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30-Year Bond Auction, Powell Remarks Lead To Pullback On Wall Street

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Stocks showed a lack of direction for much of morning trading on Thursday but came under considerable pressure in the afternoon. The major averages all showed notable moves to the downside, with the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 snapping their longest winning streaks in two years.

The major averages climbed off their worst levels going into the close but remained firmly negative. The Nasdaq slumped 128.97 points or 0.9 percent to 13,521.45, the S&P 500 slid 35.43 points or 0.8 percent to 4,347.35 and the Dow fell 220.33 points or 0.7 percent to 33,891.94.

Stocks showed a notable drop in early afternoon trading after the Treasury Department revealed this month’s auction of $24 billion worth of thirty-year bonds attracted below average demand, triggering a surge in treasury yields.

The thirty-year bond auction drew a high yield of 4.769 percent and a bid-to-cover ratio of 2.24, while the ten previous thirty-year bond auctions had an average bid-to-cover ratio of 2.38.

The bid-to-cover ratio is a measure of demand that indicates the amount of bids for each dollar worth of securities being sold.

The markets saw further downside as Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell addressed the outlook for U.S. monetary policy, saying the central bank “will not hesitate” to resume raising interest rates if it becomes appropriate.

Participating in a policy panel at the 24th Jacques Polak Annual Research Conference in Washington, D.C., Powell acknowledged that U.S. inflation has slowed over the past year but pointed out it remains well above the Fed’s 2 percent target.

“My colleagues and I are gratified by this progress but expect that the process of getting inflation sustainably down to 2 percent has a long way to go,” Powell said.

Powell also said the Fed is “not confident” a stance of monetary policy that is sufficiently restrictive to bring inflation down to 2 percent over time has been achieved.

“We know that ongoing progress toward our 2 percent goal is not assured: Inflation has given us a…



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