While investors may be jittery about Spain’s financial condition, they jumped on higher yields to scoop up bonds at an auction beyond what Madrid had hoped to sell.
Bloomberg reported Tuesday that sales of 12- and 18-month bills exceeded the country’s target of 3 billion euros ($3.9 billion), but yields on the 12-month bills came in at 2.623%, up from 1.418% just last month, with at demand at 2.9 times the amount offered. The 18-month bills went at a yield of at 3.11%, up from 1.711% in March, with demand at 3.77 times offerings.
“As far as this auction goes, not so bad but not good enough, in my opinion, to provide the market with a sense of optimism going into the bond auction on Thursday,” Luca Jellinek, head of European interest-rate strategy at Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank in London, said in the report.
Another auction is planned for April 19, this time of 2-year and 10-year bonds; Madrid hopes to raise 2.5 billion euros in sales at that time.