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Treasury yields are higher following rebound this week

U.S. Treasury yields were inched higher on Wednesday after the market made a comeback from last week’s market rout.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose 1.9 basis points to 1.499%, while the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond rose 3.4 basis points to 1.829%. Yields move inversely to prices and 1 basis point is equal to 0.01%.

Job openings reversed higher in October to 11.03 million, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday. Economists polled by Dow Jones expected there were 10.6 million open positions in October, up from 10.4 million in September.

Yields were higher on Tuesday as concerns about the new variant eased and the market recovered from last week’s sell-off, which was driven by fears of the omicron Covid variant and a possibly faster-than-expected taper of the Federal Reserve’s bond buying program.

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On Wednesday Pfizer and its partner BioNTech said their booster dose provides similar protection against the omicron variant of Covid-19 as two doses did against the older strain, citing their own preliminary lab tests. They also said two doses could still protect against severe disease.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said on Tuesday that although the omicron variant appears to be milder than previous strains of Covid-19, it also seems to spread faster and could result in more mutations in the future.

An auction is scheduled to be held on Wednesday for $36 billion of 10-year notes.

CNBC’s Spencer Kimball and Maggie Fitzgerald contributed to this market report.

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