Greece to issue second bond on Wednesday -paper

ATHENS, July 9 Tue Jul 8, 2014 6:36pm EDT

ATHENS, July 9 (Reuters) - Greece is expected to issue its second sovereign bond on Wednesday following its successful return to the financial markets in April after a four-year shut out, Greek daily Kathimerini reported, citing Finance Ministry sources.

Athens would likely issue a three-year bond, hoping for an interest rate of under 3 percent, to raise 2.5 billion to 3 billion euros, the newspaper said on its website.

The Finance Ministry declined to comment on the report.

Greek officials told Reuters in June that Athens was considering a sale before August with a likely maturity of seven years to raise 2 billion to 3 billion euros.

Kathimerini said the books would open on Wednesday and the sale would likely be concluded by Thursday, when Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis holds his first meeting with inspectors from the country's European Union, International Monetray Fund and European Central Bank lenders.

It said Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank AG, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, Citigroup Inc , JPMorgan Chase & Co, Morgan Stanley, Nomura, HSBC Holdings Plc, UBS AG and BNP Paribas SA were expected to lead the book building. (Reporting by Karolina Tagaris and Lefteris Papadimas. Editing by Andre Grenon)

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