Lower Commodity Futures Prices Help the Long Bond
Fraust, Bart, American Banker
U.S. government securities advanced on Tuesday, while stocks moved lower and the dollar was mixed.
In late New York trading, the government's benchmark 30-year bond was up 13/32 in price to yield 6.77%, down from 6.80% on Monday.
The long end of the Treasury market benefited from easing commodity futures prices and a weak report from retailers.
The Commodity Research Bureau index, which measures futures prices of 21 commodities, fell 0.75 point to 211.93, a 0.35% drop.
In addition, the Johnson Redbook Service, a unit of Lynch, Jones & Ryan Inc., said retail sales in the third week of March fell a seasonally adjusted 1.8% from the February average. This followed a 3.6% drop in the first two weeks of this month.
Municipalities Buy Notes
Intermediate-term Treasuries benefited from buying by municipalities. The government's 10-year note rose 1/4 point in price, to yield 5. …