Monday, March 31, 2014

Yellen strikes dovish tone

Treasurys bounce off session lows as Yellen strikes dovish tone in her latest speech. The Fed chief says the central bank is "considerably" short of both dual-mandate goals--promoting jobs while keeping inflation steady. She says low rate of wage growth is another sign the Fed's job isn't done, the latest sign the most-prominent dove is in no rush to raise interest rates. Monday's data support her point--the Chicago PMI slid to 55.9 from February's 59.8. Still coming this week is ISM data and the March jobs report, key for setting the near-term bond-market outlook. The 10-year note is 11/32 lower, yielding 2.752%.