LONDON (Reuters) - British government bonds rallied and five-year yields touched their lowest in two months, after strong investor demand at an auction of 2 billion pounds of 12-year gilts, a day after Britain sold its first bond with a negative yield.
Investors bid for almost three times the volume on offer of the 4.25% 2032 gilt GB12YT-RR GBT4Q32=, the highest bid-to-cover ratio for a conventional gilt auction since April 28. The gilt sold at an average yield of 0.321%.
Gilt future prices rallied by around 15 ticks after the auction result to their day’s high, and 10-year yields hit a three-day low of 0.199%. Five-year yields dropped to their lowest since March 9 at 0.020%, down 3 basis points on the day.
Britain sold a three-year gilt with a negative yield for the first time on Wednesday. At a syndication of a new 10-year gilt last week, investors placed over $100 billion in orders.
Strong demand for gilts partly reflects hefty ongoing buying by the Bank of England in the secondary market.
Reporting by David Milliken; Editing by William Schomberg