The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield held above 1.64% early on Thursday, ahead of the release of weekly jobless claims data.
The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note gained 1 basis point, rising to 1.649% at 3:50 a.m. ET. The yield on the 30-year Treasury bond climbed less than a basis point to 2.118%. Yields move inversely to prices and 1 basis point is equal to 0.01%.
The 10-year rate hit 1.67% earlier this week, as investors eyed strong earnings, which boosted hopes of a continued economic recovery.
The Labor Department is due to release the number of jobless claims filed during the week ended Oct. 16 at 8:30 a.m. ET on Thursday.
Last week, the number of weekly unemployment insurance claims fell below 300,000 for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Investors will be watching to see if jobless claims continue to fall, particularly given that the Federal Reserve has indicated that it will soon start to normalize its monetary policy, as the central bank nears its economic goals.
Meanwhile, September’s existing home sales data is due out at 10 a.m. ET.
Fed Governor Christopher Waller is set to discuss the U.S. economy at the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum, at 9 a.m. ET.
Auctions are scheduled to be held on Thursday for $60 billion of four-week bills, $25 billion of eight-week bills and $19 billion of five-year Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities.