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Three-Month Dollar Libor Extends Longest Run of Gains Since 2005

October 26, 2011

Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) -- The rate at which London-based banks say they can borrow for three months in dollars rose for the 34th day, the longest run of increases since November 2005.

The London interbank offered rate, or Libor, for dollar loans climbed to 0.42472 percent from 0.42222 percent yesterday, data from the British Bankers’ Association showed. That’s the highest level since Aug. 3, 2010.

Credit Agricole SA submitted the highest rate today among the contributing panel of 19 lenders, at 0.49 percent, unchanged from yesterday. HSBC Holdings Plc posted the lowest, at 0.2750 percent, also unchanged from yesterday.

The dollar Libor-OIS spread, a gauge of banks’ reluctance to lend, widened to 34.52 basis points at 12:23 p.m. London time, from 34.17 basis points yesterday, set for the highest closing level since July 3, 2009.

The TED spread, or the difference between what lenders and the U.S. government pay to borrow for three months, widened to 42.47 basis points from 41.71 basis points yesterday, when it reached the highest closing level since June 23, 2010.

--Editors: Matthew Brown, Nicholas Reynolds

To contact the reporter on this story: Keith Jenkins in London at kjenkins3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Daniel Tilles at dtilles@bloomberg.net


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