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US bond prices firm as world stock markets drop NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices edged up on Friday and benchmark yields hovered at their lowest levels in over three weeks as global stock market losses stoked demand for lower-risk government debt.Bond prices initially rose on a steep sell-off in Chinese equities after Reuters reported Chinese stock regulators widened their probe of brokerages to include the country's fourth-largest securities firm. The Shanghai Composite Index dropped 5.5 percent for its largest single-day loss since late August, while the MSCI world stock index fell 0.4 percent. "There was a bit of safe-haven buying overnight," said Guy LeBas, chief fixed-income strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott in Philadelphia. Treasuries clung to gains as US blue-chip shares slipped on worries about weak consumer spending. Early evidence suggested American shoppers were not rushing out to stores on Black Friday, the unofficial start of the critical year-end period for many US retailers. Trading volume was light, with ...

Prospect of dual ECB deposit charges sends short-term rates to new lows LONDON: Short-term euro zone interest rates fell to record lows on Thursday as markets interpreted a European Central Bank debate about two-tier deposit rates as signalling an aggressive cut was on the cards.Overnight bank-to-bank Eonia lending rates dated for the ECB's Dec. 3 meeting fell below minus 0.28 percent, reflecting expectations the bank could cut the deposit rate to as low as minus 0.35 percent, from the current minus 0.20 percent.But the Eonia pricing could ...

China completes offshore yuan bond sale to institutional investors HONG KONG: China completed its sale of 12 billion yuan ($1.57 billion) in dim sum bonds in Hong Kong to institutional investors and central banks on Thursday, the seventh year the Ministry of Finance (MOF) has tapped the market to bolster its development.Four tenors were available, including a 5 billion yuan three-year tranche, a 3 billion yuan five-year tranche and 1 billion yuan each of a 10-year and 20-year tranche.The bonds were priced at 3.29 ...

Swiss 10-year government bond yields touch record low ZURICH: Swiss 10-year government bond yields touched a record low of -0.375 percent on Wednesday as expectations grew that central banks will ease monetary policy further. Traders said the European Central Bank was widely tipped to act at a meeting next week. Swiss National Bank Chairman Thomas Jordan also told a newspaper that the SNB had no limit on increasing its balance sheet as it tries to weaken the franc. Copyright Reuters, 2015

German short-term yields hit record low as ECB mulls deposit rate tweaks LONDON: German two- and five-year government bond yields hit new lows on Wednesday after a report that European Central Bank officials are considering options to stagger charges on banks hoarding cash or to buy more debt ahead of next week's ECB meeting. The central bank is widely expected to cut its deposit rate on Dec. 3 and possibly expand its asset-purchase programme to lift inflation and growth in the euro area. ECB officials are considering ...

German yields fall as ECB discusses deposit rate tweaks LONDON: German 10-year Bund yields fell back below 0.50 percent on Wednesday after a report that ECB officials are considering options to stagger charges on banks hoarding cash or to buy more debt ahead of the next week's ECB meeting.The European Central Bank is widely expected to cut its deposit rate on Dec. 3 and possibly expand its asset-purchase programme.Central bank officials are considering options such as introducing a two-tier penalty charge on banks that ...

Portugal borrowing costs largely shrug off leftist government LISBON: Portugal's 10-year borrowing costs edged marginally higher in an auction on Wednesday from the previous sale last month after Tuesday's appointment of Socialist Antonio Costa as prime minister who will have to rely on support from the far left.As in the previous sales and in the secondary market, investors prefer to focus on the European Central Bank's bond-buying programme encompassing Portuguese debt."The issue has been well received. There is overriding support for Portuguese bonds ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,813.39 0.01
Arrow Nasdaq 5,116.15 0.26
Arrow S&P 2,088.87 0.01
Arrow FTSE 6,393.13 0.88
Arrow DAX 11,320.77 1.35
Arrow CAC-40 4,946.02 1.08
Arrow Nikkei 19,944.41 0.49
Arrow H.Seng 22,488.94 0.04
Arrow Sensex 25,958.63 0.71

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Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.197 bln
Exports $1.729 bln
Imports $3.926 bln
WeeklyNovember 23, 2015
Reserves $19.713 bln