Italy’s government bonds rose, with 10-year securities extending a fourth weekly gain, as Prime- Minister-designate Matteo Renzi prepared to name his cabinet amid speculation he will accelerate economic reform.
Laurence Mutkin, the former global head of interest-rate strategy at Morgan Stanley, will join BNP Paribas SA as chief interest-rate strategist, said Ashling Cashmore, a spokeswoman for the French bank in London.
Spanish and Italian government bonds rose for a second day as a report showed investor confidence in the region was near an 18-month high amid speculation policy makers will keep interest rates low to boost the recovery.
Portugal risks being frozen out of the bond markets next year amid a wave of auctions from higher- rated governments and agencies that threaten to force the nation into seeking a bailout to pay its debts.
Capital rules for banks agreed by central bankers and regulators under the Basel III accord will encourage lenders to buy government bonds to boost ownership of “high-quality liquid securities,” Morgan Stanley said.