Spread closes steady on 191 (2)

(ANSA) - Rome, March 20 - The spread between Italian and German 10-year bond yields, a gauge of Italy's borrowing costs and of market confidence in the Italian economy, closed steady on 191 points Monday, the same as Friday's close, with a yield slightly down at 2.34%. The lower the spread is, the better it is for the Italian economy and debt-servicing costs. The spread rose above 200 points recently on EU populist fears.