Deere & Co. sold its first euro- denominated bonds in two years and Vivendi SA issued its first securities in eight months as yields on European corporate debt fell to the lowest in almost three weeks.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is telling investors to buy European bank stocks for the first time in more than 16 months. Bond buyers are taking the opposite view on concern that policy makers will fail to staunch the debt crisis.
The cost of insuring against losses on European government bonds fell on speculation pressure from euro-region central bankers will force Ireland to accept an international bailout that would calm markets.
The Federal Reserve’s policies for stimulating the U.S. economy are allowing European banks to sell a record amount of dollar-denominated bonds to refinance about $1 trillion of debt maturing this year.