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Long yields hit 3-week lows on soft US economic data NEW YORK: US Treasuries yields dropped on Thursday as traders eyeing a possible slowing of American economic growth drove up prices for a fourth straight day.Yields of 10-year and 30-year Treasuries touched three-week lows as investors, already surprised on Wednesday by data showing the US economy contracted more than previously thought in the first quarter, reacted to data showing short-of-forecast increases in US consumer spending.The Commerce Department said May spending increased 0.2 percent. Spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of US economic activity, had been forecast to rise 0.4 percent after a previously reported 0.1 percent dip in April.After adjustments for inflation, consumer spending fell for a second straight month, suggesting spending this quarter could struggle to regain momentum."Just at face value, the small increase in May suggests that spending is not going to be as healthy as people are hoping for," said Kim Rupert, managing director of global ...

Gilt market to withstand any outcome to Scottish referendum LONDON: Britain's government bond market will be able to withstand any volatility surrounding the referendum on Scottish independence, the head of the UK Debt Management Office said on Wednesday."I'm pretty confident that whatever the outcome is - and your guess is as good as mine - the market will be able to cope with that," DMO chief executive Robert Stheeman told a Euromoney conference. He also said British government debt prices have not suffered as ...
Australian bond yield hits one-year low, drags on AUD WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: Australian government bonds rallied on Wednesday, tracking gains in US Treasuries while both the Australian and New Zealand dollars briefly dipped to one-week lows. Australia's benchmark 10-year yield fell as far as 3.573 percent, from 3.655 percent on Tuesday, driving the spread over US Treasuries to 100 basis points, the tightest since August 2013."The lower-for-longer message from key global central bankers suggests that the appetite for yield may prove stronger and more enduring, keeping ...
Turkey's FDI could reach $16bn in 2014 ISTANBUL: Turkey may attract foreign direct investment (FDI) worth as much as $16 billion this year, International Investors Association vice chairman Akin Kozanoglu said on Tuesday. Turkey received foreign direct investment of $12.6 billion in 2013, a drop of 4.1 percent compared to 2012, according to data released by the Economy Ministry. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Taiwan sells 5-year govt bonds at 1.20pc yield TAIPEI: Taiwan auctioned T$32.8539 billion ($1.10 billion) in 5-year government bonds at a yield of 1.20 percent, the central bank said on Tuesday, higher than forecasts in a Reuters poll for a yield of between 1.15 percent and 1.18 percent.The amount of issuance is less than the original plan for T$35 billion.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Yields rise as Fed seen more tolerant of inflation NEW YORK: Most US Treasuries edged higher on Friday, though long bond prices rallied, as investors focused on inflation concerns, two days after the Federal Reserve played down a recent uptick in consumer price pressures.The Fed took a more dovish tone than many expected at its June meeting, leading to volatile changes in trading positions, even though benchmark 10-year yields on Friday ended little changed from before the meeting.The long-dated yield curve steepened to two-week ...
Periphery yields edge up as Italy seeks to extend the life of its debt LONDON: Yields on lower-rated euro zone bonds edged away from record lows on Friday as a debt exchange in Italy prompted some investors to book profits after a recent boost to the rally from the Federal Reserve. Italy is offering to exchange new bonds maturing in 2022 for outstanding 2015 and 2017-dated paper as it continues efforts to extend the average life of its debt and reduce refinancing risks should market conditions sour.The euro zone's ...


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