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France to sell 6.5-7.5 billion euros of long-term bonds April 3 PARIS: France will sell 6.5-7.5 billion euros of long-term government bonds at an April 3 auction, the Agence France Tresor public debt management agency said on Friday. The three lines on offer include the 3.75 percent April 2021 OAT, the 2.25 May 2024 OAT and the 3.25 percent May 2045 OAT, the AFT said. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Italy to launch new 6-year BTP Italia bond on April 14 ROME: The Italian treasury said on Friday it will offer a new six-year inflation-linked BTP Italia bond aimed at both retail and professional investors from April 14-17. For the first time since its introduction in March 2012, the new BTP Italia bond will have a longer maturity than the traditional four-year lifespan and will be sold in two separate placements. The bond will be first offered to retail investors from April 14-16, and then to ...
Bund futures fall as Fed rate hikes expected sooner LONDON: German Bund futures fell on Thursday after Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen said the US central bank was likely to end its bond-buying programme this autumn and start raising rates around six months later. Yellen's remarks pointed to a faster route towards higher interest rates than many had expected. Bund futures last traded 40 ticks lower on the day at 142.56. Italian BTP futures fell 21 ticks to 120.59. "We're taking the lead from ...
Bund yields hold near eight-month lows after Crimea vote LONDON: German Bund yields held near eight-month lows on Monday, with tensions between the West and Moscow over the Crimean region's 96 percent vote in favour of joining Russia at the weekend keeping top-rated assets in demand. Western powers have said that the vote in the southern Ukrainian province, which came after Russia effectively occupied it following the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, is illegal and that they will impose sanctions on Russia.German 10-year ...
France to sell 8-9.5bn euros of medium-term bonds on March 20 PARIS: France is set to sell 7-8 billion euros of fixed-rate, medium-term bonds on March 20, and 1.0-1.5 billion euros of bonds linked on French or euro zone inflation, the Agence France Tresor debt management agency said on Friday. The fixed-rate bonds on offer are the July 2016 OAT, July 2017 OAT and May 2019 OAT. Also on offer are July 2018 and 2024 bonds linked to euro zone inflation and a July 2021 OAT ...
Spanish, Italian yields fall back to late 2005 lows LONDON: Spanish and Italian bond yields fell back to their lowest levels in nearly 8-1/2 years on Friday after a solid debt sale in Madrid this week as an improved economic outlook in the euro zone fuelled investor demand. The market was also stabilising after a sell-off in top-rated bonds on Thursday on disappointment that the European Central Bank signalled it was in no hurry to loosen monetary policy further despite ultra-low inflation. Although money ...
Ruble falls sharply in value against euro amid Crimea tension MOSCOW: The Russian ruble on Thursday fell sharply in value against the euro after Crimea's pro-Russia authorities announced they wanted to join Russia and international talks failed to reach consensus.The ruble lost value to trade 50.06 rubles to the euro at 1445 GMT, 0.5 rubles more than the closing price the day earlier, with the pressure increased by optimistic comments by ECB chief Mario Draghi earlier on the eurozone. The ruble also lost value to ...


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