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June 23, 2017

Thursday’s Action

Treasuries edged higher on Thursday. Yields of U.S. government debt fell modestly amid strong demand at the 30-year TIPS bond auction. The bid-to-cover ratio, a gauge of demand, increased 58 basis points to 2.83, the highest reading since October 2011. Benchmark 10-year notes were last up 4/32 to yield 2.15%. Shorter-dated two-year paper ticked up 1/32 to yield 1.34%. At the long end of the curve, the 30-year bond was 6/32 higher to yield 2.72%.

Treasury Auction

The U.S. Treasury sold $5 billion in 30-year TIPS Thursday. The offering came to market with a yield of 0.88%. The bid-to-cover ratio rose 58 basis points to 2.83, the highest since October 2011.

Mortgage Rates

Following last week's sharp decline, the 10-year Treasury yield rose three basis points this week. The 30-year mortgage rate remained essentially flat, falling one basis point to 3.90%. According to the most recent Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), mortgage rates are continuing to hold at year-to-date lows amid ongoing economic uncertainty. For the period ending June 22, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell one point to 3.90%, compared to 3.56% this time in 2016. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage average was 3.17%, down from 3.18% last week and compared to 2.83% a year ago. Five-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages (ARM) came in at 3.14%, down from 3.15% in the previous period and compared to 2.74% at this time last year.

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