Trounced on write-down talk. Bonds were taken down midday after Standard & Poor?s, the credit agency that was blindsided by the subprime blowup in the first place, said that the bulk of the write-downs might be behind the banks and brokers. The benchmark ten-year Treasury, which was running solidly higher for a second day, sold off shortly thereafter and has dipped back to unchanged for the day. The iShares Long-Term Treasury Bond fund (TLT) is down 85 cents to $93.73 and TLT put volume (26,000 contracts) is outpacing call volume by a margin of more than 10-to-1.
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