NEW YORK (AP) _ Bond prices were little changed Monday as traders awaited more clues on whether the economy is growing at an inflationary pace.

The price of the benchmark 30-year Treasury bond was unchanged Monday. Its yield, which moves in the opposite direction, held steady at late Friday's 5.52 percent.

Recent signs of economic strength have fueled worries the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates to slow the pace of borrowing and ease inflationary forces. Rising prices make fixed-income investments such as bonds less appealing.

This week's key reports include Tuesday's report on February's industrial output and Thursday's reading on last month's consumer prices.

In the broader market Monday, prices of short-term Treasury securities were unchanged or down 1/32 point, while intermediate maturities were unchanged, reported Bridge Telerate, a financial information service.

The Lehman Brothers Daily Treasury Bond Index, reflecting price movements on bonds with maturities of a year or longer, rose 0.99 points from late Friday to 1,287.90.

Yields on three-month Treasury bills eased to 4.58 percent, while the discount fell 0.01 percentage point from late Friday to 4.46 percent. Six-month yields rose to 4.70 percent, as the discount rose 0.04 percentage points to 4.53 percent. One-year yields rose to 4.74 percent as the discount rose 0.02 percentage point to 5.52 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, rose to 5.13 percent from 4.75 percent late Friday.

In the tax-exempt market, the Bond Buyer index of 40 actively traded municipal bonds rose 9/32 to 124 9/16. The average yield to maturity fell to 5.20 percent from 5.21 percent late Friday.