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Bond prices rally on month-end buying, hold gains after Yellen NEW YORK: US Treasury yields fell and held near session lows on Friday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave mildly hawkish comments on a potential interest rate increase this year and as investors bought bonds ahead of month-end rebalancing.Investors covering short positions and month-end demand sent yields lower, retracing some weakness from Thursday when the Treasury saw tepid demand for an auction of seven-year notes."Month-end is on Tuesday and there's a fairly large index extension," said Daniel Mulholland, head of Treasuries trading at Credit Agricole in New York.US benchmark 10-year Treasury notes were last up 9/32 in price to yield 1.96 percent, down from 2.00 percent late on Thursday.Yields rose slightly - but briefly - after the Fed's Yellen said late on Friday that it would not be "prudent" for the US central bank to postpone an interest rate hike until it reached its inflation target of 2 percent."That's ...

Portuguese yields fall on credit rating upgrade hopes LONDON: Portuguese bond yields fell on Friday on expectations that credit rating agency Fitch will lift the country back to investment grade after it successfully exited its international bailout last year. Fitch will decide after the market closes whether to upgrade Portugal from its current rating of BB+, the highest sub-investment grade category. Portuguese bonds outperformed most euro zone peers, with analysts saying investors were already positioning for a positive outcome given the economy's continuing ...

Weak seven-year auction sends yields higher NEW YORK: US Treasury prices fell and benchmark 10-year note yields rose above 2 percent on Thursday after the government saw tepid demand for a $29 billion sale of seven-year notes, a day after a weak five-year note auction.The seven-year notes priced higher than they traded before the sale despite earlier weakness as dealers and investors prepared for the auction. The bid-to-cover ratio was the lowest since May 2009.Demand for seven-year notes has been muted ...

German yields waver as investors balance Saudi scare with oil surge LONDON: Investors took refuge in German bonds on Thursday after Saudi Arabia launched air strikes in Yemen but analysts said a further fall in yields was capped by the prospect of an inflation-boosting oil price rise.Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies launched military operations in Yemen on Thursday, officials said, to counter Iran-allied forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the U.S.-backed Yemeni president had taken refuge.Yemen's slide towards civil war has made it ...

Gilt yields soar as markets rethink BoE rate hike bets LONDON: British government bond yields surged on Thursday as upbeat economic data and comments from Bank of England policymakers prompted investors to bring forward their bets on when the central bank is likely to start raising interest rates.Five-year British government bond yields rose by the largest margin in almost seven weeks.The benchmark five-year gilt yield, which is particularly sensitive to changes in policy rate expectations over the medium term, jumped 9 basis points to 1.21 ...

Nigeria raises 98bn naira in Treasury bills at lower yields LAGOS: Nigeria raised 97.8 billion naira ($491 million) in Treasury bills at an auction on Wednesday that fetched lower yields compared with the previous sale last week owing to strong appetite for the debt, the central bank said on Thursday.Investors - mostly domestic banks and pension funds - submitted bids totalling 297.06 billion naira, three-times more than the central bank had advertised but demanded yields ranging between 10 percent to 18 percent.The bank said it ...

Yields rise after weak five-year note sale NEW YORK: US Treasury yields rose on Wednesday following weak demand for a $35 billion sale of new five-year notes, indicating yields may need to rise further to attract demand for Thursday's sale of seven-year notes.The bid-to-cover ratio for the five-year notes was the lowest since July 2009 as investors stepped away, leaving primary dealers with their largest allocation since October.The Treasury will sell $29 billion in seven-year notes on Thursday, the final auction of ...


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