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Peripheral bond yields dip as ECB expected to reinforce support LONDON: Low-rated euro zone bond yields dipped on Monday as investors positioned for the European Central Bank to reinforce support for the bloc's faltering economy on Thursday against a backdrop of rising tensions over Ukraine.Policymakers and national leaders joined calls over the weekend for ECB president Mario Draghi to announce further monetary easing -- even though August's inflation print came in line with expectations on Friday, which was seen as reducing the chances of new policy measures this week."Investors are positioning themselves for a dovish ECB meeting," said Alessandro Giansanti, rates strategist at ING."Peripheral markets will be the main beneficiary from any other action from the ECB in terms of liquidity injections."Investors will be watching for any details of a broad-based quantitative easing (QE) asset purchase programme, which Draghi hinted at in a speech at Jackson Hole, Wyoming on Aug 22. Some banks, including JP Morgan and Nomura, also expect ...

China's parliament authorises local governments to issue bonds SHANGHAI: China's parliament has formally approved changes to the budget law allowing local governments to issue bonds directly, a reform that could help stabilise government financing by creating the country's first municipal bond market. Regulators have already experimented with allowing local governments to issue debt directly through a pilot programme under way.The amendment to the budget law that the National People's Congress passed on Sunday would certify the pilot and provide a legal basis for ...
France to sell 8-9bn euros of bonds at Thursday auction PARIS: France plans to sell 8-9 billion euros ($11.87 billion) of long-term bonds at a regular auction on Sept. 4, the AFT public debt management agency said on Friday. Fixed-rate lines on offer are an OAT bond maturing in November 2024, a May 2030 OAT and a May 2045 OAT.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Mauritius 273-day Treasury bills yield falls to 0.96pc PORT LOUIS: The weighted average yield on Mauritius' 273-day Treasury bills fell to 0.96 percent on Friday from 1.45 percent at the previous sale, the central bank said. The Bank of Mauritius sold all the 1 billion rupees (32.4 million US dollars) worth of bills on offer.It received bids worth 3.525 billion rupees at yields ranging from 2.50 percent to 0.68 percent. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Yields edge higher, pausing rally, as ECB meeting in focus NEW YORK: Treasuries yields rose slightly on Friday, pausing a week-long rally, as investors rethought expectations for next week's highly anticipated European Central Bank meeting.Comments by ECB President Mario Draghi last Friday were interpreted by some market participants as indicating that the central bank had changed its forecast on inflation lower, and that it may be more likely to embark on new quantitative easing to stave off a decline.But others say that such a move ...
Yields fall as Ukraine prompts safety buying, ECB seen buying bonds NEW YORK: US Treasuries rallied on Thursday and 30-year bond yields fell to their lowest in over a year as concerns over tensions in Ukraine sparked safety buying, and as European government yields continued to hit record lows.Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of bringing troops into the southeast of the country in support of pro-Moscow separatist rebels.Expectations that the European Central Bank is likely to start a bond purchase program when it meets next week ...
Euro zone bond yields hold at record lows after Spain inflation LONDON: Euro zone bond yields held at record lows on Thursday as a drop in Spanish inflation in August kept pressure on the European Central Bank to ease policy further. Spanish inflation came in at minus 0.5 percent, higher than expectations of minus 0.6 percent but lower than in July.German inflation due at 1200 GMT was expected to be unchanged at 0.8 percent. Overall, inflation in the euro zone is still sure to remain far ...


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