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TREASURIES-U.S. yields advance on strong U.S. job gains

    * U.S. economy creates 224,000 jobs in June
    * Traders take off 50 basis-point cut at July meeting
    * Markets still factor in 25 basis-point cut this month 
    * U.S. 10-year yields hits 1-week high, 2-year at 2-week

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    By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss
    NEW YORK, July 5 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury yields rose
across the board on Friday, after data showed the world's
largest economy created far more jobs than expected in June,
suggesting that the Federal Reserve would not have to be
aggressive in cutting interest rates at this month's monetary
policy meeting.
    Analysts said the strong jobs report should not stop the Fed
from reducing interest rates in July. What it did though was
take the 50 basis-point cut off the table.
    U.S. benchmark 10-year yields rose to a more than one-week
high, while 2-year yields climbed to a two-week peak after the
jobs report.
    Data showed U.S. nonfarm payrolls increased by 224,000 jobs
last month as government employment rose by the most in 10
months. The economy created only 72,000 jobs in May. Economists
polled by Reuters had forecast payrolls rising 160,000 in June.
    But wage gain growth slowed in June, rising just 0.2%, after
gaining 0.3% in May.
    "Ultimately, should the Fed deliver in July, it will be
postured as an 'insurance' cut, coupled with an emphasis on risk
to sustained lower inflation expectation," said Gregory
Faranello, head of U.S. rates at AmeriVet Securities.
    "The notion of a 50 basis-point cut should be pared back,
perhaps not entirely. We expect the market to remain largely
priced for a 25 basis-point cut in July."
    In morning trading, U.S. 10-year note yields rose to
2.06%, a one-week peak, from 1.955% late on
Wednesday. They were last at 2.054%. Ten-year yields hit 1.939%
on Wednesday, which was their lowest level since November 2016.
    Yields on U.S. 30-year bonds advanced to 2.557%,
from 2.471% on Wednesday.
    At the short end of the curve, U.S. 2-year yields were up at
1.873%, from Wednesday's 1.766%. Earlier in the
session, two-year yields touched two-week highs.
    After the data, U.S. rate futures have priced in just a 9.0%
chance the U.S. central bank will lower interest rate by half a
percentage point, down from 29% on Wednesday, according to CME
Group's FedWatch program.
      July 5 Friday 10:13 AM New York / 1413 GMT Price        Current   Net
                                            Yield %   Change
 Three-month bills             2.1825       2.2306    0.023
 Six-month bills               2.0825       2.1334    0.048
 Two-year note                 99-133/256   1.8735    0.107
 Three-year note               99-200/256   1.8267    0.118
 Five-year note                99-136/256   1.8489    0.111
 Seven-year note               99-144/256   1.9423    0.105
 10-year note                  102-208/256  2.058     0.103
 30-year bond                  106-136/256  2.5606    0.090
   DOLLAR SWAP SPREADS                                
                               Last (bps)   Net       
 U.S. 2-year dollar swap         3.75         0.25    
 U.S. 3-year dollar swap         1.25        -0.25    
 U.S. 5-year dollar swap        -1.75         0.25    
 U.S. 10-year dollar swap       -5.00         0.00    
 U.S. 30-year dollar swap      -31.50         0.75    
 (Reporting by Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss
Editing by Susan Thomas)