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Bond Buyer Indexes Mixed

The weekly average yield to maturity of the Bond Buyer Municipal Bond Index, which is based on 40 long-term bond prices, declined four basis points this week, to 3.95% for the week ending Jan. 17, 2013. This is its lowest weekly average since the week ended Dec. 13, 2012 (six weeks ago), when it was 3.93%.

Bond Buyer Indexes

The 20-Bond GO Index of 20-year general obligation yields rose one basis point this week, to 3.54%. But it remained below its 3.60% level from two weeks ago.

The 11-Bond GO Index of higher-grade 20-year GO yields also gained one basis point this week, to 3.30%, but remained below its 3.36% level from two weeks ago.

The Bond Buyer’s Revenue Bond Index, which measures 30-year revenue bond yields, increased two basis points this week, to 4.24%. But it remained below its 4.26% level from two weeks ago.

The yield on the U.S. Treasury’s 10-year note declined two basis points this week, to 1.85%. This is the lowest level for the 10-year yield since Dec. 27, 2012 (four weeks ago), when it was 1.72%.

The yield on the Treasury’s 30-year bond dropped one basis point this week, to 3.05%, which is the lowest it has been since Dec. 27, 2012 (four weeks ago), when it was 2.90%.

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