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Greek yields fall as hurdle to bailout talks seen resolved LONDON: Greek yields fell on Tuesday on news that Athens and its foreign lenders had largely resolved differences over a potential fiscal gap this year, removing a hurdle to talks to release more bailout funds. A review of progress under its EU/IMF bailout has dragged on since September, largely due to wrangling over how Athens would plug a gap in this year's budget. Surprisingly strong data on a primary surplus for 2013 helped to resolve this issue, sources on both sides of the negotiations told Reuters. Greek 10-year yields fell 10 basis points to 8.37 percent on the report, outperforming euro zone peers, albeit in thin liquidity. The yields have been retreating from 2014 peaks since Monday after Germany denied suggestions that private bondholders could suffer further losses in a potential new aid programme. "Any developments that increase the chances of payments ...

German yields fall on talk Draghi wants to stop sterilisation LONDON: German Bund yields hit their lowest in six months on Tuesday on talk the European Central Bank was seeking support to stop sterilising its crisis-era bond purchases in money markets. The ECB takes an amount equivalent to its holdings of euro zone government bonds as weekly deposits from banks to offset the buying and neutralise any threat it will fuel inflation. The weekly operations are also aimed at quelling concerns the bond purchases were ...
Greece to auction 625mn euros of 6-month T-bills on Feb 4 ATHENS: Greece will auction 625 million euros ($847.72 million) of six-month treasury bills on February 4 to refinance a maturing issue, the country's debt agency PDMA said on Friday. The settlement date will be February 7. Only primary dealers will be allowed to participate and no commission will be paid. Monthly T-bill sales are Greece's sole remaining source of market funding. Athens has a stock of about 15 billion euros of T-bills that it regularly ...
Spain to issue bonds due 2017 and 2019 on Feb. 6 MADRID: Spain's Treasury said on Friday it would issue two bonds at its next scheduled auction Feb. 6, one due 2017 and the other due 2019. The two bonds include one due on April 30, 2017, with a 2.1 percent coupon and one due on April 30, 2019, with a 2.75 percent coupon. The Treasury will announce how much it hopes to raise at the auction on Monday at around 1300 GMT. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Italy's 10-year debt costs fall at auction, 5 year hit record low MILAN: Italy's benchmark 10-year debt costs fell to their lowest since August 2010 at auction on Thursday with large redemption flows feeding demand for its bonds amid buoyant investor sentiment towards weaker euro zone countries. Italy paid a euro lifetime record low yield on the first tranche of a five-year bond. It raised a total of 8.46 billion euro in bonds, near the top of its planned range, as analysts said improving fundamentals in the ...
Bunds track US Treasuries higher on US, China concerns LONDON: German Bund futures pushed higher on Friday, tracking gains overnight in US Treasuries after weak US and China data triggered concerns about global growth.Weaker stock markets also underscored the still-fragile nature of the global economic recovery, supporting demand for higher-rated government debt."The squeeze higher (in Bunds) from yesterday continues with US yields (falling) and it may be to do with economic concerns after the China and US data yesterday. Cashflows are quite positive next ...
Spanish yields ease back towards 8 year low before debt sale LONDON: Spanish yields dipped back towards eight-year lows on Wednesday as Madrid launched a new 10-year bond which is expected to meet solid demand with large coupon and debt repayments likely to be reinvested into the market. Madrid, which has set up a brisk pace to meet its 2014 funding programme, has tasked a syndicate of banks to sell an April 30, 2024 bond, a banker close to the sale told IFR Markets, a Thomson ...


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