More overseas central bank action: 1 hike, 1 cut, 1 pass
* New Zealand's central bank went ahead and hiked rates, as I mentioned it might yesterday. That leaves that country's benchmark short-term rate at 8% -- its highest level ever. The New Zealand dollar climbed to a 22-year high as a result of the hike, the third since March.
* In Brazil, the central bank cut interest rates by 50 basis points to 12%, a record LOW. Rates have plummeted from a high of 19.75% in September 2005. Inflation there has been plunging due to a surge in the Brazilian currency, the real.
* Meanwhile, the Bank of England took a pass. It left short-term rates at 5.5%, a six-year high.
As for the U.S., Treasuries are getting plowed under yet again in early trading. The long bond is off 23/32 right now, while 10-year yields have shot up almost 7 basis points to 5.03%.