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Euro zone bond yields pinned near lows with ECB eyed LONDON: Most euro zone bond yields held near record lows on Tuesday as investors waited for the European Central Bank to provide more details of its trillion euro quantitative easing (QE) programme later this week. While a rally in low-rated debt that pushed yields in Spain, Italy and Portugal to record lows on Monday eased, investors remained focused on the ECB's meeting on Thursday."D-day is drawing near," said ING strategist Martin van Vliet, expecting more details on the breakdown and procedure of asset purchases due to commence this month. In an otherwise light data schedule on Tuesday, uxexpectedly-strong German retail sales provided further evidence that growth is picking up in the bloc's largest economy. This gave a boost to stock markets, while safer fixed-income assets flatlined. German 10-year yields -- the euro zone benchmark -- were up 1 basis point at 0.37 percent, but not far from a low of ...

Yields rise as corporate debt sales weigh NEW YORK: US Treasury yields rose on Monday as large sales of corporate debt pressured prices and as investors continued to question whether the Federal Reserve is likely to raise interest rates in the coming months.Pharmaceutical company Actavis on Monday was marketing bonds that are expected to total $22 billion, the second largest amount ever sold by a corporate borrower."Corporate deals are weighing on the market, and we've heard of some allocation out of bonds ...
Spain, Italy debt yields hit record lows as QE approaches LONDON: Spanish, Italian and Portuguese government bond yields fell to record lows on Monday, as investors looked forward to the start of the European Central Bank's quantitative easing programme. The ECB is expected to give details at Thursday's policy meeting on how it will roll out its programme for buying 60 billion euros worth of securities a month, which is aimed at reviving inflation and the euro zone economy. Data on Monday showed euro zone ...
Bond prices dip on higher Jan core CPI, weak 7-year auction NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices fell on Thursday after an increase in core U.S. consumer prices in January pointed to marginally less dovish Federal Reserve policy and as an auction of seven-year notes met with soft demand.Core CPI, which strips out food and energy costs, rose 0.2 percent in January after edging up 0.1 percent in December. Traders focused on the increase even as the headline figure showed U.S. consumer prices posted their biggest drop ...
Bond prices dip on stronger January core CPI, incoming supply NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices edged lower on Thursday after stronger aspects of U.S. consumer price data failed to bolster the case for dovish Federal Reserve policy and incoming supply weighed on prices.U.S. consumer prices posted their biggest drop since 2008 in January as gasoline prices continued to tumble, falling 0.7 percent. Core CPI, which strips out food and energy costs, rose 0.2 percent in January, however, after edging up 0.1 percent in December.Analysts said ...
Bond prices rise after latest Yellen remarks, CPI eyed NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices rose modestly on Wednesday following two days of testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, which traders interpreted as suggesting the Fed could hike rates later than mid-year, and a solid five-year note auction.Yellen's testimony to the House Financial Services Committee was identical to one she delivered Tuesday to the Senate Banking Committee. She did not offer additional insight on the timing of a rate increase before the House panel.Whether ...
Bond prices rise after repeat Yellen remarks seen as dovish sign NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices edged higher on Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's testimony to a House panel was identical to one she delivered Tuesday, reinforcing the view that the Fed could hike interest rates later than mid-year. Investors interpreted Yellen's remarks on Tuesday as giving the Fed more flexibility to hike later than June.Analysts watching Yellen for any changes from testimony she gave to a Senate panel Tuesday said the unchanged text ...


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