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JGBs trim losses as euro zone worries continue        TOKYO: Japanese government bonds trimmed losses on Friday, with the benchmark yield falling to a fresh three-week low, supported by persistent worries over the European debt crisis. But the yield curve steepened as players were hesitant to chase prices higher, especially in superlongs, as they are watching developments on a proposed consumption tax hike. The ruling Democratic Party plans to agree by the end of the year a proposal to double the 5 percent sales tax to pay for rising welfare costs, while Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is struggling to win broad support among lawmakers and the public for sales tax hikes even as Europe's debt woes have underscored the perils of heavy national debt burdens. March 10-year JGB futures opened lower on Friday as upbeat US economic data and a solid Spanish debt auction reduce fears that the euro zone debt crisis could spark a global recession, lifting stocks and denting ...

US 10-year yield dips, hovers near 2-month low        SINGAPORE: The US 10-year Treasury yield inched lower in Asia on Friday, edging back in the direction of a two-month low hit the previous day, and concerns about the euro zone's sovereign debt crisis was expected to provide support for safe haven treasuries. Ten-year Treasuries edged up 3/32 in price to yield 1.901 percent , down roughly 1 basis point from late US trade on Thursday. The 10-year yield had dipped to around 1.86 percent at ...
US Fed buys $7.55bn in net mortgage bonds  NEW YORK: The US Federal Reserve bought agency mortgage-backed securities in a net amount of $7.55 billion from Dec 8 to Dec 14, compared with $7.45 billion in the previous week, the New York Federal Reserve said on Thursday. The central bank bought a gross amount of $7.95 billion in mortgage securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) in the latest week. During this period, it sold only $400 ...
Bank funding costs strained; dollar-based lending scarce  NEW YORK: Bank funding costs were strained on Thursday as dollar-based lending to European banks remained scarce and threats of ratings downgrades added to worries of increased collateral demands on borrowers. The cost for European banks to obtain unsecured dollar funding has increased, nearing the worst levels since 2008, as investors pull back from making loans that are not secured by assets and lenders become increasingly selective on what securities they will accept to back secured ...
US 10-year note yields at 3-week lows, more volatility eyed   TOKYO: US 10-year treasuries extended overnight gains to nudge up in Asia on Thursday, building on a rally that saw longer-dated yields dip to their lowest in three weeks as worries over the euro zone debt crisis prompted safe-haven buying of US government debt. Ten-year notes rose 6/32 in price to yield about 1.884 percent, having pierced below the lower end of this month's range of between roughly 2.17 percent to 1.95 percent. The yield was ...
JGBs rise on Europe debt woes, 20-year sale eyed           TOKYO: Japanese government bonds extended gains on Thursday, with the benchmark yield dipping to its lowest level in three weeks after worries that Europe's debt crisis is worsening prompted investors to dump riskier assets. But gains were limited as market participants were cautious of chasing prices higher before a 1.1 trillion yen ($14.1 billion) 20-year JGB auction on Thursday. In cash bonds, the 10-year JGB yield fell 1 basis point to 0.980 percent, hitting its lowest level ...
US 10-year notes dip but euro zone worries support   SINGAPORE: US 10-year Treasuries edged lower in Asia on Wednesday but their losses were limited, with ongoing concerns over the euro zone's debt crisis seen likely to lend support to safe haven US debt. Ten-year Treasuries gave back a bit of their gains from the previous day, when they rallied after a strongly bid 10-year note auction. The rally in Treasuries on Tuesday intensified as US stocks fell after the Federal Reserve kept its monetary policy ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,408.54 0.10
Arrow Nasdaq 4,095.52 0.23
Arrow S&P 1,864.85 0.14
Arrow FTSE 6,625.25 0.62
Arrow DAX 9,409.71 0.99
Arrow CAC-40 4,431.81 0.59
Arrow Nikkei 14,516.27 0.68
Arrow H.Seng 22,760.24 0.28
Arrow Sensex 22,628.84 1.58

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