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German bond yields edge higher before PMI data

  • In early London trading, German ten-year government bond yields edged 2 bps higher at minus 0.5090pc.
Updated 01 Oct 2020

LONDON: German government bond yields edged higher on Thursday, after posting their biggest monthly drop in five months in September, as appetite for riskier assets firmed before the release of European manufacturing survey data.

The overnight newsflow was mixed as U.S President Trump signed a stopgap funding bill to keep the government running while officials have yet to agree on providing further COVID-19 stimulus.

Investors will be closely watching PMI data.

Estimates suggest revised French, German, and eurozone figures will show no change from the already released figures.

"Today's data may give the impression of an improving picture - if PMIs and the ISM manufacturing both rise as expected, and US inflation moves closer towards target," Mizuho strategists said in a daily note.

In early London trading, German ten-year government bond yields edged 2 bps higher at minus 0.5090pc. They fell to a near two-month low of -0.55pc on Wednesday.

Market watchers said the rise in yields was likely temporary and reflected a lack of market activity in Asia with China closed for all of next week and Korea shut for the rest of the week.

Renewed concerns about the economic impact of rising coronavirus cases in Europe, weak inflation, and US election uncertainty is likely to keep demand for fixed income assets intact.

Peripheral government bonds in Italy and Portugal held firm after European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde set the scene on Wednesday for changing the ECB's strategy to align with that of the US Federal Reserve, possibly including a commitment to let inflation overshoot after it has been low for too long.

That kept yields on benchmark ten-year Italian bonds pinned at 0.871pc, not far from an October 2019 low of 0.827pc hit last month.