On Monday, May 28, the ECB announced its weekly Main Refinancing Operation (MRO). The auction was conducted on Tuesday, May 29, and attracted bids from euro area eligible counterparties of €51.18 billion, €13.32 billion higher than the bid amount in the previous week. The amount was allotted in full at a fixed rate equivalent to the prevailing main refinancing rate of one per cent, in accordance with current ECB policy.
Also on Tuesday, May 29, the ECB conducted an auction for a seven-day fixed-term deposit intended to absorb €212 billion. This operation was designed to sterilise the effect of purchases made under the Securities Markets Programme that were settled but had not yet matured by the previous Friday, May 25. The auction was carried out at a variable rate, with euro area eligible counterparties allowed to place up to four bids at a maximum rate of one per cent. It attracted bids amounting to €420 billion, with the ECB allotting €212 billion, or 50.48 per cent of the total bid amount. The marginal rate on the auction was set at 0.26 per cent, with the weighted average rate at 0.26 per cent.
On Wednesday, May 30, the ECB conducted a three-month Longer-Term Refinancing Operation to be settled as a fixed rate tender procedure with full allotment, with the rate fixed at the average rate of the MROs over the life of the operation. The auction attracted bids of €8.31 billion from euro area eligible counterparties, which amount was allotted in full, in accordance with current ECB policy.
Furthermore, on Wednesday, May 30, the ECB conducted a seven-day US dollar funding operation through collateralised lending in conjunction with the US Federal Reserve. This operation attracted bids of $0.50 billion, which was allotted in full at a fixed rate of 0.66 per cent.
Domestic Treasury bill market
In the domestic primary market for Treasury bills, the Treasury invited tenders for 91-day bills maturing on August 31. Bids of €13 million were submitted, with the Treasury accepting €8 million. Since €2 million worth of bills matured during the week, the outstanding balance of Treasury bills increased by €6 million, to stand at €267.45 million.
The yield from the 91-day bill auction was 1.039 per cent, i.e. 1.2 basis points higher than that on bills with a similar tenor issued on May 25, representing a bid price of 99.7381 per 100 nominal.
During the week under review, there was no trading on the Malta Stock Exchange.
Today, the Treasury will invite tenders for 91-day bills and 182-day bills maturing on September 7, and December 7, respectively.
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