MILAN, March 25 Italy had to pay a slightly
higher yield at a 2-year-debt sale on Monday as investors asked
for compensation in response to a domestic political outlook
that still remains unclear one month after a parliamentary
A last-ditch agreement signed by Cyprus to save its euro
zone membership, however, helped Italy sell 3.825 billion euros
debt, just below its top planned 4 billion euros.
The treasury sold 2.825 billion euros of two-year
zero-coupon bonds, with a yield of 1.75 percent, the highest
level since December 2012.
Italy had paid a rate of 1.68 percent on the same bond at an
auction on February 25 which took place just few hours before
the result of an inconclusive domestic election. Bid-to-cover
had been 1.65 at the end-of-February sale.
On Monday Italy offered also two inflation-linked BTPei
bonds maturing September 2018 and September 2023 respectively.