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Italian bonds gain as investors plough back debt repayments LONDON: Italian bonds outperformed most of their euro zone peers on Monday as investors used money repaid by Rome to buy more of the country's paper in a market boosted by forecast-beating regional business surveys. Purchasing Managers' Index data showed the euro zone's private sector ending the year on a high, rising to 52.7 in December, versus 51.6 the previous month and beating a 51.9 forecast in a Reuters poll. The data, which gauges business activity across thousands of companies large and small, boosted assets perceived as riskier, such as equities and high-yielding euro zone bonds. Italian 10-year yields fell 5 basis points to 4.05 percent, while equivalent Spanish yields fell 3 bps to 4.08 percent. The Italian bonds' outperformance was caused by market players reinvesting some of the 20 billion euros of bonds repaid by Italy. Spain hopes to raise up ...

German Bunds turn flat after upbeat euro zone PMI LONDON: German Bunds pared an early rise on Monday after a survey showed euro zone private sector activity surpassed expectations in December, against a backdrop of investor caution ahead of the Federal Reserve's rate meeting this week. Bunds rose in early trade after separate surveys showed private sector activity in France slowed unexpectedly in December, while growth in activity in China's vast factory sector slowed to a three-month low. But similar surveys showing the euro ...
Two years German yields at 3-month high LONDON: Two-year German yields hit a three-month high on Friday as banks repaid the highest weekly amount since February to the European Central Bank, getting into shape for an upcoming balance sheet review. Banks will repay a massive 22.65 billion euros of crisis loans early to the ECB next week, as the pace with which banks pay back the three-year loans they got from the central bank at the height of the crisis picks ...
German yields at top end of week's ranges in anticipation for Fed LONDON: German bond yields were near seven-week highs on Friday, kept up by the US budget deal, which was seen as removing an obstacle to the Federal Reserve cutting its monetary stimulus. A breakthrough budget deal that avoids a government shutdown in January and blunts automatic spending cuts easily passed in the US House of Representatives on Thursday. Ten-year yields were at the top end of this week's 1.81-1.86 percent range and other euro zone ...
Greece to auction 1.0bn euros of 3 month T-bills on Dec 17 ATHENS: Greece will auction 1.0 billion euros ($1.38 billion) of three-month treasury bills on December 17 to refinance a maturing issue, the country's debt agency PDMA said on Friday. The settlement date will be December 20. 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 ...
Italy yields fall as debt exchange eyed LONDON: Italian bond yields fell on Monday, outperforming euro zone peers a day before a debt exchange aimed at easing the country's 2015 and 2017 repayment burden. Perkier demand for risk assets after upbeat Chinese export data at the weekend also underpinned demand for lower-rated euro zone bonds. The Italian Treasury will buy back on Tuesday floating rate notes (CCTs) maturing in Dec. 2014 and Sept. 2015, fixed rate bonds maturing in March 2015 and ...
Sterling up on house price data, payrolls awaited LONDON: The pound gained slightly on Friday after a report showed U.K. house prices rose more than expected, adding to optimism on the UK economy and making it more likely the Bank of England will tighten monetary policy sooner than predicted. British house prices jumped 1.1 percent in November from October, according to the mortgage lender Halifax. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast a gain of 0.6 percent. The euro was down 0.1 percent against ...

 



 
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