UK CDSs fall as markets surge

According to credit information specialist CMA Datavision, RBS’ five year credit default swap (CDS) spreads tightened to 145.4 basis points by 1000 BST today from 190bp at close of trading on Friday. The cost of protection on Lloyds TSB, still in talks to acquire HBOS, narrowed to 80bp from 105bp.

HBOS’ CDS spreads fell to 152.5bp at 1000 BST from 185bp on Friday, while the cost of protection on Barclays dropped to 108.5bp from 137.5bp. HSBC saw its CDS spreads drop to 70bp from 77.5bp, the

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