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Portugal sells 1.25bn euros in 10-year bond at record low yield LISBON: Portugal sold all 1.25 billion euros in 10-year bonds on offer on Wednesday at a record low yield for a debt auction even as secondary market yields have risen in the past week on concerns that Greece could leave the euro.The allotment yield on the Oct. 2025 bond fell to 2.5062 percent from 3.177 percent paid in the previous regular auction in November, the state debt agency IGCP said. It was also lower than near 2.9 percent Portugal paid in a syndicated 10-year bond placement last month.Portugal exited its international bailout in May last year and resumed normal financing in the debt market with its bond yields falling sharply from the highs of nearly 18 percent in 2012. More recently, yields were helped lower by the announcement of a sovereign bond-buying programme in the euro area by the European Central Bank.The bid-to-cover ratio was 1.88 in the auction. Copyright ...

Spain's BBVA to issue 1.5bn euros in contingent convertible bonds MADRID: Spanish bank BBVA is to strengthen its capital base through issuing contingent convertible bonds worth 1.5 billion euros ($1.70 billion). In a statement to the stock market regulator on Tuesday, BBVA said the issue would be offered only to foreign private banks and qualified investors. The bank would ask the bonds, convertible to shares which would trade on the Irish stock exchange, to count as part of its Tier 1 capital ratio, BBVA said ...

Long-dated gilts reach one-month low on Greek hopes, looming supply LONDON: Long-dated British government bond prices fell to their lowest in a month on Tuesday, following German Bunds and U.S. Treasuries down on renewed hopes of a deal between Greece and the European Union.Very long-dated gilt prices suffered especially big declines before an auction on Wednesday of 30-year bonds. Short-dated debt was little changed in price.Major government debt prices tumbled and European shares gained with the euro following media reports of a possible agreement between ...

South Africa's bonds, rand weak on risk-averse trade JOHANNESBURG: Yields on South Africa's government debt rose on Tuesday after a poor bond auction and the rand weakened to a month-low as Greece's debt woes and Ukraine's conflict sapped risk appetite.Government bonds weakened with the yield for the 2026 benchmark jumping 13 basis points to a month-high of 7.585 percent as of 1516 GMT."It's a combination of international trends, the rand that is under pressure and then we had a weak bond auction," said ...

Euro zone bond yields broadly dip, eyes shift to US payrolls LONDON: Yields on most euro zone bonds fell on Friday as the market's focus shifted from Greek tensions with its EU lenders to US jobs data that investors hope will provide clues as to when the Federal Reserve might hike interest rates. Greek bonds continued to underperform the rest of the market though the selloff in the country's assets was modest after the European Central Bank let the country's central bank offer its banks enough ...

German Bunds cut gains, stocks trim losses after US jobs data LONDON: European stocks trimmed earlier losses and German Bund futures erased gains on Friday after US data showed job growth rising solidly in January and wages rebounding. January marked the 11th straight month of job gains above 200,000, the longest streak since 1994, in a show of underlying strength in the economy that puts a mid-year interest rate increase from the Federal Reserve back on the table.The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 equity index turned flat, having ...

Five-year gilt yields hit one-month high after US jobs data LONDON: British government bond prices fell sharply after data showed that the US economy created many more jobs than expected, extending the week's heavy losses and taking five-year gilt yields to their highest in more than a month. The robust US payrolls figures -- which included sizeable upward revisions to previous months' data -- go some way to ease concerns about the health of the global economy, which took 10-year gilt yields to a record ...


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