Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Treasury Auction Result for 1/13/2010

The U.S. Treasury Department auctioned the following Treasury securities today.

9-year 10-month note (2nd reopening, original issue November 2009): $21 billion
(original issue Nov 09 $25 billion; 1st reopening Dec 09 $21 billion)

  • Primary Dealer: $11.18 billion
  • Indirect Bidder: $6.05 billion
  • Indirect Bidder Percentage: 28.8%(Dec 09: 34.8%; Nov 09: 46.9%)
  • Bid to Cover Ratio: 3.00 (Dec 09: 2.62; Nov 09: 2.81)
  • Interest Rate: 3.375%
  • High Yield: 3.754% (allotted at high: 49.95%)
    (Dec 09 high yield: 3.448%; Nov 09: 3.470%)
In addition, SOMA* purchased $815 million 9-year 10-month note.

Total for the week so far: $156 billion

  • Bills: $85 billion
  • Notes and bonds: $71 billion
Total for January 2010 so far: $223 billion
  • Bills: $152 billion
  • Notes and bonds: $71 billion

Additional purchase by SOMA* for January 2010 so far: $5.173 billion

  • Bills: $2.42 billion
  • Notes and bonds: $2.753 billion

* For details, scroll down to the bottom of page.


SOMA System Open Market Account at the Federal Reserve New York Bank
Primary Dealer A bank or securities broker-dealer that may trade directly with the Federal Reserve System. Primary Dealers are required to bid at Treasury auctions. Current list of Primary Dealers is available at New york Fed.
Indirect Bidder Supposed to be the foreign investors, both foreign central banks and foreign private investors
Bid to Cover ratio The number of bids received divided by the number of bids accepted. The higher the ratio, the higher the demand.
Reopening The U.S. Treasury issues additional amounts of a previously issued security. The reopened security has the same maturity date and coupon interest rate as the original security, but with a different issue date and usually a different purchase price.
Cash Management Bill (CMB) A short-term security sold by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The maturity on a CMB can range from a few days to six months. The money raised through these issues is used by the Treasury to meet any temporary shortfalls. CMBs tend to pay higher yields than bills with fixed maturities, but their shorter maturities lead to lower overall interest expense.
Supplementary Financing Program (SFP) A program initiated by the U.S. Treasury Department at the request of the Federal Reserve in September 17, 2008. The cash raised from the auction will be used in the various Federal Reserve initiatives to support the financial markets and manage its balance sheet.

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