U.S. Treasury yields fell on Tuesday after the U.S. government's auction of 3-year Treasury notes, the first of three debt auctions this week.
The Treasury Department auctioned $27 billion in three-year notes at a high yield of 0.992 percent, the highest since May 2011. The bid-to-cover ratio, an indicator of demand, was 3.38.
In the "when issued" market, traders had expected the issue due July 2017 fetch a yield of 0.996 percent.
Indirect bidders, which include major central banks, were awarded 38.2 percent of the supply, their largest share since February.
Three-year Treasury notes rose 3/32 in price to yield 0.943 percent after the announcement.
The yield on benchmark 10-year Treasury notes—used to calculate mortgage rates and other consumer loans—last stood at 2.56 percent, down from 2.62 on Monday. The 30-year bond, meanwhile, was up 1 6/32 in price to yield 3.38 percent, down from yesterday's 3.44 percent.
U.S. government debt yields declined for a second day on the notion that last week's report showing hefty job gains in June was not strong enough to spur the Federal Reserve to raise short-term interest rates before the second half of 2015, analysts and traders said.