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Italian yields fall supported by ECB cash LONDON: Italian two-year bond yields slipped below two percent on Thursday, their lowest level in fifteen months, as a flood of cheap ECB funding boosted appetite for peripheral debt which also led to strong demand at a Spanish debt sale. An additional half trillion euros of three-year European Central Bank funds was added to the financial system on Wednesday, briefly pushing German bund futures to an all-time high of 140.28 as the extra liquidity underpinned core and most peripheral euro zone debt prices. Appetite for shorter-dated Italian bonds, which were the biggest winners on Wednesday, remained robust with yields on two-year paper falling to 1.89 percent, their lowest since November 2010, due to a high Italian uptake of ECB funds, traders said. Ten-year yields also fell, dropping below 5 percent - over two percentage points lower than their peak late last year - after Italian banks took 139 billion euros ($185.94 billion) ...

Spain sells 4.5bn euros in bonds        MADRID: Spain's Treasury announced the following results at Thursday's bond auction where it sold 4.5 billion euros of bonds. It sold 1.06 billion euros worth of bonds maturing April 30, 2014 with a 3.4 percent coupon, 1.91 billion euros worth of bonds maturing July 30, 2015 with a 4.0 percent coupon, and 1.53 billion euros worth of bonds maturing Oct. 31, 2016 with a 4.25 percent coupon. The Treasury had expected to sell between 3.5 billion ...
Bunds edge lower; Spanish, French auctions in focus           LONDON: German government bond futures retreated from a record high on Thursday hit by a fall in US Treasuries after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave no signal the central bank would undertake further bond purchases. An additional half a trillion euros of three-year European Central Bank funds added to the financial system on Wednesday briefly pushed Bund futures to an all-time high of 140.28 with the liquidity set to keep the market well supported. March Bund ...
Italy, Spain buoyed by ECB but seen vulnerable LONDON: Italian government bond yields slid to multi-month lows and Spanish yields fell after the European Central Bank's second offering of cheap three-year funds but some traders said the debt was becoming vulnerable to profit-taking. Banks grabbed 530 billion euros at the ECB offering of cheap three-year funds on Wednesday in a move investors hope will further ease tension in the banking sector. The extra cash in the system should also facilitate Italy and Spain's access to ...
German Bunds fall as investors brace for ECB cash LONDON: German Bund futures fell on Wednesday and Spanish and Italian debt prices rose as investors bet a second injection of three-year European Central Bank cash would further ease tension in the banking sector and boost the appeal of riskier assets. The ECB is set to announce it will hand banks an expected half trillion euros, which could trigger a knee-jerk move higher in peripheral debt prices. But market participants said Italian and Spanish bond prices ...
Bund yields hold near Feb lows; ECB cash eyed LONDON: Benchmark German government bond yields edged up but stayed near their lowest levels this month on Tuesday, supported by abundant central bank liquidity and growing German opposition to a larger euro zone bailout fund. Italian yields also fell before a sale of up to 6.25 billion euros of five and new 10-year bonds, with shorter-dated debt outperforming ahead of Wednesday's offer to banks of three-year European Central Bank cash. The money is also expected to support ...
Gilts rally ahead of big coupon, redemption flows  LONDON: British gilt futures reached the highest closing level in nearly four weeks on Monday, as investors braced for almost 40 billion pounds of redemption and coupon payments. Analysts said that investors were also gearing up for a second round of cheap three-year loans from the European Central Bank later this week, while a weak performance by European equity markets was also boosting demand for fixed-income assets. "There's a lot of money knocking around in the gilt ...


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Arrow Nikkei 14,417.53 0.01
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