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Espirito Santo Advances After Positive Bond Sale: Lisbon Mover

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Banco Espirito Santo SA, Portugal’s biggest publicly traded bank, rose to the highest level in more than a year as high demand for its bonds signaled borrowing conditions are improving for the bailed-out country.

Espirito Santo advanced 11 percent to 1.10 euros, the highest price since October 2011, giving the company a market value of 4.42 billion euros ($5.77 billion). Trading volume was more than two times the three-month daily average.

The bank sold 500 million euros of five-year bonds yesterday in an operation that was six times oversubscribed, Chief Financial Officer Amilcar Morais Pires said in an interview. Spanish lender Banco Popular Espanol SA sold 750 million euros of 30-month bonds yesterday, according to a person familiar with the matter, who asked not to be named because they’re not authorized to speak on the matter.

The impact of the sale was “positive,” Banco BPI analyst Carlos Peixoto said in a research note today. “This is another signal of the progressive reopening of the wholesale funding markets to both Portuguese and Spanish banks.”

Banco BPI SA, Portugal’s fifth-biggest bank, gained 10.4 percent to 1.18 euros and Banco Comercial Portugues SA, the country’s second-largest publicly traded lender, rose 7.5 percent to 8.6 cents.

To contact the reporter on this story: Henrique Almeida in Lisbon at halmeida5@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jerrold Colten at jcolten@bloomberg.net

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