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Bond prices mostly flat ahead of US jobs report NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices were mostly flat on Thursday as traders awaited Friday's closely watched US jobs report for hints on when the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates from current rock-bottom levels.Trading was muted in anticipation of the February employment report, which economists polled by Reuters expect will show nonfarm payrolls rose by 240,000. That would be down from January's 257,000 increase.Analysts said a significant improvement in the unemployment rate or wage growth could increase expectations that the Fed will hike rates sooner than expected, which in turn could cause Treasury yields to spike higher. Yields move inversely to prices. The Fed's next policy meeting is March 17-18.Economists polled by Reuters expect a 0.2 percent gain in average hourly earnings in February and a drop in the unemployment rate to 5.6 percent from 5.7 percent the previous month."If you get a 0.3 percent gain in average hourly earnings ...

Euro zone yields near record lows as ECB about to show the money LONDON: Euro zone borrowing costs lurked around record lows on Thursday, with investors holding their bonds tight as the European Central Bank put the final touches to its trillion-euro asset-buying programme.German two-year yields were minus 0.20 percent, in line with the ECB's deposit rate as markets were unsure whether the bond-buying scheme would include assets that yield less than the rate at which the ECB effectively funds itself. The main concern is the ECB's ability ...
Kenya 91-day T-bill yield falls to 8.463pc NAIROBI: The weighted average yield on Kenya's 91-day Treasury bills fell to 8.463 percent at auction on Thursday from 8.645 percent last week, the central bank said. The bank said it received bids worth 1.92 billion shillings ($21 million) for the 1 billion shillings worth of bills offered. It accepted all the bids. Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
Bond prices mostly flat on mixed data ahead of US jobs report NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices were mostly flat on Wednesday after a weaker-than-expected reading on US private payrolls growth contrasted with stronger-than-expected US services sector data and created uncertainty ahead of Friday's US jobs report.US private employers added 212,000 jobs last month, lower than economists' expectations for 220,000, according to a Reuters poll. The figure was also lower than January's upwardly revised figure of 250,000.The Institute for Supply Management, meanwhile, said its services index was ...
Nigeria aims to raise 95bn naira at bond auction LAGOS: Nigeria plans to raise 95 billion naira ($476 million) by selling sovereign bonds with maturities ranging between 5 and 20 years on March 11, the Debt Management Office (DMO) said on Wednesday. The debt office said it will raise 35 billion naira in 5-year bonds and 35 billion naira each in the 10 and 20-year paper, using the Dutch auction system. All the bonds are a re-openings of previous issues and the result of ...
Bond prices slip on corporate supply; US data eyed NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices fell for a second straight day on Tuesday, pressured by corporate bond sales, while demand for relatively high U.S. yields and anticipation of Friday's U.S. jobs report capped losses.Pharmaceutical company Actavis Plc launched a $21 billion corporate bond deal, the second-largest on record, according to Thomson Reuters unit IFR. Analysts said investors sold some safe-haven Treasuries in order to buy some of the debt and that the size of the ...
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 ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJanuary
Trade Balance $-999 mln
Exports $2.064 bln
Imports $3.063 bln
WeeklyMarch 13, 2015
Reserves $16.273 bln