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US Treasuries yields rose on Friday as a stronger-than-expected increase in core consumer prices in April revived expectations that inflation may approach the Federal Reserve's 2 percent target later this year. If the price upturn persists, it would allow the US central bank to consider ending its near-zero interest rate policy this year sooner than previously thought, analysts said.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told Reuters that the recent rise in the yields of long-term German government debt was a move in the right direction and boded well for life insurers. Last week, Germany's 10-year borrowing costs rose at a debt auction for the first time since January 2014. Yields on Bunds, the euro zone benchmark, are now at 0.67 percent after hitting a record low of 0.05 percent last month.
German bond yields headed for their first weekly fall in five weeks on Friday as the market focused again on central banks' continued use of heavy stimulus, which is helping to bring stability after weeks of violent price swings. The first fall in German business morale in seven months, albeit a shallower dip than forecast, supported demand for government bonds.
Citi no longer expects yields on German 10-year bonds to turn negative this year, after a sharp sell-off triggered by receding fears of deflation in the euro zone. The bank had previously expected yields to touch -0.05 percent by the end of the third quarter, but has revised that target up to 0.2 percent. It also doubled its yield target for the end of the year to 0.4 percent from 0.2 percent. Goldman Sachs on Friday revised its end-2015 target for Bund yields to 0.90 percent from 0.50 percent.
The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), one of the world's biggest dealmakers, is looking at deals in the energy sector as a selloff in the price of oil makes valuations more appealing, its top executive said on Thursday. The fund, which delivered gross investment returns of 18.7 percent for its fiscal 2015, is evaluating a number of opportunities in Western Canada, Chief Executive Officer Mark Wiseman said in an interview.
Up to five companies are expected to list on Myanmar's stock exchange when it opens in October, according to an official overseeing the creation of a market that will help develop an economy stifled by 49 years of military rule. Due to open a month before the country holds a crucial general election, the Yangon Stock Exchange has suffered a series of delays and authorities are now scrambling to issue listing standards, underwriting, broking and consulting licenses to be ready in time.
Thailand's stock market for small companies, which has only attracted three new listings so far this year, will meet its 2015 target and match last year's total of 20, the bourse president said on Thursday. Prapan Charoenprawatt told Reuters he expects small companies in renewable energy and logistics to be among those applying for initial public offerings on the Market for Alternative Investment later this year.


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,232.02 0.29
Arrow Nasdaq 5,089.36 0.03
Arrow S&P 2,126.06 0.22
Arrow FTSE 7,031.72 0.05
Arrow DAX 11,815.01 0.42
Arrow CAC-40 5,142.89 0.07
Arrow Nikkei 20,264.41 0.30
Arrow H.Seng 27,992.83 1.70
Arrow Sensex 27,957.50 0.53

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyMay 21, 2015
Reserves $17.75 bln