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Peripheral bond yields rise on EU election nervousness LONDON: Yields on the euro zone's lower-rated bonds rose on Tuesday, as investors grew increasingly nervous about the outcome of this week's EU elections, which could derail domestic economic reforms.The premium that Italian 10-year yields and Portuguese 10-year yields offered over benchmark German Bunds rose to two- month highs of 189 and 264 basis points, respectively.The main concern was that Eurosceptic parties might do well, causing ruling coalitions to change course to regain popular support, reigniting fears about debts and budget deficits.Greece, where the ruling parties have the smallest majority, is seen as the biggest risk. Many investors fear that votes for Syriza, an anti-bailout leftist party, could weaken the ruling coalition further and pave the way for national elections."Political fears have clearly come to the surface," said Nick Stamenkovic, a bond strategist at RIA Capital Markets.Italian yields rose 5 basis points to 3.20 percent, Portuguese yields rose 4 bps ...

Italian, Spanish yields rise as investors brace for European elections LONDON: Peripheral bond yields rose on Monday, as investors looked to book profits on recent price gains before potentially destabilising European elections.Italian and Spanish bond yields quickly reversed an initial dip, rising 10 basis points to hit the day's highs of 3.06 percent and 3.17 percent, respectively."It's bad positioning," said Owen Callan, a senior analyst at Danske Bank."Everyone has gotten very, very long since the start of May with a lot of peripheral supply and ...
Irish yields dip back towards record lows after ratings lift LONDON: Irish bond yields dipped on Monday after Moody's lifted the country's rating by two notches, citing strong growth dynamics which are expected to speed up fiscal consolidation and cut the country's debt.At around 120 percent of GDP, Ireland still has one of the most bloated government debt burdens in the euro zone. But with the economy set to grow at 2 percent this year, and further rating upgrades expected, Irish bonds should continue to ...
Russian domestic treasury bond market revives MOSCOW: The Russian finance ministry successfully returned to the domestic treasury bond market on Wednesday after a hiatus caused by Moscow's confrontation with Ukraine, selling all its offering and meeting less than half the demand. The finance ministry has been forced to call off most of its weekly auctions since Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea and allegedly backed separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, as investors rushed to ditch rouble assets. The ministry had said on Tuesday ...
Yield spread between UK gilts and Bunds widest in over 15 years LONDON: The difference in yields between British and German 10-year government bonds widened on Monday to hit its highest since 1998, as traders increased bets on divergent outlooks for official interest rates.Ten-year gilt yields rose almost 5 basis points on the day to hit a one-month high of 2.733 percent, causing the spread over 10-year Bunds to widen more than 3 basis points to peak at 126.6 basis points by 0759 GMT, a level last ...
Spain sells 4.6bn euros in bonds, beats target MADRID: Spain sold 4.6 billion euros ($6.4 billion) of debt at a triple bond sale on Thursday, beating the top end of the target range as appetite for relatively high-yielding Spanish debt remains strong. The auction aimed to raise between 3.5 billion and 4.5 billion euros. The Treasury sold 1 billion euros of a bond due April 30, 2017, at an average yield of 1.039 percent, compared to 1.022 percent at the last auction April ...
Euro zone yields edge higher on Putin comments LONDON: Euro zone bond yields edged up on Wednesday after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared to open a way to resolving the standoff over Ukraine and as Germany found scarce demand for five-year debt at an auction.Putin called on separatists in east Ukraine to postpone a referendum on independence for the mostly Russian-speaking region and said Moscow had withdrawn troops from the border with Ukraine. A NATO official said, however, that there was ...


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