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India bonds post sharpest monthly gain in 1-1/2 years on rate cut hopes MUMBAI: Indian government bonds posted their best monthly gain in 18 months on hopes easing inflation would allow the country's central bank to start trimming key policy rates earlier than expected. The gains came on a day when the Bank of Japan surprised financial markets by significantly expanding its massive stimulus programme, reigniting hopes the global liquidity situation would continue to remain easy. The 10-year bond yields have fallen 24 basis points this month, its steepest since May 2013, on strong demand from foreign investors and continued expectations of a rate reduction. Foreign portfolio investors into Indian debt have bought nearly $2.8 billion so far in October. "We believe inflation will soften in December, although a spike during Jan to March cannot be ruled out," said Soumyajit Niyogi, analyst, interest rate, SBI DFHI, a primary dealership in Mumbai. "We expect a rate cut in early 2015, although one in December ...


US yields hold near session highs after BoJ move NEW YORK: US Treasuries yields held near their session highs in early US trading on Friday in the aftermath of the Bank of Japan's stunning move to expansion of its asset-purchase program in an effort to boost its economy. The central bank of the world's third biggest economy decided to increase the pace at which it expands base money to about 80 trillion yen ($726 billion) per year. Previously, the BOJ targeted an annual increase ...

Kenya 91-day T-bills yield falls to 8.670pc NAIROBI: The weighted average yield on Kenya's 91-day Treasury bills fell to 8.670 percent at auction on Thursday from 8.706 percent last week, the central bank said. The bank received bids worth a total 458.5 million shillings ($5.13 million) for the 3 billion shillings worth of bills on offer, and accepted the entire amount.Copyright Reuters, 2014

Euro zone deflation worries shield German Bunds from upbeat Fed LONDON: German Bunds held steady on Thursday as deflation worries in the euro zone, underscored by figures from Spain, offset the impact of the U.S. Federal Reserve ending its bond-buying programme with a positive note on the economic outlook.Spanish consumer prices fell 0.2 percent in October compared with a decline of 0.3 percent in the previous month. While in line with expectations, the fact that the figure held below zero reinforces bets that the European ...

US bond prices edge up on weak data, Brazilian election NEW YORK: US Treasury debt prices inched higher on Monday in a safe-haven bid on concerns about weak US economic data and the steep drop in Brazil's stock market following the re-election of incumbent leftist Dilma Rousseff. Economic data on the world's largest economy wobbled again on Monday, as a slowing in the US services sector and a less-than-expected rise in pending home sales lifted US bond prices. US government 30-year bond yields, which move ...

ECB may struggle to buy enough corporate bonds LONDON: Any extension of the European Central Bank's asset-purchase scheme to include company debt risks running into a familiar problem - the ECB may not be able to buy enough of them to make a difference.A wave of enthusiasm spread over financial markets on Tuesday after Reuters reported, citing sources close to the situation, that the ECB might decide as soon as December to start buying corporate bonds to complement its covered bonds and asset-backed ...

Spanish, Italian yields fall as banks health check brings relief LONDON: Spanish and Italian government bond yields fell on Monday after the euro zone bank stress tests showed no major bank was in trouble, while those that failed having only a relatively small capital hole to fill.Yields remained around the day's lows after Germany's Ifo business survey came in weaker than expected, reflecting a calmer market after a raft of poor data caused one of the sharpest sell-offs in peripheral bonds two weeks ago.Only 25 ...


 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJuly-June
Trade Balance $-19.98 bln
Exports $25.13 bln
Imports $45.11 bln
WeeklyOctober 27, 2014
Reserves $13.464 bln