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Jun 27, 6:37 PM EDT

Rates on US Treasury bills fall at weekly auction


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills fell in Monday's auction with rates on six-month bills dipping to their lowest point since November.

The Treasury Department auctioned $31 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 0.260 percent, down from 0.270 percent last week. Another $26 billion in six-month bills was auctioned at a discount rate of 0.340 percent, down from 0.400 percent last week.

The three-month rate was the lowest since three-month bills averaged 0.240 percent on May 9. The six-month rate was the lowest since those bills averaged 0.330 percent last Nov. 16.

The discount rates reflect that the bills sell for less than face value. For a $10,000 bill, the three-month price was $9,993.43, while a six-month bill sold for $9,982.81. That would equal an annualized rate of 0.264 percent for the three-month bills and 0.345 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, edged up to 0.55 percent last week from 0.53 percent the previous week.

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