China says no plan to reduce US Treasury purchases

US Treasuries Debt Paper- Holding A Sample of IOU Paper

Stocks may benefit from easing concerns about treasuries after China dismissed a Bloomberg News report that officials have recommended slowing or halting purchases of USA debt.

SAFE says it only learned of the supposed plan through media reports, blaming them on "erroneous information sources" (错误的信息来源 cuòwù de xìnxī láiyuán) or "fake information" (假消息 jiǎ xiāoxī).

Meanwhile, traders largely shrugged off a report from the Labor Department showing another unexpected increase in first-time claims for United States unemployment benefits.

A separate report from the Labor Department unexpectedly showed a modest decrease in producer prices in the month of December.

At 6:50 a.m. ET (1150 GMT), Dow e-minis were down 109 points, or 0.43 percent, with 27,895 contracts changing hands.

A Bloomberg News story published Wednesday lifted yields on the 10-year government bond to a 10-month high as investors anxious about large buyers reducing their participation in the market.

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"I expect him to give strong remarks favoring USA workers and explaining how his presidency is characterized by putting American interests first in terms of our policies but also the importance of being engaged in world affairs as we continue to be", Malpass said, after meeting European Union officials in Brussels, including chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and aides of EU President Donald Tusk. The NYSE Arca Airline Index surged up by 3.9% to its best closing level in almost six months.

Significant strength was also visible among energy stocks, which benefited from a continued increase by the price of crude oil. The index pulled back further off the more than two-year closing high it set on Monday.

In overseas trading, stock markets across the Asia-Pacific region turned in another mixed performance during trading on Thursday.

The major European markets also ended the day mixed.

In the bond market, treasuries turned higher over the course of the session after seeing early weakness.

Riding momentum from the 30-year sale, the benchmark 10-year Treasury note also rallied, pushing its yield down to 2.531% at the 3 p.m. close from 2.551% Wednesday. The next major event is the release of US consumer prices and retail sales later on Friday, where a soft outcome could drag the USA dollar down to the benefit of the Aussie and the kiwi.

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