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Portugal bond yields dip, near 8-year lows before auction return LONDON: Portuguese debt yields dipped back towards eight-year lows on Tuesday, outpacing core euro zone government bonds as Lisbon prepares to sell bonds via auction for the first time in three years this week. Wednesday's 750 million euro sale of 10-year bonds, which will follow a series of syndicated bond offerings since early 2013, will help show that the country can finance itself after its planned exit from an EU/IMF bailout on May 17. "It is part of Portugal's long road back to becoming full market participants," said Luca Jellinek, credit strategist at Credit Agricole, adding that a strong auction would pull borrowing costs in Portugal, and the rest of the euro zone periphery, lower. Portuguese 10-year bond yields dipped 1 basis point to 3.73 percent on Tuesday, just above above eight-year lows of 3.66 percent hit last week. Other peripheral bond markets also edged back towards multi-year lows, tightening ...

China lawmakers may loosen local govt debt ban SHANGHAI: China's legislature is considering revisions to budget law that may clear the way for local governments to raise funds directly, rather than borrowing through special-purpose vehicles, state media said, as Beijing tries to clean up opaque municipal debt.China's economic reformers want to bring greater transparency to the roughly $3 trillion in local government debt already outstanding. Local governments have borrowed heavily over the years in the service of investment-driven growth, but rising bad loans ...
Mauritius 273-day Treasury bills yield falls to 2.93pc PORT LOUIS: The weighted average yield on Mauritius' 273-day Treasury bills fell to 2.93 percent at auction on Friday from 3.05 percent at the previous sale, the central bank said. The Bank of Mauritius sold all the 600 million rupees ($20 million) worth of bills on offer. It received bids worth 1.7 billion rupees at yields ranging from 3.90 percent to 2.90 percent.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Spain to issue bonds due 2017, 2019 and 2024 next Thursday MADRID: Spain will issue 3-, 5- and 10-year bonds at a scheduled auction on April 24, the Treasury said. The bonds are due April 30, 2017, with a 2.1 percent coupon, April 30, 2019, with a 2.75 percent coupon and April 30, 2024, with a 3.8 percent coupon. The target amount the Treasury wishes to raise at the auction will be announced on Monday at around 1200 GMT. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Yields rise on Chinese growth, rising stocks NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices fell on Wednesday as better-than-expected growth in China helped boost riskier assets, including stocks, reducing demand for safe-haven government bonds.China, the world's second-largest economy, grew 7.4 percent in the January-March quarter from a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday. That was slightly stronger than the median forecast of 7.3 percent in a Reuters poll but still slower than 7.7 percent in the final quarter of 2013.A ...
Irish debt may trade lower DUBLIN: Irish debt could fall lower to trade at levels just above that of Belgium's, the head of the country's debt agency said, indicating that a turnaround in its bond market is showing no signs of slowing down.Ireland sold 10-year bonds at a record low yield of 2.9 percent last week, compared to the 2.09 level Belgium currently trades, although John Corrigan said this showed how dislocated markets are at present as well as the ...
JGBs steady to softer as traders adjust their positions ahead of auctions TOKYO: Japanese government bond prices are steady to slightly weaker on Monday with some minor position adjustments ahead of this week's auctions. The 10-year JGB futures stood flat at 145.01 and the 10-year cash bond yield was untraded, with 0.60 percent seen as a strong support for the yield. Traders tried to adjust their positions ahead of this week's two auctions, a five-year JGB auction on Tuesday and 20-year JGB auction on Thursday. The five-year ...


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