trillion yen ($9.18 billion) 20-year auction rose to 4.06 from 3.78 at the previous sale in March.

The new 20-year JGBs attracted investor demand with several factors currently supporting the debt market, like tensions in the Korean Peninsula and concerns about the French presidential elections.

Treasury yields rose with their prices dipping overnight as a rally that had sent yields to five-month lows at the start of the week petered out. ($1 = 108.9600 yen) (Reporting by the Tokyo markets team; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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