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Pimco’s Balls Says Neutral-To-Underweight Spain, Italy Bonds

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May 29 (Bloomberg) -- Spanish and Italian government bonds aren’t compelling investments and Pacific Investment Management Co. is cautious on the securities, according to Andrew Balls, head of European portfolio management at the firm.

“We are neutral-to-underweight on Italy and Spain,” Balls said at a media briefing in London today. “Our bias is to be quite cautious. We prefer looking at absolute value not relative value. Spain and Italy offer reasonable risk-reward but are not compelling.”

An underweight position means the fund holds fewer securities than the benchmark it uses to track performance.

To contact the reporter on this story: David Goodman in London at dgoodman28@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Dobson at pdobson2@bloomberg.net