The collapse of the Soviet coup damaged the short end of the Treasury market yesterday as traders dumped the bills and short-term notes they had bought earlier in the week in a flight-to-quality response to the political upheaval in the Soviet Union.

Late in the day, Treasury prices were mixed, with short-term notes 1/8 point lower while the 30-year bond was 1/4 point higher and yielded 8.06%.

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