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Europe

Markets - Fixed Income - Europe

Portugal borrowing costs largely shrug off leftist government LISBON: Portugal's 10-year borrowing costs edged marginally higher in an auction on Wednesday from the previous sale last month after Tuesday's appointment of Socialist Antonio Costa as prime minister who will have to rely on support from the far left.As in the previous sales and in the secondary market, investors prefer to focus on the European Central Bank's bond-buying programme encompassing Portuguese debt."The issue has been well received. There is overriding support for Portuguese bonds from the ECB and this is despite the appointment of a left government where the hard left is going to have a say," said Orland Green, debt strategist at Credit Agricole."But the market is not too concerned about this and the auction is seen as a relief ... We're positive in the medium term about Portugal and happy to take on Portuguese debt," he added.State debt agency IGCP sold 995 million euros, practically all it ...

Markets - Fixed Income - Europe

Unshaken ECB easing expectations bring Bund yields back down LONDON: German Bund yields dropped on Tuesday as this week's strong euro zone economic data failed to shake expectations the European Central Bank could ease monetary policy further next week.The benchmark for euro zone borrowing costs rose 5 basis points on Monday after business surveys showed growth in the bloc accelerated to a four-year high and far more than expected.It was the first rise after 10 consecutive daily falls and it was a brief one, ...

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Euro zone yields rise as Belgium begins issuance spree LONDON: Euro zone bond yields rose on Monday as Belgium kicked off a week of long-dated bond sales that could dampen a recent rally born out of expectations for more European Central Bank easing.Belgium is the first of six euro zone sovereigns to sell debt this week for a combined total of about 19 billion euros. Yields tend to rise ahead of debt sales as investors make room in their portfolios for the new supply.Meanwhile, ...

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Bulgaria tops its 20-year bonds to 900mn euros SOFIA: Bulgaria has reopened its 850-million-euro ($908.06 million)government bonds due in 2035 and sold an additional 50 million euros to a global investor, the finance ministry said on Friday. "The debt operation is in line with the mid-term global bonds programme and will not exceed the debt ceiling for 2015," the ministry said in a statement. The Balkan country sold 3.1 billion euros of government bonds in its biggest ever sale in March, including the ...

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Slimmer government majority halts Greek bond rally after bailout bill LONDON: Greek government bond yields rose sharply on Friday, giving up early falls, as euphoria surrounding the passing of a key reform bill gave way to concerns about renewed political instability. Greece's parliament approved the legislation on Thursday to secure further aid from its international lenders, but Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras expelled two dissenting coalition lawmakers after the vote. The government can now count on only 153 votes in the 300-seat chamber. Greek two-year yields ...

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ECB bets send euro zone yields lower as Fed signals liftoff LONDON: Euro zone bond yields fell on Thursday as the prospect of an imminent U.S. rate hike failed to shake investor confidence that the European Central Bank is just weeks away from announcing further stimulus.Minutes from the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting showed a solid core of policymakers had rallied behind the country's first hike in nearly a decade, firming bets for liftoff on Dec. 16.Some strategists had previously suggested a rate rise from the ...

Markets - Fixed Income - Europe

Spain sells 3.5bn euros in bonds, yields fall MADRID: Spain sold 3.5 billion euros ($3.74 billion) in debt at a triple bond auction on Thursday, with yields falling across all maturities amid heightened expectations of further European Central Bank stimulus in the coming weeks.Spain hit its mid-range sales target, after a weak auction by Germany a day earlier suggested that investors' demand for low yields was waning.Spain had sold around 96 percent of its end-of-year medium- and long-term debt target following the auction, ...