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Traders Weigh Bigger Fed Rate Hike in March as U.S. Yields Soar

  • Money markets fully price quarter-point increase in March
  • Five-year leads yields higher, rising nearly 10 basis points
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Treasuries slid and yield-curve premiums shrank to the lowest in almost two years amid increased speculation the Federal Reserve will deliver more than a quarter-percentage point rate hike in March. 

Rates across the curve were higher by at least six basis points in U.S. afternoon trading, led by the five-year, which climbed as much as 9.7 basis points. Ten-year Treasury yields touched the highest since January 2020 and the gap between five- and 30-year yields briefly fell below 50 basis points for the first time since March 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic began.