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US Treasury bill rates rise at weekly auction with 3-month rates at highest point since March

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WASHINGTON - Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills rose in Monday's auction, with rates on three-month bills climbing to their highest level since late March.

The Treasury Department auctioned $25 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 0.040 per cent, up from 0.025 per cent last week. Another $23 billion in six-month bills was auctioned at a discount rate of 0.065 per cent, up from 0.050 per cent last week.

The three-month rate was the highest since those bills averaged 0.045 per cent on March 31. The six-month rate was the highest since those bills averaged 0.070 per cent on June 16.

The discount rates reflect that the bills sell for less than face value. For a $10,000 bill, the three-month price was $9,998.99, while a six-month bill sold for $9,996.70. That would equal an annualized rate of 0.041 per cent for the three-month bills and 0.066 per cent 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 0.11 per cent last week from 0.10 per cent the previous week.

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