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US yields fall as European debt yields drop to record lows NEW YORK: US Treasury yields fell on Friday as European government bond yields fell to record lows, a day after the European Central Bank said it would launch new stimulus in an effort to boost sagging regional growth and stave off deflation.The ECB said it would buy 60 billion euros ($67 billion) of assets a month from March, focusing mainly on sovereign bonds. Bond purchases will cover maturities of up to 30 years - longer than many in the market had expected."We're trading higher in sympathy with what's going on in Europe," said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond strategist at CRT in Stamford, Connecticut. "The QE program is buying further out the curve than initially anticipated."Long-dated bonds led the US rally and the yield curve flattened as investors reached for higher yields. Treasuries are attractive as they offer significantly higher yields than comparable European debt.Benchmark 10-year notes gained 15/32 in ...


Italy to issue 7bn euros of BOTs at end-month auction ROME: The Italian Treasury said on Friday it would offer seven billion euros of first tranche, 6-month Treasury bills (BOTs) at its regular end-month auction on Jan. 28. The BOTs will mature on July 31, 2015. Copyright Reuters, 2015

Portugal 2014 public deficit falls 20pc, beats target LISBON: Portugal's public deficit shrank by 20 percent to 7.07 billion euros ($8 billion) last year as spending fell and tax revenues hit a record high, to beat the government's deficit estimate by 655 million euros, the finance ministry said on Friday. The primary public balance, which excludes debt interest payments, swung to a surplus of 1.03 billion euros from a deficit of 882 million euros a year earlier, the ministry said. Tax revenues rose ...

US to sell fewest 2-year notes in nearly 7 years NEW YORK: The US Treasury Department said on Thursday it will, as expected, sell $26 billion in two-year notes next Tuesday, which will be the smallest offering of this maturity since February 2008. The US government's finance arm has reduced the auction sizes of two- and three-year notes for three straight months due to reduced short-term borrowing needs. After the two-year note sale, the Treasury will sell $35 billion in five-year debt on Wednesday and ...

Bonds slip, foes gripe at Venezuela's economic changes CARACAS: Venezuelan bond prices edged down on Thursday while opponents savaged economic changes by President Nicolas Maduro that included a seeming devaluation of the currency and an imminent rise in domestic gasoline prices. Under pressure over the OPEC member's recession, product shortages and plunging oil revenues, Maduro has opted to keep a complex three-tier currency control system, though bands have been shifted to ensure more dollars are sold at higher levels. In a speech on ...

German bond yields rise on worries QE might end 16-month rally LONDON: German 10-year bond yields rose on Thursday, as investors weighed up whether a 16-month rally in the top-rated debt can continue after the ECB launches a much-anticipated bond-buying scheme.After the biggest daily jump in more than a year on Wednesday, German yields -- the bloc's benchmark -- climbed further away from historic lows, as markets waited eagerly for confirmation that the ECB would follow the path of other major central banks into quantitative easing.Lower-rated ...

ECB to decide on bond-buying plan to revive euro zone FRANKFURT: The European Central Bank is poised to announce a plan on Thursday to buy government bonds, resorting to its last big policy option for breathing life into the flagging euro zone economy.Market expectations are sky-high for the ECB to unveil large-scale quantitative easing (QE) - printing money to buy government bonds - despite opposition from Germany's Bundesbank and concerns in Berlin that this could allow spendthrift countries to slacken economic reforms.The momentous step - ...


 



 
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ICT 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyNovember
Trade Balance $-1.664 bln
Exports $1.966 bln
Imports $3.630 bln
WeeklyJanuary 22, 2015
Reserves $10.331 bln