10 March 2010

And Here Come Those Treasury Auctions

The US equity markets are holding on to the rumour-inspired gains from yesterday, as commodities are hit and the longer end of the bonds slump a bit.

"There is also the matter of the 3, 10, and 30 year Treasury auctions this week. The dollar is often dressed up for the occasion. If not with the fundamentals, then by weakening the 'competition' to make it look prettier than them. If the US stock market cannot move up or hold its ground while the Treasury conducts even modestly successful Treasury auctions, then this is a cautionary indication that Wall Street and the Fed are moving capital in a circle of manipulation to attempt to maintain the illusion of growth, in the manner of a Ponzi scheme." US Dollar Charts Still Technically Strong March 8, 2010

CNN Money
Treasurys dip ahead of auction

By Annalyn Censky
March 10, 2010: 12:12 PM ET

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Treasurys traded lower Wednesday morning ahead of a government auction of $21 billion in 10-year notes.

What prices are doing: In mid-day trading, the benchmark 10-year note fell 10/32 to 99-3/32 and its yield rose to 3.741%. Bond prices and yields move in opposite directions.

What's moving the market: After strong demand in the government's $40 billion auction of 3-year notes Tuesday, analysts expect Wednesday's auction of 10-year notes to be well received, but with slightly less demand. Longer term debt like the 10-year note and 30-year bond traditionally see slightly lower demand in auctions, because of their inherent greater risk.

The auctions include a $13 billion offering in 30-year bonds on Thursday...