The Treasury Department kicked off this week's series of long-term securities auctions with the sale of $32 billion worth of two-year notes on Tuesday, attracting below average demand.

The two-year note auction drew a high yield of 2.498 percent and a bid-to-cover ratio of 2.61.

Last month, the Treasury sold $30 billion worth of two-year notes, drawing a high yield of 2.310 percent and a bid-to-cover ratio of 2.91.

The bid-to-cover ratio is a measure of demand that indicates the amount of bids for each dollar worth of securities being sold.

The ten previous two-year note auctions had an average bid-to-cover ratio of 2.87.

Looking ahead, the Treasury is due to sell $35 billion worth of five-year notes on Wednesday and $29 billion worth of seven-year notes on Thursday.

by P2PNews Staff Writer

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