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Strong Jobs Report Push Rates Higher

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A strong jobs report on Friday pushed interest rates sharply higher all across the yield curve. The daily bars in Chart 1 show the 10-Year Treasury Note yield jumping to the highest close in a month. [Bond prices fell sharply as a result]. Short-term rates jumped even more. Chart 2 shows the 2-Year Treasury Yield jumping to a monthly high as well. That big jump in rates helped banks and brokers have a strong day, but caused heavy selling in rate-sensitive groups like REITs and utilities. Higher rates and a stronger dollar also hurt gold. The stock market ended the day on the downside after trading higher earlier in the day. Energy stocks were the week's strongest sector which helped stocks during the week.

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