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Italian, Spanish yields rise, hurt by Greek delays

LONDON: Spanish and Italian 10-year government bond yields rose on Thursday as appetite for riskier assets soured after
16 Feb 2012

 LONDON: Spanish and Italian 10-year government bond yields rose on Thursday as appetite for riskier assets soured after euro zone officials delayed a decision on the new bailout for Greece, stoking fears of a disorderly default.

"The mood music around Greece is pretty awful," a trader said. "People have enjoyed a good risk on rally for the first six weeks of the year and are now becoming rather more circumspect."

Spanish 10-year yields rose 19 basis points to 5.65 percent, the highest in a month, expanding its spread with German benchmarks by 20 bps to 381 bps. Upcoming supply of 2015 and 2019 Spanish debt also weighed on the country's debt as traders pushed for cheaper prices to make way for the new paper.

Equivalent Italian yields were up 20 bps at a one-week high of 5.94 percent.

Copyright Reuters, 2012