I grew up reading Autoweek, Car & Driver, Road & Track, Motortrend ever since I was but a wee lad. Then the internet happened. Aside from bathroom reading, I seldom read any of these magazines anymore, nor do I visit their websites, as they’re largely klunky and generally crappy all-around. Instead, I read websites like Jalopnik and Autoblog. Why?
Today’s 13 and 26 week bill auctions have been updated on the US Bond Auction Statistics page [link, GDocs]. Also I have updated the calendar with the upcoming March issuance.
Tomorrow in Fed Buyback land we have the purchase (monetization, fluffering) of the 8/15/2028 – 2/15/2041 maturities; 1.5-2.5 billion expected. The SOMA holdings sheet along with our overlay of when that particular CUSIP was auctioned for tomorrow’s operation can be found here [GDocs].
An interesting article by @The_Anal_yst caught my eye during lunch: BMW to UAW: You Suck. Must read, given the union vs. nonunion “tensions” occurring as of late.
Have a nice day,
This commercial from BMW is an awesome F*CK YOU to the UAW and all unions. While the Big 3 were all in bankruptcy and getting federal bailouts, BMW spent a billion dollars expanding a plant in South Carolina. Last I checked, most of these employees are non-union. Oh yea, and BMW – a luxury automaker – is actually profitable, and still was, even during the crisis. GM, Ford, Chrysler, friends (or frenemies) of the UAW? Saved only by the largess and questionably-legal bailout actions of the Government*.
Fairly quiet day, next week to round out February’s issuance, early in the week we have a couple of bill auctions. You can view the Auction Calendar/Historical Auction Stats document here.
Today was a mixed bag in terms of spreads, even given the price volatility that we’ve seen especially the last week with the Middle East situation. Today’s 7Y auction comments are here, however that took a back seat to late day rumors that a certain individual had been shot in Libya.
Yay, GM posted 2010 net income of positive $4,668 billion! Detroit is back, baby!
Oh, what’s that? 28% of 2010 EBIT (earnings before interest & tax) came from just the 3rd quarter of the North America segment? And that number decreased 67% in the 4th quarter? GM Europe is hemorraging money, too? And those are the red flags I found just on the FIRST PAGE of their 8-page earnings release?!?!?!?
Dig deeper. The truth is seldom as rosy as the headlines would have you believe.
Here’s the look at the 7 year auction, results were largely “expected”, no large tails in terms of yield:
Here’s the updated bond auction worksheet with charts [GDocs]
Here’s the 3PM snapshot of the US bond market:
Tomorrow we have the 7Y auction on deck, you can see the previous stats here.
Today’s 5Y auction was pretty “ugly”, here’s the stats: