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Rates mixed at weekly US Treasury bill auction

Source : AP
Last Updated: Mon, Dec 10, 2012 21:30 hrs

-term Treasury bills were mixed in Monday's auction: Rates on three-month bills were unchanged and rates on six-month bills fell to the lowest level since mid-September.

The Treasury Department auctioned $32 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 0.09 percent, unchanged from last week. Another $28 billion in six-month bills was auctioned at a discount rate of 0.135 percent, down from 0.14 percent last week.

The six-month rate was the lowest since these bills averaged 0.13 percent on Sept. 17.

The discount rates reflect that the bills sell for less than face value. For a $10,000 bill, the three-month price was $9,997.73 while a six-month bill sold for $9,993.18. That would equal an annualized rate of 0.091 percent for the three-month bills and 0.137 percent for the six-month bills.

Separately, the Federal Reserve said Monday that the average yield for one-year Treasury bills, a popular index for making changes in adjustable-rate mortgages, was unchanged at 0.18 percent last week, the same as the previous week.




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