The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday sold $25 billion in three-year notes at a yield of 1.066 percent, matching the level set in September, Treasury data showed.
The yield level at the three-year note auction in September was the highest since April 2011.
The bid-to-cover ratio, an indicator of demand, was 3.24, higher than November but below the recent 6-month average.
The indirect bid was 42.2 percent, the largest since August 2011, and direct bid was 10.1 percent, the smallest since June 2013.
The 3-year note yield rose slightly to 1.043 percent from 1.038 percent before the auction.
The 10-year Treasury note yield gained to 2.213 percent.
The 30-year Treasury bond yield edged higher to 2.873 percent.