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ISTANBUL: The yield on Turkey's benchmark bond fell to 8.92 percent on Wednesday, the lowest level since the end of February, after Moody's Investors Service raised Turkey's government bond ratings by one notch to Ba1 from Ba2. The agency cited a significant improvement in Turkey's public finances and the resulting increased shock-absorption capacity of the government's balance sheet. Copyright Reuters, 2012 ...

Spanish and Italian CDS fall along with yields  LONDON: The cost of insuring Spanish and Italian debt against default fell on Wednesday as investors clung to hopes of more central bank stimulus or crisis-fighting policy action, improving appetite towards debt issued by peripheral countries. Expectations the Federal Reserve may provide more support to the world's largest economy when it announces its monetary policy decision later in the day, improved appetite for riskier assets including Italian and Spanish debt in early trade. Europe told a Group ...
German Bund futures stay near 6-week low  LONDON: German Bund futures lingered around their lowest levels in six weeks on Wednesday as investors betting on more monetary stimulus from the US central bank preferred riskier, higher-yielding assets. The Federal Reserve concludes a two-day policy meeting later and the market has high expectations that it may extend its bond-buying programme dubbed "Operation Twist". The programme aims to push down long-term borrowing costs by selling short-term securities to buy longer-term ones. At 0607 GMT, Bund futures ...
Spanish yields fall after bill sale, Bunds sell-off  LONDON: Spain's government bond yields fell sharply but remained above the 7 percent danger level on Tuesday, as a short-term debt sale showed Madrid was still able to access international markets although at increasing cost to the Treasury. The Spanish government paid the highest average cost since the launch of the euro to sell 12-month paper, with the higher yields helping lure investors.  Concerns about the country's long-term ability to fund itself are so acute that analysts ...
Spanish yields hold near highs; debt sales key  LONDON: Spanish government bond yields held near euro-era highs on Tuesday as the country faced a tricky test at a short-term debt sale with funding costs at levels seen as unsustainable and many analysts saying a sovereign bailout is inevitable. Safe-haven German bonds held steady after rallying on Monday when relief over Greek election results gave way to concerns over Spain's deteriorating economic and fiscal health. Spanish 10-year yields shot above 7 percent on Monday to their ...
Bunds pause after rally; focus on Spain  LONDON: German government bonds were steady at Tuesday's open, pausing after rallying the previous day as relief over Greece's election results quickly gave way to mounting concerns that Spain may need a full bailout. Greece's conservatives said they were poised to form a coalition government with the Socialists, easing fears that the country would leave the euro. Key now will be whether the country seeks to renegotiate its bailout deal. Spanish bonds are expected to remain under ...
Spanish bond rates switch to record above 7 percent  PARIS: The rate which Spain must pay to borrow for 10 years switched direction and rose to a record above 7.0 percent in morning trading on Monday after dipping in response to the Greek election. The sudden rise was a signal that immediate dangers of debt contagion within the eurozone remain despite the Greek vote in favour of rescue terms. The Spanish yield rose to 7.061 percent from 6.838 percent late on Friday. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), ...


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