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Long bond prices rise with focus on auctions this week NEW YORK: US Treasury long debt prices rose on Tuesday as investors consolidated positions in a week generally thin on economic data after last Friday's unexpectedly soft US jobs report. US 30-year government bond prices, which move inversely to yield, were up sharply. Analysts said investors were adding to so-called "curve-flattening trades," reflecting expectations that short-term interest rates will rise at some point, but not imminently as inflation pressures remain muted. "Friday's session got a little too rich with sharp gains in prices after the jobs report and we're still correcting from that," said Kim Rupert, managing director of global fixed income at Action Economics, in San Francisco. "Other US data aren't really corroborating the weakness that we saw in the payrolls report." Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota, who is not a voting member on the Federal Open Market Committee, echoed the Fed's dovish stance. He said the Fed could ...

Yields edge higher in quiet trade; focus on auctions NEW YORK: US Treasury debt yields inched higher on Tuesday after sharp falls the day before as investors consolidated positions in a week generally thin on economic data, with no real fundamental driver following last Friday's unexpectedly soft U.S. jobs report.Volume was generally light, with the U.S. Treasury department kicking off $58 billion in coupon sales this week, starting with the auction of $24 billion in three-year notes later on Tuesday. The three-year note sale, ...
Prices fall after Friday's US jobs report-related gains NEW YORK: US Treasury debt prices fell on Monday, giving up gains from the previous session after an unexpectedly weaker nonfarm payrolls report that might have pushed out the timing of an interest rate increase from the Federal Reserve.Yields on benchmark U.S. 10-year and two-year notes inched up from two-month lows, but the trend remained negative given the uncertain interest rate outlook. Bond yields move inversely to prices."We had a big rally last Friday after ...
US Treasuries rally, futures drop after jobs data NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices rallied, the dollar fell and equity futures stumbled on Friday after weaker-than-expected March US jobs data. Labor Department data showed US employers added just 126,000 jobs in March, the fewest in more than a year. The figure was well below expectations for a gain of 245,000, according to a Reuters poll of economists. Recent data suggests the first quarter ended on a weak note, weighing on investor sentiment.The bond market ...
Prices climb on soft private-jobs report NEW YORK: US Treasury debt prices climbed on Wednesday, with yields on the benchmark 10-year note slipping below 1.9 percent after a weaker-than-forecast jobs report bolstered arguments the Federal Reserve may be slow to raise interest rates.The 30-year Treasury, a maturity favored by many foreign investors, jumped more than 1 full point and was last up 1-19/32 and yielding 2.4595 percent, according to Thomson Reuters data.Treasuries, an asset class which on Tuesday completed a fifth ...
Prices up on quarter-end buying by institutions NEW YORK: US Treasury debt prices rose on Tuesday on buying by institutional investors preparing their portfolios for the end of the quarter, a period in which prices of government securities rose. Prices were up in most maturities, with the largest gains in long-dated issues, and were keeping Treasuries on track for a fifth straight quarter of gains. The benchmark 10-year Treasury note was yielding 1.9353 percent, reflecting a price rise of 8/32, according to ...
Prices ease as Wall Street rallies NEW YORK: US Treasury debt prices softened on Monday, giving back some gains from last week as equity markets rose on signs China was moving to bolster its massive economy.As Wall Street stocks jumped, yields on the 10-year note stayed well below the 2 percent touched last week and were last at 1.951 percent on a price decline of 1/32.The long bond was off 7/32 and yielding 2.5374 percent, according to Thomson Reuters data.Stocks, which ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyApril 30, 2015
Reserves $17.717 bln