Italy 3-yr debt costs rise sharply at auction

MILAN, April 12 Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:27am EDT

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MILAN, April 12 (Reuters) - Italian three-year borrowing costs rose more than a full percentage point at an auction on Thursday, boosted by fresh concerns about weaker euro zone states, and Italy slightly missed its maximum planned amount of 3 billion euros for this bond.

Italy paid 3.89 percent to sell its three-year March 2015 bond, up from 2.76 percent at an auction a month ago. The 2.88 billion euro sale was covered 1.44 times, down from a bid-to-cover of 1.56 at last month's bigger sale.

This was the highest three-year yield since mid-January.

The Treasury is also selling up to 2 billion euros of three-off-the run issues due in 2015, 2020, 2023, but the results were not yet available.

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