European bonds drop as German inflation data damp QE speculation
Neal Armstrong & Lucy Meakin
European government bonds dropped as reports showing annual inflation quickened in eight German states curbed speculation the central bank will announce a debt- purchase plan to revive the economy as soon as next month.
Italian and Spanish bonds fell after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi was said to have told German lawmakers that a quantitative-easing stimulus program isnt imminent and is relatively unlikely for now. The ECB will announce its latest monetary policy decision next week. Italy auctioned 10-year debt at a record-low yield today.
Its all about the inflation so far, said Peter Chatwell, a fixed-income strategist at Credit Agricole SAs corporate and investment banking unit in London. The market sold off once we got that first release, which was stronger than expected. Its low conviction because this week theres so much event risk. The ECB has been very difficult to pin down.
Yields on German 10-year securities rose three basis points, or 0.03 percentage point, to 1.52 percent at 1:03 p.m. London time. The 1.75 percent bond maturing February 2024 fell 0.24, or 2.40 euros per 1,000-euro ($1,383) face amount, to 102.045.
German bunds are set for a monthly gain after Draghi said he was considering unprecedented measures from negative interest rates to QE to avert the risk of deflation and guide the euro area through a gradual economic recovery. Germanys 10-year yield has fallen five basis points since March 31.
The central bank stands ready to embark on QE if needed, Draghi said at a gathering attended by lawmakers from parties that form the nations coalition government, the official told reporters yesterday. The person declined to be...