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Treasury yields are flat as Wall Street weighs economic outlook

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U.S. Treasury yields were flat on Tuesday, as investors assessed the outlook for the U.S. economy and digested the latest round of corporate earnings.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note was flat at 3.598%, while the yield on the 2-year Treasury bond added about a basis point to 4.201%. Yields move inversely to prices.

Wall Street is closely following economic data for a read on where the Federal Reserve might take interest rates at its policy meeting in early May. More than 84% of traders are calling for a 25 basis point hike at the next policy meeting, according to CME Group’s FedWatch tool.

Strong economic data could signal a resilient economy and convince the central bank it has more hiking to do to temper high inflation.

On the data front, March housing starts and building permits figures due at 8:30 a.m. ET. Housing starts for the month are expected to have fallen by 3.4% to 1.40 million units, according to Dow Jones consensus estimates, while building permits are projected to drop by 4.9% to 1.45 million units.

Elsewhere, traders parsed through a new round of corporate earnings for insight into how corporate America is faring against a backdrop of rising rates and persistent inflation. Johnson & Johnson and Bank of America showcased better-than-expected earnings results on Tuesday, while Goldman Sachs fell short on revenue estimates.

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