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NEW YORK (AP) _ Bond prices rose Monday as investors, unnerved by a lukewarm Wal-Mart outlook and concerns about a war with Iraq, shied away from stocks.
The price of the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose 9/32 point, or $2.81 per $1,000 in face value. Its yield, which moves in the opposite direction, fell to 4.00 percent from 4.03 percent late Friday.
The 30-year Treasury bond was up 5/8 point to yield 4.87 percent, down from 4.91 percent a day earlier, according to Moneyline Telerate.
The Dow Jones industrial average declined 92 to nearly 8,487, cutting short a four-session advance. The Nasdaq composite index fell 17 to almost 1,394. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index dropped 9 to 900.
Analysts said investors were disappointed with Wal-Mart’s comments that it expected November sales to fall at the low end of its estimates. Terrorism concerns and a war with Iraq also pressured investors, making them relucant to make any big moves.
In other trading, the benchmark 2-year note barely budged, yielding 1.87 percent, down from 1.88 percent Friday. Intermediate maturities were up between 1/16 point and 5/16 point.
Yields on one-month Treasury bills were 1.23 percent as the discount rose 0.01 percentage point to 1.21 percent. Yields on three-month Treasury bills were 1.23 percent as the discount rose 0.01 percentage point to 1.20 percent. Six-month yields were 1.27 percent, as the discount held steady at 1.24 percent.
Yields are the interest bonds pay by maturity, while the discount is the interest at which they are sold.
The federal funds rate, the interest on overnight loans between banks, fell to 1.13 percent from 1.44 percent late Friday.
In the tax-exempt market, the Bond Buyer index of 40 actively traded municipal bonds fell 2/32 to 107 25/32 from 107 27/32 Friday. The average yield to maturity rose to 5.07 percent from 5.06 percent Friday.