Thursday, February 25, 2010

Treasury Auction Result for 2/25/2010

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

  • 7-year note: $32 billion (same as last month)

    Primary Dealer: $13.57 billion
    Indirect Bidder: $12.89 billion
    Indirect Bidder Percentage: 40.3% (last month 51%)
    Direct Bidder: $5.51 billion (17.2%; last month $3.78 billion)
    Bid to Cover Ratio: 2.98 (last month 2.85)
    Interest Rate: 3% (last month 3.125%)
    High Yield: 3.078% (allotted at high: 9.60%) (last month high yield 3.128%)
In addition, SOMA* purchased $786 million 7-year note.

Total for the week: $236 billion
  • Bills: $110 billion
  • Notes and bonds: $126 billion
Total for February 2010: $569 billion
  • Bills: $362 billion
  • Notes and bonds: $207 billion
Additional purchase by SOMA in February: $19.996 billion
  • Bills: $12.49 billion
  • Notes and bonds: $7.506 billion


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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