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Bond prices up ahead of data-heavy week NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices rose modestly on Monday on hesitation ahead of speeches from top Federal Reserve speakers throughout the week and releases of economic data culminating in the November jobs report.A heavy schedule of speeches from top Federal Reserve officials made some investors cautious as they awaited any details about the scheduled Dec. 16-17 Fed meeting. Speakers will include Chair Janet Yellen, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans and Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard."While the Fed speakers won't explicitly say that they'll raise rates in December, we'll be looking for commentary that continues to suggest liftoff is in December," said Tom Simons, money market strategist at Jefferies & Co in New York.Purchases of longer-dated Treasuries to meet expected month-end and year-end changes to portfolio benchmarks further pushed longer-dated bond prices higher, continuing to flatten the yield curve, analysts said.The Chicago Purchasing Management Index fell in November, indicating a ...

Greece seeks debt relief deal in February 2016 ATHENS: Greece aims to achieve a deal on debt relief with its euro zone creditors in February to remove financial uncertainty and spur economic recovery, Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said on Monday.Addressing a conference of investors, the leftist minister said making the ailing euro zone country's debt sustainable was the key to liberating the economy and restoring confidence among depositors and companies. "If we don't make the critical decision in let's say February 2016, and ...
Yield on Kenya five-year bond slips at auction NAIROBI: The weighted average yield of successful bids on Kenya's five-year Treasury infrastructure bond was 13.920 percent, down from 14.273 percent at the last auction in July, the central bank said. The central bank, on behalf of the government, offered bonds worth 20 billion shillings ($196.1 million) and received bids worth 33 billion shillings. It accepted bids worth 30.7 billion shillings. Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
Upbeat business surveys send Bund yields soaring after 10-day fall LONDON: German Bund yields rose on Monday after falling for 10 consecutive trading days as euro zone business growth accelerated to a four-year high, raising questions about how aggressive upcoming European Central Bank stimulus would be. The data kicked a sharp rally seen over the last fortnight into reverse, as some investors also sold bonds to make room in their portfolios for some 19 billion euros of sovereign debt sales due this week. But while ...
US 6-month T-bills sold at highest rate since 2009 NEW YORK: The US Treasury Department on Monday sold $26 billion of six-month bills at an interest rate of 0.35 percent, which was the highest at a six-month auction since April 2009 when it hit 0.37 percent, Treasury data showed. The ratio of bids to the amount offered was 3.46, down from 3.91 the prior week and the lowest in four auctions. In the meantime, the Treasury paid investors an interest rate of 0.140 percent ...
US bond prices hold losses after housing starts data NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices hovered near their session lows on Wednesday as domestic housing starts slowed to a seven-month low in October but a rise in building permits signaled construction activity would accelerate.Groundbreaking dropped 11 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.06 million units in October, the lowest level since March, while permits increased 4.1 percent to a 1.15 million-unit rate, the Commerce Department said.Benchmark 10-year Treasuries notes were down 10/32 in ...
US 1-month bills sold at same interest rate as week ago NEW YORK: US Treasury Department on Tuesday sold a record $55 billion in one-month bills at an interest rate of 0.075 percent, matching the level set at the prior auction last week, Treasury data showed. The ratio on bids to the amount of the latest one-month issue offered was 3.41, rebounding from last week's 3.34 which was the lowest since Aug. 25.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...


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