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Fed sees stimulus exit in October WASHINGTON: The Federal Reserve plans to end bond purchases in October, winding up a five-year stimulus effort to support the US economy, central bank June meeting minutes showed Wednesday.Participants of the June 17-18 Federal Open Market Committee meeting saw the economy rebounding from a weak first quarter, largely blamed on bad weather."If the economy progresses about as the Committee expects... this final reduction would occur following the October meeting," the minutes said.Though the Fed previously has indicated it would end asset purchases by year-end, this was the first time an explicit month has been named. Most Fed-watchers had expected the buying to end in October.The FOMC has been tapering the quantitative easing program in incremental steps of $10 billion this year, bringing monthly bond purchases down from $85 billion in December to $35 billion in June.After $10 billion cuts expected from each of its July and September meetings, the policy ...

JGBs lifted by sagging stocks, rallying Treasuries TOKYO: Japanese government bond prices were mostly firmer on Wednesday, lifted by sagging Tokyo shares and an overnight rally by US Treasuries. Superlong JGB maturities lagged slightly, weighed by Thursday's 700 billion yen ($6.9 billion) 30-year debt auction.September 10-year JGB futures climbed 0.06 point to 145.78. The benchmark 10-year yield stood unchanged at 0.550 percent, matching a 15-month low hit the previous week. Yield on the superlong 20-year bond, on the other hand, rose 0.5 ...
Thai 91-day central bank bonds yield 2.04550pc at auction BANGKOK: An auction of 25 billion baht ($772.32 million) of Thai 91-day central bank bonds fetched an average accepted yield of 2.04550 percent on Tuesday, the Bank of Thailand said. The average accepted yield on 25 billion baht of 182-day central bank bond was 2.10423 percent, it said. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Foreign investors boost South Korea bond holdings in June-regulator SEOUL: Foreign investors boosted their holdings of South Korean domestic bonds by a net 0.4 trillion won ($396.04 million) during June, a fourth consecutive month of increases, the financial regulatory agency said on Monday. Some 6 trillion won worth of bonds matured in June but foreign investors bought a net 6.4 trillion won worth, the Financial Services Commission said in a report to a scheduled parliamentary committee session. Separately, foreign investors bought a net 0.7 ...
ECB largesse drives yields on lower-rated euro zone bonds lower LONDON: Yields on lower-rated euro zone bonds fell on Friday after the European Central Bank fleshed out the terms of long-term loans it has lined up for banks and said it stood ready to print money if needed.The ECB will give banks the opportunity to borrow up to 1 trillion euros for four years at a rate of only 0.25 percent from September in the hope they will lend some of that money to businesses ...
JGB 10-year yield falls to 0.555pc, lowest since May 2013 TOKYO: The yield on the benchmark 10-year Japanese government bonds briefly fell to 0.555 percent on Friday, its lowest level since May last year, as concerns about the US growth outlook drove down global bond yields. The 10-year US Treasury debt yield hit a four-week low on Friday and the 10-year German Bunds yield hit a one-year low, after recent soft US data raised doubts about expectations of solid growth in the American economy. Copyright ...
Italy yields edge up as investors chew over hefty debt sales LONDON: Italian bond prices slipped on Friday as investors digested nearly 8 billion euros of debt sold by Rome at record low yields after weak euro zone data boosted bets the European Central Bank (ECB) may deliver more monetary stimulus. The sale of new fixed-rate five- and 10-year bonds as well as floating rate 2019 paper prompted some market participants to book profits after a sharp rally in euro zone bonds this week drove yields ...


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Arrow DJIA 17,106.70 0.17
Arrow Nasdaq 4,570.64 0.29
Arrow S&P 2,000.02 0.11
Arrow FTSE 6,822.76 0.70
Arrow DAX 9,588.15 0.82
Arrow CAC-40 4,393.41 1.18
Arrow Nikkei 15,521.22 0.59
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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
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WeeklyAugust 25, 2014
Reserves $13.925 bln