Treasuries Finish Lower as Stocks Jump

A rumor that bin Laden was captured turned out false, but helped stocks anyway and pressured Treasuries

As investors continued to attach less risk premium to equities, stocks rallied while Treasuries slipped. Two-year notes led declines as some confidence crept back into the economy, while rumors of suspected terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden's capture rattled the market somewhat and the Treasury curve continued to flatten. Though later denied by the Pentagon and White House, the rumor paved the way for more long liquidation on Treasuries and short-covering on stocks.

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