Spain’s bonds advanced after the nation auctioned 10-year debt at the lowest yield since September 2010 as borrowing costs for governments across Europe decreased on bets interest rates will stay lower for longer.
Spain’s five-year notes gained for a third day as the sale raised more than its target. France allotted five-year debt at a record-low rate at a separate auction. Slovenia hired banks to organize meetings with bond investors, a day after scooping up twice the targeted amount in a domestic offering. Italian bonds pared gains as lawmakers failed to elect a successor to President Giorgio Napolitano in the first round of voting. Bunds fell as German lawmakers approved a rescue for Cyprus.
“It’s fairly clear that interest rates are going to be low for a very long time and yields are reacting,” said Elisabeth Afseth, a fixed-income analyst at Investec Bank Plc in London. “Spain sold debt at the lowest rate for a few years so it is all good on the government-bond side.”
Spain’s 10-year yield fell four basis points, or 0.04 percentage point, to 4.65 percent at 1:31 p.m. London time, and reached 4.61 percent, the lowest since Nov. 17, 2010. The 5.4 percent security maturing in January 2023 rose 0.285, or 2.85 euros per 1,000-euro ($1,305) face amount, to 105.805. The five- year note yield fell two basis points to 3.31 percent after reaching 3.26 percent, the lowest since Nov. 3, 2010.
The Spanish Treasury sold 4.71 billion euros of debt due between 2016 and 2023, beating a 4.5 billion-euro target. The 10-year bonds were sold at an average yield of 4.612 percent.
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