Thursday, March 17, 2016

"After Fed-Induced Spike, TIPS Auction Proves Weak" (TIP)

The ETF we use as a proxy, the $16 billion iShares TIPS Bond (TIP) is up 0.24% on the day after trading considerably higher, $113.15, up 0.26.

Here's the recent action via FinViz:
TIP iShares TIPS Bond daily Stock Chart
And the headline story from Barron's Income Investing:
When the Federal Reserve lowered its forecast for future rate hikes Wednesday, Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) spiked along with expectations for higher inflation.

From just before the Fed announcement through mid-day Thursday, the iShares TIPS Bond (TIP) rallied by about $1.50 a share, touching an intra-day  high of $13,51, a level not seen since last May.
Then came the Treasury auction, which surprised traders with weaker demand than expected . Not only were TIPS rallying, but the auction was $2 billion smaller than usual. But the buyers didn’t show up and by 2 p.m., the ETF was at $13.15.

Ian Lyngen of CRT Capital called the auction “uninspired” and noted fewer non-dealers bidding than usual....MORE