TOKYO, Nov 19 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasuries fell in Asia trading on Monday, pulling benchmark yields off a two-month low hit last week, on hopes that this week will bring some progress in the U.S. fiscal crisis as well as the release of more funding for Greece.
* Leading U.S. lawmakers expressed confidence on Sunday that they could reach a deal to avert the $600 billion “fiscal cliff” of tax hikes and spending cuts even as they stuck to their positions.
* Euro zone governments and the International Monetary Fund are making headway in settling a dispute over how to make Greece’s debt manageable, Eurogroup President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Saturday. The impasse is holding up funding needed to keep the debt-burdened country afloat.
* MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.7 percent.
* “Right now, it’s a risk-on mood, and stocks are gaining on hopes of progress for the U.S. and Europe, and this is weighing on bonds,” said a fixed-income fund manager at a Japanese asset management firm.
“But with Treasury yields at such low levels recently, a correction is not surprising,” he added.
* Yields on 10-year Treasuries rose to 1.601 percent on Monday in Asian trade from 1.581 percent in late U.S. trade on Friday, when they fell to a more than two-month low of 1.556 percent.
* Yields on 30-year Treasuries rose to 2.750 percent from 2.731 percent.
* Continued Middle East tensions limited bonds’ losses, as hostilities between Islamist militants and Israel entered a sixth day on Monday.
* Friday’s U.S. data also underpinned bond prices, with U.S. industrial output unexpectedly falling 0.4 percent last month.
* Later this week, the U.S. bond market will close on Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday and then close early at 2 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Friday.