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The Treasury Department. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Demand for benchmark 10-year notes at Wednesday's U.S. Treasury auction was the worst in a decade, data shows, following Tuesday's sleepy 3-year Treasury note auction that also drew lackluster demand.

Why it matters: The historically weak auctions have come despite falling stock prices and strong buying of safe-haven U.S. debt for much of the year, showing diminishing appetite among some investors.

Worth noting: Data on foreign buyers of Treasury notes is reported on a lag, so it's not yet possible to know whether diminishing Chinese purchases are responsible. However, foreign investors, especially China and Japan, have accounted for a declining share of U.S. government debt buys during the early months of the year.

  • Traders tell Axios there's no clear fundamental reason for the drop.

Go deeper: Bond yields are at historic lows around the world

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8 Senate Democrats vote against adding $15 minimum wage to COVID relief

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Eight Democratic senators on Friday voted against Sen. Bernie Sanders' amendment to ignore a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian and add a $15 minimum wage provision to the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

The state of play: The vote was held open for hours on Friday afternoon — even after every senator had voted — due to a standoff in negotiations over the next amendments that the Senate will take up.

CDC: Easing mask mandates led to higher COVID cases and deaths

Customer at a supermarket chain in Austin, Texas. Montinique Monroe/Getty Images

Easing mask restrictions and on-site dining have increased COVID-19 cases and deaths, according to a study out Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: The report's findings converge with actions from governors this week easing mask mandates and announcing plans to reopen nonessential businesses like restaurants.