March 6, 2019 / 2:23 PM / 5 months ago

Euro, Italian yields fall on report ECB in talks on loan program

FILE PHOTO: The signature of the President of the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi, is seen on the new 50 euro banknote during a presentation by the German Central Bank (Bundesbank) at its headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, March 16, 2017. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

(Reuters) - The euro touched a fresh two-week low against the dollar and Italian government bond yields fell further on Wednesday in the wake of a Bloomberg report that said the European Central Bank would reduce its outlook on inflation and is in discussions on a new loan program.

The single currency hit $1.12855 which was the lowest level since Feb. 19. It was last down down 0.02 percent. at $1.13045.

At 8:53 a.m. EST (1353 GMT), the yield on 10-year Italian sovereign debt was 2.66 percent, down 4.6 basis point from late on Tuesday.

Reporting by Richard Leong; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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