And so, after a strong 2Y auction on Tuesday and a medicore, tailing 5Y sale yesterday, we finally came to the last bond auction of 2022 when just after 1pm ET, the Treasury sold $35 billion in 7 Year paper in what can at best be described as a sloppy affair.
The high yield of 3.921% was just above last month’s 3.890%, and tailed then when issued 3.913 by 0.8bps. This was the third consecutive tail if far smaller than last month’s 2.7bps gaping tail.
The bid-to-cover of 2.454 was higher than both October and November, but below the six-auction average of 2.512.
The internals were stronger, with Indirects taking down 68.1%, the highest since August and well above the 66.0% recent average; and with Directs awarded 16.2%, or slightly below the recent average of 19.8%, Dealers were left holding 15.8%, above the average of 14.2%.
Overall, a subpar 7Y auction, although if one ignores the tail – which can be ascribed to the sharp drop in yields intraday and the lack of concession – the auction wasn’t that bad which probably explains the lack of any notable market reaction to the bond sale.