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Oct 1, 2013

Italy lags in periphery rally before confidence vote

LONDON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Italian bonds rose on Tuesday but
lagged a rally in peripheral bonds a day before Italian Prime
Minister Enrico Letta faces a vote of confidence in a bid to
draw a line under political tensions.

Dissent within former premier Silvio Berlusconi’s party
Monday raised expectations among investors that the government
could survive but even if it does prospects for stability and
reform in Italy look more fragile than ever..

Sep 30, 2013

Italian yields retrace rise on revolt threat vs Berlusconi

LONDON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Italian yields retraced a sharp
move higher on Monday as the threat of a rebellion against
Silvio Berlusconi from within his own party offered hope that
Italy might avoid an early election.

As many as 20 senators from Berlusconi’s centre-right party
are ready to form a breakaway group unless the former premier
backs down on his hard line to bring down Italy’s government, a
top member of the party told Reuters on Monday.

Sep 26, 2013

Italian bond yields rise as political tensions flare anew

LONDON, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Italian government bond yields
jumped on Thursday as tensions within the country’s fragile
governing coalition flared up again, a day before an auction at
which Italy aims to raise up to 6 billion euros.

Italian bonds underperformed all other euro zone paper as
centre-right deputies supporting former premier Silvio
Berlusconi renewed threats to resign if their leader is expelled
from parliament after a tax fraud conviction.

Sep 24, 2013

Central bank caution buoys euro zone debt

LONDON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Signs that major central banks
will keep monetary policies loose pushed euro zone government
bonds higher on Tuesday even as fresh data pointed to strong
growth in Germany.

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said on Monday
the bank was ready to offer another round of cheap loans to
banks to anchor money market rates.

Sep 23, 2013

Euro zone yields fall after ECB’s Draghi flags possible LTRO

LONDON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Euro zone debt yields fell on
Monday after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi
flagged the possibility of another round of cheap loans to banks
keep monetary policy loose.

Draghi told the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary
Affairs Committee the ECB was ready to use any instrument,
including another long-term refinancing operation if needed, to
keep short-term money market rates at a level warranted by its
assessment of medium-term inflation.

Sep 20, 2013

German yields rise as Fed’s Bullard adds to US taper uncertainty

LONDON, Sept 20 (Reuters) – German bond yields rose on
Friday after a Federal Reserve official said the central bank
could still curb stimulus in October, making investors
increasingly uncertain about the timing of any tapering.

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard’s comments gave
investors a window of opportunity to cash in on hefty gains made
in the previous session after the Fed surprised markets by
keeping its asset-purchasing program intact.

Sep 19, 2013

German yields fall to one-month lows on Fed stimulus surprise

LONDON, Sept 19 (Reuters) – German bond yields fell to their
lowest in a month on Thursday and euro zone bonds rallied across
the credit spectrum after the U.S. Federal Reserve surprised
markets by keeping its monetary stimulus unchanged – at least
for now.

Riskier assets also rose a day after the Fed opted not to
trim its $85 billion a month bond-buying programme, citing
strains in the economy from tight fiscal policy.

Sep 18, 2013

Markets bet on more aid for Portugal without private sector losses

LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Debt market prices suggest
investors expect Portugal will need another international
bailout but that it should avoid a near-term restructuring of
its debts that would impose losses on private investors.

Portuguese bonds have been under pressure since May, when
the U.S. Federal Reserve flagged its intention to curb
bond-buying. Domestic political troubles also took a toll.

Sep 18, 2013

Italian bonds outperform, but moves limited before Fed

LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Italian bonds outperformed other
euro zone debt on Wednesday as former premier Silvio Berlusconi
was expected to steer his political allies away from moves to
bring down the government.

Market moves were limited, however, as investors were wary
of making big shifts in asset allocations before the end of a
two-day Federal Reserve meeting, where U.S. central bankers are
expected to start withdrawing monetary stimulus.

Sep 18, 2013

Italian bonds outperform, all eyes on Fed

LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Italian bonds outperformed on
Wednesday ahead of an appearance by Silvio Berlusconi expected
to steer his political allies away from moves to bring down the

European bonds, including benchmark German Bunds, all
crawled higher, reflecting expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve
will make only a modest reduction in its bond-buying programme
in a long-awaited statement at the end of the European day on

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      "Ana Nicolaci da Costa is UK Economics Correspondent, covering monetary and fiscal policy in London. Ana previously worked as Reuters' Economics Correspondent in Brasilia and covered European markets, including the euro zone debt crisis. She began working for Reuters in 2004 in London, after an internship at the Financial Times. Ana has a Master's degree from the University of London and studied political science as an undergraduate at the University of Nottingham and Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris."
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