Spain’s bond auction went better than expected earlier today, with strong demand from the market. Spain sold 2.54 billion euros of bonds, just above the target for this auction
Demand for the 10-year bonds was 2.42 times the amount sold, compared with 2.17 at the January auction.
The 10-year bonds were sold today at a yield of 5.74 percent, up from 5.403 percent in February. The rate for 2-year bonds dropped to 3.46 percent from 3.495 percent in October.
Earlier this week, there had been worries about this week’s bond auction after the interest rates on the existing 10-year bonds rose above 6 percent, since borrowing costs above 6 percent are considered to be “unaffordable” in the long run.
The consensus is that the strong demand for bonds is partially driven by the ECBâ€™s LTRO programme, when the ECB lent more than 1 trillion euros to banks. According to the Treasury data, Spanish bank holdings of local debt increased to 220 billion euros in January from 178 billion euros in November, while foreign investorsâ€™ holding dropped.
Analysts said that Spain had passed the hurdle of this auction, but that the challenges for the economy remain. Until there are some visible signs that the government is implementing its austerity measures and fiscal consolidation programme, investors remain being worried about the countryâ€™s budget deficit and sustainability of the economy in the medium-term.
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