Originally created 04/27/04

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction



WASHINGTON -- Interest rates on short-term Treasury securities rose in Monday's auction.

The Treasury Department sold $17 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 0.970 percent, up from 0.935 percent last week. An additional $14 billion was sold in six-month bills at a rate of 1.165 percent, up from 1.080 percent.

The three-month rate was the highest since Aug. 25, 2003, when the bills sold for 0.980 percent. The six-month rate was the highest since April 21, 2003, when the rate was 1.185 percent.

The new discount rates understate the actual return to investors - 0.985 percent for three-month bills with a $10,000 bill selling for $9,975.50 and 1.188 percent for a six-month bill selling for $9,941.10.

In a separate report, the Federal Reserve said Monday that the average yield for one-year constant maturity Treasury bills, a popular index for making changes in adjustable rate mortgages, rose to 1.50 percent last week from 1.41 percent the previous week.