Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Update on Portugal Bond Auction

by Bill McBride on 1/12/2011 08:27:00 AM

Portugal sold €1.25bn of four-year and 10-year bonds and the auction was "successful" with the 10-year yield at 6.71%. There is plenty of skepticism (via the Financial Times):

Howard Wheeldon, senior strategist at BGC Partners, said: “Even though the government managed to get the latest bond auction away does not mean that this problem is in any way solved.”
Apparently the EU is considering a €60 billion aid package for Portugal: Portugal Aid, Buybacks, Debt Rules Weighed in EU Plan
European governments are considering aid for Portugal, debt buybacks, lower interest rates on rescue loans and guarantees against excessive debt as part of a package to quell the financial crisis, according to two people with direct knowledge of the talks.

The plan, which may include a loan to Portugal of about 60 billion euros ($78 billion) and purchases of outstanding Greek debt, would mark an attempt to contain a crisis ... Euro-area finance ministers will discuss elements of the package next week ... decisions may wait until a scheduled summit of political leaders on Feb. 4
Here are three stories on the Portugal bond auction:

• From the WSJ: Portugal's Auction Soothes Nerves

• From the NY Times: Portugal Bond Sale Succeeds Despite Budget Woes

• From the Financial Times: Lisbon succeeds with debt auction

Italy and Spain have auctions this week too.

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