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Italy pays record low yields at bond sale after ECB rate cut MILAN: Italy paid record-low yields to sell three-, seven- and 15-year bonds on Thursday at the first auction held after a surprise interest rate cut by the European Central Bank last week.The Treasury raised 6.96 billion euros ($9 billion) over three bonds, at the top of its planned issue range, as analysts said the ECB's expansionary stance supports demand for higher-yielding debt from weaker euro zone issuers.Italy sold a three-year bond due in May 2017 at an average 0.52 percent, down from 0.84 percent when the bond was last sold in July. Italy cancelled its mid-month bond sale in August citing ample cash availability.Thursday's three-year bond sale was covered 1.66 times, versus 1.49 times at the slightly bigger July auction.A December 2021 seven-year bond fetched an average 1.71 percent yield, down from 2.17 percent at the mid-July sale. Demand strengthened from two months ago pushing the bid-to-cover to 1.46 times ...

Spain yields extend rise as wealthy Catalonia watches Scotland LONDON: Spanish bond yields rose sharply for a third consecutive day on Wednesday as investors worried that the push for independence in Scotland might encourage a similar move in Catalonia, with potentially dire consequences for Madrid.Traders cited an unverified online poll conducted by an independent blogger that gave the "Yes" camp 53.9 percent support before the Sept. 18 referendum. http://barker.co.uk/scotlandpollPrevious surveys from recognised polling institutes showed the pro-independence voters running neck-and-neck with those who want ...
UK 30-year gilt yield hits 4-week high on Scotland polls, Carney comments LONDON: British 30-year government bond yields hit their highest level in almost a month on Wednesday, driven higher by more speculation about the prospect of Scottish independence and the possibility of interest rate hikes early next year.The 30-year gilt yield peaked at 3.197 percent, its highest level since Aug. 13, shortly after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney repeated to lawmakers that the point at which interest rates will need to rise had moved closer.At ...
Ten-year Bund yields back above 1 percent before German debt sale LONDON: Ten-year Bund yields rose above 1 percent on Wednesday before an auction of new benchmark German debt expected to lure investors back into the market after a sell-off triggered by fears of faster US interest rate hikes.A study by the San Francisco Federal Reserve released this week showed investors underestimated the speed at which the US central bank may hike interest rates, triggering a rise in yields on both sides of the Atlantic.But the ...
Spanish yields extend rise as restive Catalonia watches Scotland LONDON: Spanish bond yields rose sharply for a third consecutive day on Wednesday as investors worried that the push for independence in Scotland may inspire a similar move in Catalonia, with potentially dire consequences for Madrid.Traders cited an unverified online poll conducted by an independent blogger that gave the "Yes" camp 53.9 percent support before the Sept. 18 referendum. Previous surveys from recognised polling institutes showed the pro-independence voters running neck-and-neck with those who want ...
Spanish yields jump on fears Scotland vote may inspire Catalonia LONDON: Spanish bond yields spiked on Tuesday on investor worries that a strong showing for secessionists in Scotland's independence vote could strengthen other separatist bids in Europe such as that in Spain's wealthy Catalonia region.Pro-independence voters in Scotland are neck-and-neck with those who want the country to remain part of the United Kingdom ahead of a referendum on Sept. 18.Investors see Spain as vulnerable, with Catalonia planning a referendum of its own in November - ...
UK gilt yield curve steepens sharply on Scotland vote risk LONDON: Long-dated British government bond prices tumbled on Monday after supporters of Scottish independence from Britain took their first opinion poll lead less than two weeks before a referendum.The yield curve steepened sharply and sterling fell to a near 10-month low against the dollar following the YouGov survey, which put the "Yes" vote on 51 percent against the "no" camp on 49 percent.Scots head to the voting booths next Thursday.Marc Ostwald, strategist at ADM Investor ...

 



 
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