Greysteel Capital Markets Update | September 2019

On September 3, the 10-year Treasury rate decreased to 1.47%, down 43 basis points from a month ago and its lowest level since July 2016, after a report on the U.S. manufacturing sector showed a contraction in August. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) U.S. manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to 49.1% in August, the lowest reading in more than three years. Treasury rates were already under pressure as new U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports went into effect on September 1. However, President Trump said trade talks with Beijing are still planned for later this month in Washington.