* Bunds rise as global growth outlook hurts equities
* Spanish yields edge up on concerns over bailout request
* Spain doesn't need bailout for now: euro zone finance
By Emelia Sithole-Matarise
LONDON, Oct 8 German Bund futures rose on Monday
as fresh global growth concerns and question marks over when
Spain will request a bailout spurred demand for safe-haven
Global growth concerns reignited after the World Bank cut
its economic forecasts for China, souring investor appetite for
riskier assets such as equities and lifting Bunds from Friday's
lows hit after a surprise fall in U.S. unemployment.
Spanish bond yields edged up and were likely to drift higher
in coming days as markets look for clarity on when Madrid will
seek assistance needed to activate European Central Bank debt
purchases aimed at lowering its borrowing costs.
Euro zone finance ministers meeting on Monday said the
country did not need a bailout for now as it was taking steps to
overhaul its economy and was funding itself successfully in
The region's economic powerhouse Germany prefers bundling
together a Spanish bailout with a request for a small aid
package from Cyprus and a revised second bailout for Greece.
"There's a bit of a risk-off trade, equities are firmly in
the red after the World Bank revised Chinese growth and there's
still uncertainty over when Spain is going to ask for aid," a
"We expected no break-through from today's (euro zone
finance ministers') meeting. The German idea of trying to lump
Spain, Greece and Cyprus together at the end of October is the
most likely outcome now."
Bund futures rose 52 ticks to settle at 141.39
albeit in thin trade as the U.S. bond market was shut for a
holiday, while German 10-year yields were down 4 basis points at
1.48 percent. Bund futures clawed back just over half of the 80
ticks they shed on Friday after the U.S. non-farm payrolls data.
"The market was probably a little bit oversold on the back
of the non-farm number on Friday," a second trader said. "I went
long after the dip on the non-farm."
SPAIN ACTION NEEDED
Spanish 10-year yields rose 3 bps to settle at
5.74 percent, with equivalent Italian yields up by
a similar amount at 5.08 percent.
Expectations Spain will eventually ask for aid have taken
yields on Spanish bonds sharply lower in recent months, with
10-year yields down more than two percentage points from
euro-era peaks hit in mid-July. Analysts say for them to remain
low, action is necessary.
"There's heightened uncertainty about when Spain is going to
ask for aid. Until we see this commitment by the government
there's not going to be any commitment from investors and yields
could drift from here," said Viola Julien, a strategist at
Helaba Landesbank Hesse-Thueringen
Rabobank expected a "risk off" tone in the market to
continue and for the spreads between the debt issued by
lower-rated sovereigns and Germany to widen.
The 10-year Spanish/German bond yield spread was 8 bps wider
on the day at 426 bps.