Highest Share of International Buyers Since June 2009 in 2-year Treasury Bond Auction

U.S. Treasuries trade just below session highs, with the 2-yr note continuing to underperform and still in the red with shorter tenors now little changed for the day. The market rebounded off opening lows into the completed $42 bln 2-yr note sale, which met strong demand. The auction drew a high yield of 4.300%, which stopped through the when-issued yield by 1.5 bps while the bid-to-cover ratio (2.90x) and indirect takedown (61.2%) were comfortably above average, best since June 2009. The desk gave a B+ rating on the auction.

Equities have added to their losses with the S&P 500 now down 0.5% with nerves over the debt ceiling and the stronger services PMI saying rates higher for longer.

Today’s $42 bln bid-to-cover ratio (2.90x) and indirect takedown (68.2%) were above average.  The desk gave a B+ rating on the auction.

  • The domestic demand was below its six-month average indicative of softer domestic demand.
  • International demand (indirect) was above the six-month average.
  • Primary dealers were left with16.2% versus normal around 18.8%

Auction Highlights

  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Amount:  $42 billion
  • High-yield 4.300%
  • WI level at the time of the auction 4.315%
  • Stopped through by 1.5 bps versus a 6-month average of -0.1 basis points.
  • Bid to cover 2.90X vs 12-month average of 2.61X
  • Directs 15.6% vs 12-month average of 21.8%
  • Indirects 68.2% vs 12-month average of 58.3%
  • Dealers 16.2% vs 6-month average of 18.8%

Auction grade: B+

Yields after the auction.

  • 2-yr: +3 bps to 4.37%
  • 3-yr: +2 bps to 4.02%
  • 5-yr: +1 bp to 3.78%
  • 10-yr: +1 bp to 3.73%
  • 30-yr: UNCH at 3.97%

Prior auction results:

  • High yield: 3.969%
  • Bid-to-cover: 2.68
  • Indirect bid: 61.2%
  • Direct bid: 19.9%

Average results of previous 12 auctions:

  • High yield: 3.857%
  • Bid-to-cover: 2.61
  • Indirect bid: 58.3%
  • Direct bid: 21.8%

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