Italy's leading financial index rises in trading Thursday
Spread between Italian, German bonds closes at 177 basis points27 March, 19:47
The FTSE Mib rose by 0.31% to close at 21,173 points while on the Italian bond market, the spread between Italy's benchmark 10-year bond and its ultra-safe German counterpart closed at 177 basis points.
The yield on Italy's 10-year paper ended trading at 3.30%.
The spread between lending rates in the two countries is an important indication of investor faith in the Italian economy.
On other European markets Spain's IBEX 35 rose by 0.61%, closing at 10,202.80 and Frankfurt's DAX was practically unchanged, closing at 9,451.21 points.
In Paris, the CAC 40 fell by 0.14%, ending trading at 4,379.06 points, while in London, the FTSE index of leading British shares fell by 0.26%, closing at 6,588.32 points.