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AMSTERDAM, April 21 (Reuters) - Euro zone bond yields were
broadly steady on Wednesday as investors appeared to refrain
from placing big bets ahead of the European Central Bank
monetary policy meeting on Thursday, but risk aversion provided
some underlying support to debt markets.
Rising coronavirus cases and the fall in the oil price cast
doubt on the strength of global economic growth and dampened
risk appetite across global markets on Wednesday, underpinning
appetite for safe-haven government bonds.
Investor focus also turned to Thursday's ECB meeting, where
the central bank is largely expected to keep policy on hold,
while investors are looking for clarity on how it will react to
Europe's economic recovery from the pandemic.
Data on Tuesday showed the central bank's bond buying under
its pandemic emergency bond programme, before accounting for
redemptions, reached its highest since June 2020 last week,
according to Refinitiv IFR.
"Rates markets remain very much caught between the rock of
improving macroeconomic conditions and the treacherous waters of
geopolitical risks and alarming COVID-19 case growth in some
corners of the world," ING analysts said.
"As a result, this morning interest rates are back where
they started the week after significant gyrations in recent
German 10-year yields, the benchmark for the
euro area, were unchanged at -0.26% at 0722 GMT, below the
-0.215% level touched on Tuesday, which was the highest since
Germany's 10-year Bund yield rose sharply on Monday as focus
turned to prospects for greater fiscal spending after the Green
Party announced its candidate for chancellor in a Sept. 26
But yields fell in late Tuesday trade alongside U.S.
Treasury yields as risk aversion boosted the appeal of
safe-haven debt. Bond yields fall as prices rise.
There was more focus on Germany's election on Wednesday,
after an opinion poll late on Tuesday showed the Green Party
overtook the conservatives after the latter named Armin Laschet
as its candidate to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel.
"Political uncertainty in Germany is unlikely to diminish
soon, which might hold back Bund yields from rising further
unless the ECB offers new insights," UniCredit analysts said,
adding they don't expect the ECB to do so on Thursday.
In the primary market, Germany will reopen a 10-year bond to
raise 4 billion euros via an auction. The U.S. Treasury is also
due to sell $24 billion of 20-year bonds later in the trading
(Reporting by Yoruk Bahceli; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa)