June 6, 2014 / 8:27 AM / 6 years ago

GLOBAL MARKETS-Europe stocks, bond up post-ECB, U.S. jobs eyed

* Europe stocks, bonds rise, buoyed by ECB's action
    * Low-rated euro zone bond yields hit record lows
    * Eyes on U.S. jobs data

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    By Jamie McGeever
    LONDON, June 6 (Reuters) - European stocks rose and bond
yields tumbled on Friday in markets buoyed by the European
Central Bank's promise of another tidal wave of
deflation-dousing cash, but impending U.S. jobs data kept
investors cautious.
    Benchmark 10-year government borrowing costs for Italy,
Spain and Ireland all plunged to record lows, with the Irish
yield 11 basis points below comparable U.S. borrowing costs.
    Stock markets rose too, with bank shares leading the way and
putting the pan-European index of Europe's leading 300 shares on
track for its eighth consecutive weekly gain.
    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on
Wall Street after May's non-farm payrolls report due at 1230
    There was less movement in currency markets, which swung
violently on Thursday after the ECB cut interest rates -
including taking deposit rates for banks below zero - and
pledged hundreds of billions more euros of cheap funds for
    "The ECB decisions were largely in line with what the market
was expecting. However, the negative deposit rate is certainly a
brave move and hinting that QE (quantitative easing) is a
possibility if necessary should be very welcome news," said Mark
Ward, head of execution trading at Sanlam Securities.
    The ECB refrained from following the U.S., Japanese and
British central banks in pursuing outright bond-buying. But its
president, Mario Draghi, did not rule it out in the future,
saying, "We aren't finished here". 
    At 1115 GMT the FTSEurofirst 300 share index was up
0.4 percent at 1,385 points, with financials up 1.0 percent
    Germany's DAX rose 0.3 percent to 9,981 points. On
Thursday, it broke above 10,000 points for the first time.
    Britain's FTSE 100 was up 0.4 percent at 6,840
points, and France's CAC 40 up 0.5 percent at 4,560
    Investors' appetite for risky assets and higher returns was
most evident in euro zone peripheral bond markets, where buyers
pushed yields to their lowest on record.
    Italian 10-year yields fell 18 basis points to
2.77 percent, Spanish equivalents were down 17 bps
at 2.66 percent and Irish yields fell 11 bps to
2.47 percent.
    "The real consensus coming out of the ECB meeting is that
these measures will be supportive of the (European) periphery,"
said Anton Heese, co-head of European interest rates strategy at
Morgan Stanley. "This should be filtering through into lower
funding costs in the periphery."
    The yield on 10-year German bonds, the benchmark for euro
zone borrowing, fell 4 bps to 1.32 percent.
    Analysts at SocGen said this reflected concerns that the
ECB's measures to fend off deflation might not succeed. They
also pointed to the euro's sharp rally well above $1.36 
from the four-month low around $1.35 immediately after the ECB
statement and Draghi's news conference on Thursday.
    The euro was down 0.2 percent on the day round $1.3635, with
traders saying major moves were unlikely as billions of dollars
of options at $1.36 and $1.3650 expire later in the day, and
before the U.S. jobs data.
    The dollar was up a shade against a basket of currencies
 at 80.433.
    Traders hunkered down ahead of the U.S. jobs report, with
the median forecast showing the U.S. economy added a solid
218,000 jobs last month, down from 288,000 in April. Estimates
range from 110,000 to 325,000. 
    Richard Hunter, head of equities at Hargreaves Lansdown,
said the ECB's move could soothe market jitters over a downbeat
    "There's every possibility of a sell-off should the number
disappoint, but ... that could yet be short-lived," he said.    
    Earlier in Asia, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific
shares outside Japan rose 0.25 percent and
Japan's Nikkei closed flat at 15,077. 
    Yields on two-year U.S. Treasury notes were at 0.38 percent
 after dipping 2 basis points on Thursday, while those
on 10-year paper fell 1.4 bps to 2.57 percent.
    Gold steadied at $1,251 having enjoyed its biggest
gain in three weeks overnight as buyers were encouraged by the
prospect of yet-lower rates for longer in the euro zone.
    Brent crude oil nudged higher to just under $109 a

 (Additional reporting by John Geddie, Tricia Wright and Nigel
Stephenson in London and Alistair Smout in Edinburgh; Editing by
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