Treasuries retreated with the euro as Greece voting in favor of creditor-imposed demands was seen lifting an obstacle to higher U.S. rates. Asian stocks rose, while New Zealand’s dollar slumped as weak dairy prices spurred easing bets.
The yield on 10-year Treasuries rose two basis points by 12:28 p.m. in Tokyo, while the euro slipped 0.1 percent. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index headed for its highest in three months as the kiwi slumped 0.6 percent and gold fell 0.2 percent. Australian and Japanese shares climbed with mainland Chinese stocks. Standard & Poor’s 500 Index futures gained 0.3 percent.
The Shanghai Composite gained 1 percent, after closing Wednesday about 26 percent below its June 12 high. Better-than-estimated economic-growth data Wednesday failed to boost investor confidence in the unsettled market. The kiwi fell to as weak as 65.35 U.S. cents, its lowest level since July 31, 2009. The currency sank as much as 2 percent Wednesday after whole milk powder prices declined more than 10 percent at a fortnightly auction. New Zealand, the world’s biggest dairy exporter, reviews benchmark rates on July 23.
The Australian dollar fell 0.1 percent to 73.74 U.S. cents following Wednesday’s 1 percent retreat. Canada’s dollar weakened another 0.2 percent after sinking as much as 1.8 percent to its weakest level since 2009 on Wednesday. Gold traded at $1,146.79, near a four-month low. The Thai baht and South Korean won were down at least 0.4 percent. The euro fell to $1.0937 after losing 0.5 percent to the greenback Wednesday. Yields on 10-year Treasuries rose two basis points, or 0.02 percentage point, to 2.37 percent.