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Italian, Spanish bond yields extend fall  LONDON: Italian and Spanish government bond yields dipped on Monday, extending last week's fall following an agreement by European leaders to re-model the euro zone's rescue fund. Italian 10-year yields fell 10 basis points to 5.72 percent, while two-year yields dropped 24 basis points to 3.56 percent. Ten-year Spanish yields were down 8.5 bps at 3.25 percent and two-year yields were down 23 bps at 4.18 percent. "The steepening is being led by the front end as default risk is priced out of the market so using this as a barometer of residual optimism from the summit, it suggests that the proposals do appear to have legs," Rabobank strategist Richard McGuire said. Copyright Reuters, 2012 ...

German Bunds pause after sell-off  LONDON: German government bonds nudged higher at Monday's open, pausing from Friday's sharp sell-off after euro zone leaders surprised markets by agreeing measures to stabilise bond markets. Markets may struggle for direction in the early part of the week with investors hungry for details on the measures and ahead of Thursday's European Central Bank policy meeting and Friday's US employment report. Under pressure from Spain and Italy, euro zone leaders agreed on Friday to let their rescue ...
Italy pays higher rates at five and ten-year bond sale  MILAN: Italy had to pay investors higher rates of return at a five and ten-year bond sale on Thursday, hours before EU leaders were set to meet for a crucial summit on tackling the eurozone debt crisis. The government sold a total of 5.42 billion euros' ($6.73 billion) worth of bonds. The rate on five-year bonds rose to 5,84 percent compared to 5.66 percent on May 30, while the yield on those set to expire in 10 ...
Bunds steady as investors brace for summit, Itay sale  LONDON: German Bund futures were steady on Thursday, with investors reluctant to take big positions before an European Union summit that starts later this session and an Italian auction that will test market sentiment in a difficult environment. European Union leaders go into the two-day meeting in Brussels more openly divided than at any time since the debt crisis erupted in Greece in 2010 and spread over the euro zone. . Before the summit, the market will ...
ECB FRANKFURT: The European Central Bank chief economist Peter Praet said he was "very sceptical" of plan being put forward by Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti to use the ECB to buy bonds of debt-strained euro states, echoing the Bundesbank's criticism. "I am very sceptical about this proposal," Praet told German newspaper Financial Times Deutschland (FTD) in an interview published on Thursday. "The funds would guarantee part of the risks, and we would take the rest on ...
Bunds extend falls, Italy debt recovers before auction  LONDON: German Bund futures extended falls in thin volumes on Wednesday with investors reluctant to increase their exposure to safe haven assets despite low expectations this week's EU summit would yield substantive plans to tackle the debt crisis. "We're still around recent ranges, the moves seem a bit exaggerated because there is no real flow behind them," one trader said. "Hopes (about the EU summit) are fading anyway ... We will be looking to buy on ...
Bunds little changed heading into EU summit  LONDON: German Bund futures opened little changed on Wednesday, with investors reluctant to increase their exposure to safe haven instruments despite fading hopes that an EU summit on Thursday will produce game-changing results. German Chancellor Angela Merkel squashed hopes for common euro zone bonds - seen by some economists as key to secure the future of the euro - on Tuesday, saying Europe would not share total debt liability for as long as she lived. But Germany ...


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