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Greek yields dip as QE speculation swirls, debt sale eyed LONDON: Greek yields fell to a four-year low on Monday as investors responded to stronger signals that the European Central Bank could embark on asset purchases this year to fight potential deflation.Investors shrugged off the lack of a statement from Moody's on Friday, when it was widely expected to give an update of Greece's credit ratings under new EU rules requiring rating agencies to lay out the dates on which they review a country's creditworthiness. Some market participants had expected Moody's to lift Greece's ratings by as much as two notches from Caa3, which is nine notches below investment grade.Standard & Poor's and Fitch rank Greece six notches below investment grade at B-. Demand for the country's bonds remained intact in a broadly rallying market after a German newspaper report on Friday added weight to possible bond-buying stimulus in the form of quantitative easing from the ECB. This came a ...

Bunds, Italian debt rise on speculation of ECB QE LONDON: German and Italian bond futures rose in early trade on Monday as investors weighed up the possibility that the European Central Bank could embark on a programme of asset purchases this year to support the economy. Bunds and the rest of the euro zone government bond market rallied sharply on Friday after a German newspaper said the ECB had modelled the effects of buying a trillion euros of assets to ward off deflation. This ...
Bund futures rise half-a-point after US payrolls LONDON: German Bund futures rose more than half-a-point on Friday after a slightly weaker than expected US jobs report and with investors mulling over the European Central Bank's hints about potential asset purchases.Nonfarm payrolls increased by 192,000 new jobs last month after rising 197,000 in February, the Labor Department said. Economists had expected a 200,000 increase. Bund futures were last 54 ticks higher on the day at 143.46. "It's positioning ... the market was quite ...
Romania hires banks for euro bond LONDON: Romania has hired four banks to lead manage a euro-denominated bond, according to several market sources. The sovereign, rated Baa3/BB+/BBB-, has mandated Citigroup, ING, Societe Generale, and UniCredit to arrange the sale. The banks declined to comment. The country tapped the US dollar market earlier this year, raising US$2bn through the issuance of 10- and 30-year notes. It was last in the euro market in October, when it priced a 500m 4.625pc seven-year bond. ...
Bund yields up before 5-year debt sale, a possible clue to views on ECB LONDON: German government bond yields edged higher on Wednesday before a smaller-than-usual auction of five-year debt, which could signal how high investors think the chances are that the European Central Bank will cut interest rates. Most analysts polled by Reuters say the ECB will hold fire at its meeting on Thursday, but euro zone inflation came in at 0.5 percent in March, below forecasts.That has kept alive speculation that policy will loosen. Germany plans to ...
Banco BPI sells some Portugal, Italy bonds LISBON: Portugal's third-largest listed bank BPI said on Tuesday it sold more than 1.3 billion euros ($1.79 billion) of Portuguese and Italian government bonds to comply with new European rules to bolster banks' capital. It said the sale was aimed at reducing its exposure to government debt and thereby cutting the future volatility of capital ratios. The sale, on which the bank made a pre-tax loss of 132 million euros, represents half of its ...
Turkish treasury plans April borrowing of 13.7bn lira ISTANBUL: Turkey's Treasury said on Friday it planned to borrow 13.7 billion lira ($6.26 billion) from domestic markets in April against debt redemptions of 16.4 billion lira. Borrowing in May was seen at 12.2 billion lira against redemptions of 14.7 billion lira.In June, borrowing was seen at 13.7 billion lira against redemptions of 16.9 billion lira, according to the statement on the Treasury's website. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...


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