The 10-year note tumbled 19/32 to 97-28/32 for a yield of 4.52%, marking the highest close for the yield since March 30. The 30-year bond plunged 33/32 to 109-17/32 for a yield of 4.73%.
News hit that U.S. September Existing Home Sales were unchanged from August at around 7.28 million annual rate, beating market expectations. The conference Board's October Consumer Confidence index fell to a two-year low at the 85.0 level from 87.5 in September, amid concerns over higher gasoline prices and hurricanes.
In other news Tuesday, investors bid at an auction for five-year Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities.