Fed funds, the U.S. overnight inter-bank lending rate, opened at 0.17 percent, within the Federal Reserve’s target of zero to 0.25 percent.
Fed funds closed at 0.28 percent yesterday after trading from 0.1 percent to 0.28 percent and averaging 0.16 percent, according to ICAP Plc, the world’s largest inter-dealer broker.
The central bank will sell Treasuries maturing from November 2013 to February 2015. The sales are part of the Fed’s program to replace short-term debt in its portfolio with longer-term Treasuries in an effort to keep borrowing costs low.
The central bank plans to sell from $7 billion to $8 billion of securities today, according to the New York Fed’s website.