Spread closes steady on 178 points
Milan bourse gains 0.56% amid slight European ups and downs20 March, 18:21
The yield spread, the premium investors pay to hold Italian paper rather than ultra-safe AAA-rated Bunds, is a key measure of investor confidence in the Italian economy and the government's ability to pay down Italy's huge debt.
The Milan bourse was the top gainer in a day of slight ups and downs across Europe.
The Mibtel closed 0.56% up amid calm trading.
London was 0.32% down, Frankfurt 0.20% up, Paris 0.47% up, Madrid 0.11% down and Athens 0.08% down.