After two ugly auctions, at 1pm ET the Treasury concluded the week's coupon issuance with the sale of $38BN in 7 year paper in what was actually a rather recent auction.
The high yield of 4.908% was above last month's 4.673% and was the highest on record, but more importantly it stopped through the When Issued 4.910% by 0.2bps, a reversal of last month's modest 0.3bps tail.
The bid to cover of 2.704 was a solid improvement to last month's 2.465 and was the highest going back to the March 2020 bond market rollercoaster.
The internals were also solid with Indirects awarded 70.6%, just above the recent average of 70.4%, and with Directs taking down 18.4%, Dealers were left holding just 11.0% below the 6-auction average of 12.0%.
The strong auction took the market, which has gotten used to expecting fire and brimstone on every auction day, by surprise and pushed 10Y yields down to session lows around 4.86%, down more than 10bps from the session highs hit earlier in the session.