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Italy, Spain outperform as Bunds extend selloff

LONDON: Italian, Spanish and French bonds outperformed Bunds on Thursday as the German triple-A benchmark extended its s
24 Nov 2011

 LONDON: Italian, Spanish and French bonds outperformed Bunds on Thursday as the German triple-A benchmark extended its selloff and with lower rated euro zone debt benefiting from a slight rebound in riskier assets.

The Italian/German 10-year government bond yield spread  tightened to 480 basis points versus 498 bps at Wednesday's settlement close.

Equivalent French and Spanish spreads also tightened, with traders citing the sharp rise in core German yields as the major driver of the move, adding that the recent selloff in peripheral debt had slowed in line with better performance from equity markets.

Mounting concerns over the impact on Germany's finances of the steps needed to tackle the euro zone debt crisis hit demand at a 10-year Bund auction on Wednesday.

Copyright Reuters, 2011