A tranche of € 5 billion was fully placed at the half-yearly bot auction, with the yield practically doubling to almost 2%.

Ten-year yields also increased on the secondary market, with that of our btp reaching 4.90% and then settling at 4.65%. 

In this context, bond sales were not offset by equity purchases, which have remained fragile since the morning.

Only the slightly progressing opening of Wall Street helped to reduce losses, with Milan leaving 0.70% on the ground by mid-afternoon.

Flat London, while Frankfurt and Paris lost between 0.20 and 0.40%.

Gas prices rose, reaching 201 euros per megawatt hour on the Amsterdam platform, while Brent oil was at 85 dollars a barrel.

The euro is stable against the dollar at 0.9620.