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Jun 20, 5:54 PM EDT

Rates unchanged at weekly US Treasury bill auction


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills were unchanged in Monday's auction.

The Treasury Department auctioned $31 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 0.270 percent, the same as last week. Another $26 billion in six-month bills was auctioned at a discount rate of 0.400 percent, also unchanged from last week.

The three-month rate over the past two weeks was the lowest since May 9. The six-month rate over the past two weeks was the lowest since May 16.

The discount rates reflect that the bills sell for less than face value. For a $10,000 bill, the three-month price was $9,993.18, while a six-month bill sold for $9,979.78. That would equal an annualized rate of 0.274 percent for the three-month bills and 0.406 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, fell to 0.53 percent last week from 0.59 percent the previous week.

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