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Govt bond yields flat, traders eye crucial US inflation data for cues

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said he was not yet ready to declare victory over inflation but felt that the economy is on a stable path to steady prices

Bond market, Indian economy, share market, Mumbai

The benchmark 10-year yield was at 6.9782 per cent as of 10:00 a.m. IST after having closed at 6.9754 per cent in the previous session. | Photo: Bloomberg

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Indian government bond yields were flat in early session on Thursday, with traders eyeing crucial U.S. inflation data due later in the day to gauge the Federal Reserve's interest rate trajectory.
 
The benchmark 10-year yield was at 6.9782 per cent as of 10:00 a.m. IST after having closed at 6.9754 per cent in the previous session.
 
"Bond prices are again consolidating after mild rally yesterday, and there are chances that foreign banks may front-run the U.S. data on expectations of lower-than-expected reading," a trader with a private bank said.
 
U.S. inflation likely rose 0.1 per cent month-on-month, while consumer prices for 12 months to June are expected to have risen 3.1 per cent, a Reuters poll showed.

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said he was not yet ready to declare victory over inflation but felt that the economy is on a stable path to steady prices and continued low unemployment rates.
 
In his two-day address to Congress, Powell avoided providing any major guidance on the timing of interest rate cuts in the world's largest economy, which led the 10-year U.S. yield to consolidate around the 4.30 per cent handle.
 
The probability of a 25-basis point rate cut in September stayed around 75 per cent, while expectations of 50 bps cuts in 2024 remained intact, according to the CME FedWatch Tool.
 
After the U.S. data, attention will turn to India's consumer inflation print and fresh debt supply at the weekly auction, both due Friday. A Reuters poll predicted the retail inflation to edge up in June, snapping five months of declines, largely because of a jump in vegetable prices. The poll forecasts a 4.80 per cent year-on-year rise in retail inflation, up from 4.75 per cent in May.
 
STCI Primary Dealer said that rainfall activity needs to be watched to assess its impact on food prices and spillovers from unseasonal rains and heat waves could put pressure on prices of vegetables and fruits.

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First Published: Jul 11 2024 | 10:51 AM IST

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