European Stocks Erase Gains Before Italy Auctions Debt

European stocks erased gains before Italy and Germany sell debt. U.S. index futures also declined while Asian shares rose.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index fell 0.1 percent to 243.3 at 9:15 a.m. in London after earlier rallying as much as 0.4 percent. Futures on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index expiring in September slid 0.2 percent, while the MSCI Asia Pacific Index increased 0.4 percent.

Italy plans to auction at least 9.5 billion euros ($11.9 billion) of debt this week, including 6.5 billion euros of 364-day bills today and debt maturing in 2015, 2019 and 2020 tomorrow. The yield on the nation’s benchmark 10-year government bond rose to as high as 6.3 percent yesterday, a level last seen on Jan. 25.

Germany will seek to sell 5 billion euros of 10-year bonds and 1 billion euros of inflation-linked bonds maturing in 2018 this morning.

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