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French stocks, euro gain, bond spreads tighten as election nears

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04/20/2017 | 05:24pm CEST
Stock index price for France's CAC 40 and company stock price information are displayed on screens as they hang above the Paris stock exchange, operated by Euronext NV, in La Defense business district in Paris

LONDON (Reuters) - With less than 36 hours of trading to go before the first round of the French presidential election, a likely squaring of positions on Thursday saw the euro rally, French banking stocks rise and government bond spreads narrow.

The run-up to the French vote, which polls suggest will pit far-right candidate Marine Le Pen against the centrist Emmanuel Macron in a runoff in May, has battered French bonds and seen market measures of implied currency volatility surge.

But analysts said the rally in the euro and French assets on Thursday suggested some investors were closing out their short positions before Sunday's first round-vote, taking heart perhaps from latest polls showing Macron easily beating Le Pen in the second round two weeks later.

"There's bound to have been an element in the market of people just playing the run-in to the election as a trade, and were positioned for the risk premium to have blown out a bit more by the time we'd come to the second-last trading day before the first round," said Derek Halpenny, European head of global markets research at MUFG in London.

"The fact that hasn't materialized by now is encouraging those risk-takers who never were going to run the risk through the election anyway to essentially close out their positions."

The euro rose to a three-week high at around $1.0778 <EUR=> and was on track for its best week this year.

A rally in banking stocks helped boost France’s blue-chip CAC 40 index <.FCHI> 1.8 percent, set for its best one-day gains since March 1, compared with flat European markets <.STOXX>.

BNP Paribas (>> BNP Paribas) rose 4.2 percent, followed by Societe Generale (>> Société Générale), up 3.8 percent and Credit Agricole (>> Crédit Agricole), up 2.7 percent. Natixis (>> Natixis) gained 3.2 percent.

French banks easily outperformed the broader European banking sector <.SX7P>, which was up 1 percent.

Columbia Threadneedle Investments said on Thursday it had increased its exposure to European equities, since political risk is increasingly discounted, valuations are lower and earnings momentum is positive in Europe.

Macron has held on to his position as the favourite to win eventually, the latest polls show, although they also indicate that the outcome of the first round of voting on Sunday is too close to call.


The premium investors demand for holding French government bonds over top-rated German peers, meanwhile, has narrowed to its tightest level in about three weeks at 62 basis points <FR10YT=TWEB> <DE10YT=TWEB>.

French bonds have borne the brunt of election jitters this year, with the French/German yield gap widening out to as much as 84 bps in February.

Strong support for the anti-euro Le Pen and the far-left's Jean-Luc Melenchon has alarmed investors.

But with jitters ebbing slightly as polls remain consistent, the yield on safe-haven German Bunds rose to a 1 1/2-week high of 0.24 percent on Thursday, while French 10-year yields hit a three-month low at 0.86 percent.

Markets also easily digested a new supply of French three and five-year government bonds, the last French debt sale ahead of Sunday's election.

"It seems that when we have a major event, people think the base-case scenario will materialise," said Jan von Gerich, chief strategist at Nordea Markets. "We saw that in the market reaction just before the Brexit referendum and we're seeing it again now with France."

But Britain's vote on EU membership last June and the U.S. presidential election in November did take markets by surprise. That should be a reason for caution, some analysts said.

"Market behaviour is starting to look worryingly similar to the run up of the Brexit and Trump vote, where investors started to overweight marginal shifts/info in polls, creating a self-reinforcing belief that things are OK," Deutsche Bank analyst George Saravelos said in a note.

(Additional reporting by Jemima Kelly and Patrick Graham, editing by Larry King)

By Dhara Ranasinghe and Helen Reid

Stocks treated in this article : BNP Paribas, Natixis, Société Générale, Crédit Agricole
Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
CAC 40 -1.18% 5567.91 Real-time Quote.5.68%
CRÉDIT AGRICOLE -1.17% 13.1 Real-time Quote.-2.64%
NATIXIS -0.89% 7.104 Real-time Quote.7.13%
SOCIÉTÉ GÉNÉRALE -1.31% 41.16 Real-time Quote.-3.83%
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