EURO GOVT-Portuguese yields surge over 100 bps on political crisis

LONDON, July 3 Wed Jul 3, 2013 3:11am EDT

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LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) - Ten-year Portuguese government bond yields rose to their highest since December 2012 as rising political tension in the country prompted investors to dump riskier, lower-rated bonds.

Portugal's prime minister refused to accept the resignation of his foreign minister on Tuesday, raising the stakes in a political crisis that could derail Lisbon's plan to exit an international bailout. Finance Minister Vitor Gaspar, the architect of the country's austerity drive, also quit this week.

Ten-year Portuguese government bond yields were 110 basis points higher on the day at 7.62 percent, while Spanish and Italian borrowing costs also rose sharply.

Ten-year Spanish yields were 16 basis points higher at 4.72 percent while equivalent Italian yields were 14 bps higher at 4.55 percent.