Just like in yesterday’s scorching 5 Year auction, demand for today’s $29 billion in 7 Year paper was blistering, with a yield of 2.105% stopped through the When Issued 2.108%, and the lowest since November as appetite for the belly of the curve is the highest in months. The Bid to Cover was also very strong at 2.723, the highest since November 2012, and like in other shorter-maturity auctions, has reverse the recent declining trend in BTCs. But the most notable features in the conclude auction, the bulk of which will naturally be quickly flipped back to the Fed, is that while Indirects took down 41.12% or spot on with the 12 Month average, and Dealers were left with 34.28%, below the 40.0% TTM average, it left Directs with 24.6% – this was the highest Direct take down in the history of the bond. The Primary Dealers, who have been openly complaining about Direct Bidder participation in bond auctions in recent weeks, will certainly not be happy about this particular development as increasingly more paper goes straight into the hands of Direct bidders.
Most importantly, and like before, if there are still any vestiges of the Great Rotation from bonds to stocks, don’t look for them here.