• BullionStar
    05/30/2016 - 21:24
    The US Gold Market is best known as the home of gold futures trading on the COMEX in New York. The COMEX has a literal monopoly on gold futures trading volumes worldwide, but very little physical...

Another Record Direct Bid Award In Today's 3 Year Auction

Tyler Durden's picture


A month after December's 3 Year bond auction drew a record Direct bidder takedown, the Treasury has just auctioned off another batch of $32 billion in TSYs, which was almost a carbon copy of last month, with weak Indirect interest (28.4% Indirects), a stable Bid To Cover of 0.3623, increasing from last month's 0.3356%, a high yield of 3.85% (5.51% awarded at the high), just inside of the 0.386% When Issued, and another record Direct Bidder take down, rising to 26.4%, and just shy of surpassing the Indirects, as happened in December. The curious shift away from Indirects to Directs continues, even as Primary Dealers as usual pocket around half of the auction, to be used a near cash-equivalent collateral in various repo markets (and afterwards perhaps using the cash repo proceeds to sell IG9 indices?) Keep an eye on the Bid to Cover in future auctions as we may have hit a ceiling in this old-fashioned metric which has lately been moving sideways, and outright downward in some other TSY bond year.

Your rating: None

- advertisements -

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Tue, 01/08/2013 - 14:18 | 3133486 idea_hamster
idea_hamster's picture

Are the direct and indirect portions of the chart swapped or am I mis-reading something?

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 20:38 | 3134597 Non Passaran
Non Passaran's picture

Dark red, left-hand axis: Directs

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 14:20 | 3133492 youngman
youngman's picture

Its Japan........its always Japan....next thing they will buy Rockefeller Center or something stupid like a Pebble Beach golf course..buy hey..the just bought a 1.5 million dollar Tuna...so they got sushi for ya

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 14:41 | 3133564 magpie
magpie's picture

wouldnt that only explain 10% of the interest

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 15:05 | 3133676 smlbizman
smlbizman's picture

i wonder what the shelf life is of that tuna...is it acceptle, (i doubt) to eat thawed sushi...i would think they are more like all self respecting southeners who wont eat instant grits....

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 14:22 | 3133503 yogibear
yogibear's picture

Bernake and the Federal Reserve buy more debt. Their the only game in town thorugh member banksters,

Magic printed money soaking up US debt. A game until others around the world challenge the US dollar as the world currency.


Bernanke and the Federal Reserve banksters will keep the debt out at member banks. A game of fiat, bluffing and perception.



Tue, 01/08/2013 - 14:23 | 3133507 buzzsaw99
buzzsaw99's picture

i think you may have missed a decimal place on the yield or a zero on the duration or something.

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 14:29 | 3133523 I Am Not a Copp...
I Am Not a Copper Top's picture

Me confused.  Please correct.

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 14:30 | 3133528 lemonobrien
lemonobrien's picture

how can the treasury sell bonds when deys over da debt limits?

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 14:35 | 3133539 Dr. Engali
Dr. Engali's picture

Hey Tyler are the bid to cover and high yield numbers out of place? Or is there a decimal out of place at the high yield and the bid to cover number completely off?

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 14:50 | 3133611 DrDinkus
DrDinkus's picture

The bid to cover is a ratio, not an absolute yield.


Tue, 01/08/2013 - 14:58 | 3133629 Dr. Engali
Dr. Engali's picture

I know what the bid to cover is but if you look at the numbers they are all out of whack.  Here are the actual numbers from treasury direct..the bid to cover was 3.62%. High yield 0.385%.

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 14:36 | 3133548 realtick
realtick's picture

Banks Fund Governments & Banks Want Their Money http://chartistfriendfrompittsburgh.blogspot.com/2013/01/banks-fund-gove...

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 14:40 | 3133559 yogibear
yogibear's picture

Due to money printing and shifting of the fiat it's difficult to see where the real funds are coming from when the Federal Reserve can have one of it's member banksters buy. 

A shell game by these Princeton financial players at the Fed. 


Tue, 01/08/2013 - 14:42 | 3133567 q99x2
q99x2's picture

They got my Spring semester college tuition in that one. Yeehoo.

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 14:45 | 3133581 Freddie
Freddie's picture

Mint the coin!  Mint the Obama Platinum $1 Trillion Coin!  USSA!  USSA!  Kenya!  Zimbabwe!!  

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 16:30 | 3133962 lakecity55
lakecity55's picture

I think Marx should be on the Reverse, with a hammer and sickle.

Forward, Soviet!

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 20:33 | 3134588 Non Passaran
Non Passaran's picture

Let's leave the design decision to Mr. Banzai, shall we?

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 14:47 | 3133583 AccreditedEYE
AccreditedEYE's picture

Who the hell wants to sell IG9 when you can buy ES? Waaaay more bang from you quad-hypothicated/created-out-of-thin-air cash. Hell, short IG9 and THEN buy ES... it's only money. Just be sure to BTFD. Train is leaving the station right now... all aboard!

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 14:53 | 3133625 AynRandFan
AynRandFan's picture

I'm a little fuzzy on this, but doesn't it mean we are seeing fewer and fewer foreign buyers, replaced by perhaps the Fed itself, and also a less competitive auction?

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 15:02 | 3133666 Kreditanstalt
Kreditanstalt's picture

Let me get this straight: "indirect bidders" actually buy DIRECTLY, without going thru primary dealers, right?  They are allegedly usually foreign CBs.  If this segment is shrinking lately, does that indicate foreign CBs are buying less?  Maybe the world economy and trade are slowing.

But the last time this happened it was not good for the USD and beneficial to gold.

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 15:58 | 3133844 davinci7_gis
davinci7_gis's picture

At what point does the world look at the piece of paper called the dollar and realize that it is worthless compared to any commodity? 

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 16:47 | 3134032 hairball48
hairball48's picture

I think the shrinking interest in USTreasuries by the foreign CBs(and other foreign investors) is just one more indication of the world preparing for the great fall of Humpty Dumpty--the US Dollar.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 03:18 | 3135500 yang46
yang46's picture

just handful cheap cocktail dresses of recommendations to generate you realize the distinction involving casual wedding dresses and formal wedding dresses. The distinctive casual tea length wedding dresses properly will make you delighted and pleased. Seek to walk around the aisle and have thelace wedding dresses feeling of owning quite possibly the most highly-priced wedding dress

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!