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Stellar Demand For 2 Year Treasuries As Dealers Buy Ahead Of Fed's QE Expansion

October 22, 2019

In a curious twist, just two hours after Dealers were falling over themselves to sell Bills to the Fed (at the highest Bid to Cover yet for the Fed's recently relaunched POMO of 5.5x), moments ago the US Treasury sold $40BN in 2Y paper to what was stellar demand for the short-end.


The auction stopped at 1.594%, the second lowest yield since October 2017, with only August's 1.516% lower, and also stopped through the When Issued by a whopping 1.2 bps. This was tied with the biggest stop through since March, with only May 2016 notably greater at 2.3bps.


The bid to cover of 2.695 was also a solid improvement to last month's 2.695, and was notably above the 6-auction average of 2.59. In fact, only May's 2.745 was higher going back to last August.


Finally, the internals were also quite solid, with Indirects taking down 54.83%, slightly below last month's 57.01% but far above the recent average of 48.40%. And with Directs taking down 14.0%, below the six auction average of 21.4%, Dealers were left holding 31.2%, one pp above the 30.2% average.



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