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Longer-term interest rates have climbed by half a percentage point or more over the past month because of a combination of factors, including strong news about the U.S. economy, fading fear of turmoil in foreign markets and concern that the Federal Reserve may act to brake growth.

Yesterday, for example, yields on 30-year U.S. Treasury bonds jumped to 5.65 percent, from 5.51 percent at Wednesday’s close, after reports that January sales of existing homes rose to a record level while new orders for factory goods turned out to be unexpectedly strong for the second month. Just a month earlier, yields were at 5.12 percent.

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