Jan. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Spain aims to sell a maximum of 6 billion euros ($8 billion) at a bill auction today, the Treasury said.
Spain offered a premium over its existing debt to sell 6 billion euros of bonds yesterday through a group of banks, while cancelling two bond auctions scheduled for Jan. 20.
WHAT TO WATCH: *Spain’s Treasury aims to sell a maximum of 6 billion euros at a bill auction today. *Bank of Spain releases data on lenders’ bad loans for November. *The Environment Ministry publishes Spain’s weekly hydropower reserves. *Spain’s National Statistics Institute reports November’s industrial orders and November’s services sector turnover.
ECONOMY: *Spanish Economy Minister Elena Salgado told reporters in Brussels that there are no preparations under way for a rescue plan for her country. *Europe’s top-rated countries grappled with how to strengthen the 750 billion-euro rescue fund for debt-hit states as Portugal insisted it will get by without an aid package. *Russia, which suspended purchases of Spanish sovereign debt last year, may reconsider its position, El Pais reported, citing Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov.
EQUITIES: *Prosegur Compania de Seguridad SA (PSG SM) trades for the first time without the right to collect a 2010 gross interim dividend of 23 euro cents per share. *Banco Pastor SA (PAS SM) and Portugal’s Banco Espirito Santo SA held talks over a possible merger, Expansion reported, citing unidentified people with knowledge of the situation.
MARKETS: *The IBEX 35 Index fell 1 percent to close at 10,280. *The Stoxx Europe 600 Index was little changed, rising 0.1 percent to 284.06. *The spread between Spanish and German 10-year borrowing costs rose to 239.5 basis points yesterday.
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