If yesterday’s 2 Year Auction showed a substantial pick up in Bids to Cover in recent months, then today’s 5 Year, while sold in terms of end demand with the high yield pricing at 1.340%, through the 1.344% when issued, did not confirm this trend for at least the next longer maturity. The sale of $35 billion in 5 Years came at a 2.61 Bid to Cover, below last month’s 2.65, and below the TTM average of 2.69. More importantly as can be seen on the chart below, the trendline is lower if one sets aside such “one-time” spooking events as debt ceilings and government shutdowns. Indirect demand picked up notably, taking down precisely 50% of the auction, leaving 10.8% to Directs, and just 39.2% to Dealers: the lowest PD takedown since the 37.8% in July. Overall, nothing to write home about as total US debt, contrary to all fabulations about a plunging deficit, continues on its relentless ramp every higher, at last check printing over $17.2 trillion.
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