Bond yields drop to year’s low
Greek two-year government bond yields fell to their lowest level this year yesterday as investors welcomed Athens’s approval of a series of reforms needed to unlock bailout cash. Parliamentary approval of the reform bill late on Friday keeps Greece on track to secure the next 2-billion-euro installment of its aid program as well as funds to recapitalize its ailing banks and negotiations on debt relief. It was also seen as a demonstration of strength by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who held on to power in an election last month despite a split within his party. “Investors are simply digesting the vote... on the so-called preconditions for the third bailout package,” said Christian Lenk, rate strategist at DZ Bank. “There is some relief that Tsipras finds enough support among his ranks to pass these reforms.” Mission chiefs of Greece’s international lenders will visit today to be informed about the pace of reforms, a Greek government official said yesterday. The first review of Greece’s 86billion-euro bailout is due to start later this month. Greek debt was the best performing in the eurozone yesterday, with twoyear yields down more than 80 basis points at a 2015 low of 8.23 percent, according to Tradeweb. The gap between Greek and German two-year yields was also at its narrowest this year. Short-dated yields remain higher than those on longer-term bonds, however, in a sign that investors still fear the country could be heading toward default. Ten-year yields were down 27 bps to 7.63 percent. Owen Callan, a senior analyst at Cantor Fitzgerald, expects this distortion to fade once Athens passes the review, which he said should in turn prompt the European Central Bank to start buying Greek bonds under its quantitative easing scheme.
Sugar factory. The Hellenic Sugar Industry is planning to table its new business plan – drafted by Euroconsultants – to creditor Piraeus Bank by this Friday, while the sugar factory at Orestiada, northeastern Greece, is set to reopen tomorrow. If the bank accepts the plan it will refinance the industry.