Spanish Yields Hit 12-Week High

Lackluster results of Spanish debt auction also hit Italian, Greek bonds.

Spanish notes led losses in European sovereign debt markets after demand fell and borrowing costs rose in the nation’s first auctions since announcing that public debt will surge to a record this year.

The declines pushed the yield on Spanish five-year notes to the highest in 12 weeks, while similar-maturity Italian debt slid and Greek bonds fell. Benchmark German bunds rose as the nation sold securities due in February 2017. The European Central Bank held its main refinancing rate at a record low 1 percent, in line with the forecast of all 57 economists in a Bloomberg News survey.

 ‘Extreme Difficulty’

Today’s Spanish sale is the first since Budget Minister Cristobal Montoro presented the government 2012 spending plan on March 30 and said public debt will rise to 79.8 percent of gross domestic product.

 Portuguese Notes

The German two-year yield is consolidating below its 100- day moving average at 0.242 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. It may find support at the March 13 rate of 0.19 percent, with resistance at the February high of 0.289 percent.

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