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U.S. Treasury Yields Rise Ahead of Fed Meeting

Source: NYSE
  • The Fed's January two-day policy meeting is due to start on Tuesday.
  • Investors will be looking for any clues as to how much the central bank will raise interest rates this year and when it will start.

U.S. Treasury yields moved higher Monday as investors braced for the latest Federal Reserve policy meeting.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose 2.2 basis points to 1.769% at 4:10 p.m. ET. The yield on the 30-year Treasury bond was up 5.3 basis points at 2.115%. Yields move inversely to prices, and 1 basis point is equal to 0.01%.

The 10-year yield was lower for much of Monday's session before turning positive in the late afternoon.

Market participants are awaiting the Federal Open Market Committee's meeting this week for clues as to how much the central bank will raise interest rates this year and when it will start.

The benchmark rate has climbed this year as investors anticipate Fed tightening.

"The yield on 10-year Treasuries has risen notably to start the year, touching as high as 1.89% last week, as markets have begun to price in expectations for rate hikes spread out over the next few years," Glenmede analysts said in a note Monday.

The Fed's January two-day policy meeting is due to start Tuesday and conclude Wednesday.

Goldman Sachs said Sunday that its baseline forecast calls for four rate hikes this year, but the bank sees a risk for more rate increases due to the surge in inflation.

Holger Schmieding, chief economist at Berenberg, told CNBC's "Squawk Box Europe" that the investment bank also expected there to be four rate hikes, of 25 basis points, this year.

However, Schmieding added that Berenberg believed there was a "risk it might be five, but against the backdrop of a very strong nominal and real demand in the U.S."

"Even these rate hikes would merely sort of dampen a bit the very strong momentum in the U.S. economy but they would not derail the U.S. economic upswing," he said.

CNBC's Michael Bloom and Yun Li contributed to this market report.

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