January 05, 2006 |
Data pointing to economic strength led European and UK government bond prices lower and yields higher on Thursday, in spite of weaker stock markets in both regions and the continued rally in US Treasuries the previous day.
Investors in UK gilts were reconsidering their expectations of an interest rate cut there soon following the recent year-end rally after the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply’s index on Thursday showed greater strength than expected in services for December.
In late morning trade, the benchmark 10-year gilt was yielding 2.9 basis points more at 4.045 per cent while the two-year gilt was 2.8bp higher at 4.167 per cent.
In Europe, a high purchasing managers’ index report added to evidence in favour of further rate rises in the eurozone. Bond yields, which fell on Wednesday in line with US Treasuries, were higher again on Thursday.
Two-year European government bonds were 3bp higher at 2.784 per cent, while the 10-year bunds were 2.3bp higher at 3.293 per cent.
Japanese government bond yields fell to a three-month low on Thursday, rallying for the second straight day on gains in the US Treasure market.
The yield on the 10-year JGB briefly fell to 1.42 per cent. Later in the day, the yield was down 1.5bp to 1.425 per cent.
Thursday marked the first full day of trade in Tokyo in 2006.