LONDON May 17 German Bund futures extended
gains on Friday with traders citing market talk that the
European Central Bank had checked some banks' preparedness to
handle a potential cut in its deposit rate to below zero.
"We're hearing the ECB has been checking that banks are set
up to have negative rates, which I don't think would be a
surprise for anyone if they are," one trader said.
"I think it is probably still the easiest of policy options
(in terms of) unconventional measures. If we do get some sort of
deterioration I think it's likely we get negative rates and it's
giving Bunds a bit of a bid today."
The Bund future rose as much as 40 ticks to 145.71.