DXY Index Tests 96.00 After US Treasury Bill Auction
- The Treasury offered $45 billion in 3-month and $39 billion in 6-month bills.
- Since June, the benchmark 10-year bond yield has climbed a little over 11%.
- Rising rates have been a source of concern for investors in October, spooking equity markets.
The US Treasury auctioned a series of short-term bills Monday, which could potentially attract capital from other low-risk investments as US bond yields climb. The auction of $45 billion in 3-month bills fetched a rate of 2.346% while the 6-month bills offered 2.489%. Since June, the benchmark 10-year yield has staged a rather robust climb from 2.859% to Mondays 3.195%. Given the consistent flow of US Treasury bills onto the market, it is not anomalous but investors have begun to express concern.
In the first week of October alone, the 10-year yield jumped from 3.065% to 3.242%. The dramatic uptick was one of the contributing factors investors highlighted in the recent equity rout. The rout saw the S&P 500 surrender over 150 points in two days.
US 10-Year Treasury Bond Yield vs S&P 500 Price Chart: Daily Timeframe (June to October 2018) (Chart 1)
While rising yields may have weighed on equity markets, the US Dollar continues to show considerable strength with the Dollar basket testing 96.00. The Treasury auction will only work to bolster the Dollar’s position, reducing the immediate supply of capital in the global market.
DXY Index Price Chart: Hourly Timeframe (October 2018) (Chart 2)
On the larger scale however, even an auction worth $84 billion will do little to heavily impact the Dollar’s price versus other major counterparts. Thus, the greenback sourced its strength from other factors on Monday like the precipitous drop in GBP/USD after a no confidence vote risk. Later in the week, the Dollar will look to US GDP data due Friday for influence.
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--- Written by Peter Hanks, Junior Analyst for DailyFX.com
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