Weak International Demand at Soft 3-Year Treasury Bond Auction Ahead of Powell Speech

The week’s auctions started off with a soft $40 billion 3-year note sale, which broke the streak of stellar note and bond offerings with international demand dropping right off. The sale drew a high yield of 4.073%, which tailed the when-issued yield by four basis points while the bid-to-cover ratio (2.33x) and indirect takedown (59.1%) were below average. We were of the opinion that the previous strong auctions had much ado with new year buying. The desk gave a D rating on the auction.  

The auction was prior to a speech from Fed Chairman where he said more rate hikes will be needed, but also focused on disinflation, saying that the process has barely started and has a long way to go. 

Today’s $40 bln bid-to-cover ratio (2.33x) and indirect takedown (59.1%) were below average.  The desk gave a D rating on the auction.

  • The domestic demand was above its twelve-month average indicative of stronger domestic demand
  • International demand (indirect) was comfortably below the six-month average

Auction Highlights

  • Duration: 3 Years
  • Amount:  $40 billion
  • High yield 4.073%
  • WI level 4.033%
  • Tail -0.4 basis points vs. six-month average of 0.3 basis points
  • Bid to cover 2.33X vs 2.59X six-month average.
  • Directs 21.1% versus 18.2% over the last six months
  • Indirects 59.1% versus 60.70% six month average
  • Primary dealers 19.9% versus 21.0% six month average

Auction grade: D

Yields after the auction

  • 2-yr: -2 bps to 4.44%
  • 3-yr: -4 bps to 4.09%
  • 5-yr: -3 bps to 3.79%
  • 10-yr: UNCH at 3.63%
  • 30-yr: +2 bps to 3.69%

Prior auction results:

  • High yield: 3.977%
  • Bid-to-cover: 2.84
  • Indirect bid: 69.5%
  • Direct bid: 13.2%

Average results of previous 12 auctions:

  • High yield: 3.224%
  • Bid-to-cover: 2.53
  • Indirect bid: 59.6%
  • Direct bid: 18.1%

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