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LONDON: German Bund futures hovered near record highs on Thursday as rapidly rising Spanish borrowing costs intensified expectations that Madrid may need outside help to save its banks and stave off contagion from the Greek crisis. The European Commission said it was ready to offer Spain an extra year to reduce its budget deficit and direct aid to recapitalise its weak banks from the euro zone's rescue fund. But it is member states who decide whether to adopt those proposals and Germany has so far opposed any collective banking resolution. At 0606 GMT, Bund futures were flat on the day at 145.33, having hit a record high of 145.47 in the previous session. Ten-year cash yields were little changed at 1.27 percent. Two-year German yields hit a record low of 0.002 percent on Wednesday. "It is going to get a lot worse before it gets better and the market perversely acts as it is ...

LONDON: Italian government bond yields broke above the 6 percent danger level on Wednesday as traders made room for fresh supply later in the day against a backdrop made difficult for riskier bonds by banking troubles in Spain. Spanish yields also jumped as investors worried about the country's plans to raise new funds to recapitalise nationalised lender Bankia when the country's borrowing costs are rising daily. Safe-haven German Bund futures hit a record high and 10-year German ...
LONDON: German government bond yields hit new lows along most of the curve on Wednesday, while Spanish and Italian bond yields rose ahead of a bond sale by Italy and with worries about Spain's banks intensifying. German 10-year yields hit fresh lows of 1.34 percent, while futures rallied to 144.62 before retreating slightly to stand 26 ticks higher on the day at 144.56. Five- and 30-year yields also hit record lows . Italian 10-year government bonds yields nudged ...
LONDON: German Bund futures were little changed on Wednesday after hitting a record high in the previous session as Spain's banking troubles kept investors nervous, making for a difficult backdrop to a sale of Italian bonds later in the day. Domestic investors are expected to ensure sufficient demand for the Treasury's offer of up to 6.25 billion euros of five- and 10-year bonds, but borrowing costs are set to rise. Further bad news from Spain could put ...
LONDON: Spanish bond yields rose on Tuesday as investors fretted that efforts to recapitalise the country's frail banking sector could mean the government selling more bonds and adding to the growing pressure on public finances. A government source said Spain would probably issue new bonds to help fund the 19 billion euro rescue of its fourth-biggest lender Bankia. With 10-year borrowing costs approaching the 7 percent level which is viewed as a point where governments need to ...
LONDON: German Bund futures held within sight of record highs on Tuesday as concerns over the cost of shoring up the Spanish banking system kept safe-haven assets in strong demand. Bunds paused for breath after rallying on Monday as Spanish debt came under heavy pressure with the 10-year yield spread between the two hitting euro-era highs. Little respite was in sight for the bonds with troubled lender Bankia - which asked for a 19 billion euros bailout ...
LONDON: Gilt futures settled a few ticks higher on Monday, after Greek opinion polls placed pro-bailout parties in the lead to win next month's election, tempering the impact of news that Spain has proposed putting sovereign debt into struggling lender Bankia. Spain may shore up Bankia with sovereign bonds in return for shares in the bank and could use this method to prop up other troubled lenders, government sources told Reuters, in moves that would push ...


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