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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 the country to remain within the United Kingdom.Spain's wealthy Catalonia region is planning a vote of its own in November, with the regional parliament expected to pass a law calling the referendum later this month. Madrid is expected to challenge that move in the constitutional court.Artur Mas, the leader of the northeastern region of 7 million people, told Reuters in an interview he is seeking a legal formula for a non-binding vote, although Prime Minister ...

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 ...
Peripheral yields fall, ‘turbo-charged’ by ECB rate cuts LONDON: Yields on the euro zone's lower-rated debt fell on Friday as the European Central Bank's rate cuts and openness to a large-scale bond-buying programme pushed investors towards riskier assets in a quest to maximise returns. An expected ceasefire between Ukraine government forces and pro-Moscow separatists prevented sharp yield falls in top-rated German Bunds, a traditional hedge against geopolitical concerns. The ECB cut its main refinancing rate to 0.05 percent, raised the penalty for banks ...
Spain sells 3bn euros in bonds, yields drop to record lows MADRID: Spain sold 3 billion euros (3.94 billion US dollar) of debt at a double bond auction on Thursday, at the top end of its target range and at record low yields on both maturities. The government had aimed to sell between 2 billion and 3 billion euros of the two bonds. The Treasury sold 2.3 billion euros of a bond due Oct. 31, 2024, at an average yield of 2.272 percent, down from 2.686 ...
Polish long yields plumb record lows on dovish rate outlook BUDAPEST: Poland's government bond yields plumbed new record lows in early trade on Thursday as the slowing Central European recovery fuelled expectations of more monetary easing in the region's biggest economy.After the central bank held its benchmark interest rate at 2.5 percent on Wednesday, in line with consensus forecasts, Governor Marek Belka said interest rate cuts were very likely.Some dealers and investors had predicted a cut of 25 or even 50 basis points as soon ...
UK gilts slide to one-week low on Ukraine ceasefire hopes LONDON: British government bond prices sank to their lowest level in just over a week on Wednesday, during volatile trade driven by changing expectations of whether a further escalation of the Ukraine crisis could be averted.Gilts tracked German Bunds and U.S. Treasuries lower, as world markets jumped after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said a ceasefire had been reached with Russia.While strong British business survey data helped to boost sterling and pushed the FTSE 100 to ...


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