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German 10-Year Bonds Fall Before Auctions of Dutch, Spanish Debt

German 10-year bonds fell before the Netherlands auctions as much as 3 billion euros ($4.06 billion) of government notes due in January 2014 and Spain sells shorter-maturity bills.

Two-year German notes also declined as ratings companies affirmed the U.S. government’s credit grades after Congress’s special debt-reduction committee failed to reach an agreement, setting the stage for $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts. Spain needs a euro-region accord to “save and guarantee the solvency” of its debt amid surging bond yields, said Maria Dolores de Cospedal, deputy leader of the People’s Party, which won the Nov. 20 general election.

The 10-year bund yield rose two basis points to 1.94 percent at 7:25 a.m. London time. The 2.25 percent security due in September 2021 dropped 0.21, or 2.10 euros per 1,000-euro face amount, to 102.75.

German bunds returned 8.3 percent this year, according to indexes compiled by Bloomberg and the European Federation of Financial Analysts Societies. Dutch bonds gained 6.7 percent, and Spanish debt handed investors a 2.1 percent loss.

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