4 Week Bill Auction Closes At 0.145%, Bid To Cover Jumps To Highest Since February

Tyler Durden's picture

Today's 4 week $26 billion auction closed at a 0.145% high rate, which, just like yesterday's 3 and 6 month Bills, was a lower rate than the preceding auctions, indicating that flattening pressures are once again receding. The auction bid to cover was a solid 4.35 a big jump from prior week's 2010 low of 3.56.

Indirect bidders dropped to a one month low at just 22.2%, as direct bidders (Fed, China, Hedge Funds, who knows) once again came in to save the day, taking down 17.2% of the auction. The hit rate on the Primary Dealer take down of 60.6%, was 17.2%. One thing is certain- direct bidders now play a just as important role in short-end auctions as indirect bidders.

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Cognitive Dissonance's picture

The illusion is becoming more convincing, with bid-to-cover and other auction parameters showing not only that the decision to print unlimited funds was well received but that it will slowly dissolve into the economic fabric of the universe with no ill effects or even footprints in the dust.

All hail the great and wonderful Bernanke. I nominate him for sainthood.

<sarcasm off>

matthylland's picture

Ok, now that that is over...time to rally

Gromit's picture

Now my monthly participation at http://www.treasurydirect.gov

buys me a dinner in place of a sandwich!

girl money's picture

They're now counting spectators in the bid to cover.  They know that we're all watching every auction, holding our breath.

Geither must have promised California to China on his recent visit.

metastar's picture

If governments are printing money AND that money is not being lent out AND that money is not going into paychecks AND people who are still employed continue to contribute to retirement plans, AND banks take funny air money courtsey of central banks worldwide AND central banks are keeping rates low AND nobody is paying anything back to anyone, THEN where does all the money go? It seems like it has to go into stocks and/or bonds and that won't change until someone decides to actually collect on debts. Or, the sky is the limit if we debase our currency.