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Aug 1, 2013

Euro zone bonds rally after Fed, ECB also seen dovish

LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Euro zone government bonds rallied
on Thursday after the Federal Reserve said the U.S. economy
still needed support, with the European Central Bank also
expected to stick to its accommodative policy later in the day.

The Fed offered no hint that it is planning to reduce its
bond-buying stimulus at its next meeting in September and
slightly downgraded its view of the recovery.

Jul 30, 2013

Italy bonds rise after auction, defying political uncertainty

LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) – Italian government bonds firmed
on Tuesday after a smooth debt auction that defied political
uncertainty as a court considered whether former premier Silvio
Berlusconi should be jailed.

Italy’s supreme court heard his last appeal against a jail
sentence and ban from public office for tax fraud in a case
which could threaten the shaky coalition government.
Berlusconi’s chief lawyer said it was very unlikely the court
would reach a decision on Tuesday.

Jul 29, 2013

Pre-auction trading lifts Italian, Spanish yields

LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) – Italian and Spanish government
bond yields rose on Monday as investors made room in their books
for new paper to be auctioned later in the week.

The Italian Treasury will offer up to 6.75 billion euro ($9
billion) of bonds maturing in 2018 and 2024 on Tuesday, while
Madrid will sell 2-3 billion euros of 2016 and 2018 bonds on

Jul 29, 2013

Bunds range-bound as market braces for central bank meetings, data

LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) – German Bund futures were little
changed in thin and choppy trading, with investors reluctant to
place big bets before a series of monetary policy decisions and
data this week.

The European Central Bank, Bank of England and Federal
Reserve are expected to offer reassurances that their monetary
policies will remain loose.

Jul 29, 2013

Bunds stick to ranges before meetings, data, supply

LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) – German Bund futures edged up in
thin trade on Monday, but investors refrained from placing big
bets before a series of monetary policy decisions and data this

The European Central Bank, Bank of England and Federal
Reserve are expected to offer reassurances that their monetary
policies will remain loose at meetings this week.

Jul 26, 2013

Bunds rebound as focus turns to next week’s busy calendar

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) – German Bund futures rose on
Friday, bouncing back after three straight sessions of losses,
as investors positioned for a busy calendar of monetary policy
meetings and data next week.

Bonds were supported by a Wall Street Journal report that
the Fed may debate changing its forward guidance to underline
the message that it will keep rates low for a long time to come.

Jul 25, 2013

Bunds fall as upbeat data dents appetite for safety

LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) – German government bonds fell on
Thursday as a bout of better data out of major economies this
week prompted investors to dump safe-haven assets.

German business morale edged up for a third straight month
in July, Spain’s unemployment rate fell for the first time in
two years, and UK growth sped up in the second quarter, separate
releases showed on Thursday.

Jul 24, 2013

ECB rates forward guidance only partially calms market nerves

LONDON (Reuters) – The European Central Bank’s “forward guidance” has proven only partially successful in calming markets and offsetting the fallout from the U.S. Federal Reserve’s plans to slow stimulus.

Bets on when the ECB will begin hiking interest rates again have been pushed back by around three months since it broke with tradition on July 4 by declaring it would keep interest rates at record lows for an extended period, prices show.

Jul 24, 2013

Investors dump safe-haven Bunds on upbeat euro zone PMI

LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) – German government bonds fell
after surveys suggested euro zone private industry unexpectedly
returned to growth in July, easing pressure on the European
Central Bank to further loosen monetary policy.

Markit’s flash Eurozone Composite PMI, based on surveys of
thousands of companies across the region and a reliable
indicator of growth, jumped to an 18-month high of 50.4 in July
from 48.7 in June.

Jul 19, 2013

Portuguese bonds shine on bets of broad political deal

LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) – Portuguese government bonds
outpaced their euro zone peers on Friday, with investors
optimistic the three main political parties will reach a deal
over the weekend to keep the country’s bailout programme on

The two parties of the centre-right ruling coalition and the
opposition Socialists have given themselves until Sunday to
conclude crisis talks requested by the president. The coalition
easily defeated a motion of no confidence in parliament on
Thursday, leaving investors optimistic.

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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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