Prices of U.S. Treasury securities ended yesterday's session mixed, with the 30-year bond trading about 1/8 point lower and other maturities finishing a few ticks higher in what analysts described as a lackluster session largely unfazed by turmoil in the former Soviet Union. "It's been one of the more quiet Mondays the market has seen in a while," one trader said. "There were not many large players around."
Following a weekend of riots and violence in Moscow, Treasury prices started yesterday's trading somewhat firmer. Also helping prices yesterday morning was a Commerce Department report showing that construction spending fell 1.1% in August.