Salient to Investors:

Hideo Shimomura at Mitsubishi UFJ Asset Mgmt said sentiment is improving because the Dow is setting records, curtailing demand for the haven of bonds.

Kim Youngsung at Samsung Asset Mgmt said 2 percent is a critical level and may attract buyers.

Hiromasa Nakamura at Mizuho Asset Mgmt is bullish and predicts 10-yr rates will be 1.2 percent by year-end because inflation is in check.

The yield gap between 10-yr notes and TIPS widened to 2.58 percent is at the highest since September.

Economists expect 10-yr yields will decline to 1.86 percent by March 31 and then rise to 2.29 percent by year-end.

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