DEC 27, 2013 12:36pm ET

Ten-Year Treasury Yield Visits Highest Level Since 2011

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Treasury 10-year yields touched the highest level in more than two years as signs of a quickening economic recovery boosted bets the Federal Reserve will keep reducing debt purchases.

The benchmark yield rose above 3% for the first time in three months before fluctuating as investors weighed the Fed’s decision last week to reinforce its commitment to low interest rates while starting to cut bond-buying in January.

The Fed is “gradually pulling back, which means the market will pull back from its distorted levels,” said Guy Haselmann, an interest-rate strategist at Bank of Nova Scotia in New York, one of 21 primary dealers that trade directly with the U.S. central bank. “I expect a slow drift to 3.25% by the end of the first quarter.”

The benchmark 10-year yield was little changed at 2.99% at 10:31 a.m. New York time Friday, according to Bloomberg Bond Trader prices. It increased earlier as much as three basis points to 3.02%, the highest level since July 26, 2011. The yield has climbed 10 basis points this week.

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