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Weak private sector growth data pushes euro zone yields to new lows LONDON: Bond yields of several euro zone countries touched new record lows on Tuesday after weak private sector growth data indicated a slump in oil prices offered little support to the region's sluggish economy.Markit's flash composite Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for Germany fell to 51.4 in December after a final reading of 51.7 in November. That was above the 50 line denoting growth, but it was the lowest reading in 18 months and far below levels seen earlier this year.The data reinforced bets that the European Central Bank could soon start buying sovereign bonds to pump money into the euro zone economy, cooling any expectations that the potential positive growth effect of cheaper oil could prevent such a move.The fall in oil prices to the lowest levels in over five years was having a more significant impact in dampening inflation expectations.The most closely watched measure of where the market sees ...


German 10-year bond yields dip below 0.6 percent on Russian worries LONDON: German 10-year bond yields fell below 0.60 percent for the first time on Tuesday, as a collapse in Russian financial markets sent investors to seek refuge in safe haven assets."It is a result of all this turmoil in Russia, with the rouble getting hammered again," said one euro zone government bond trader.Yields on German bonds - the top-rated debt in the euro zone - fell to a new record low of 0.599 percent, down ...

Five-year JGB yield hits record low after strong auction TOKYO: Japanese government bond prices ticked up on Tuesday as sinking oil prices raised concerns over the global economic outlook, with the five-year yield falling to a record low following a strong auction result. The 2.7 trillion yen ($23 billion) of five-year JGBs were sold at a higher price than market players had expected, triggering short-covering by traders. The new bonds, the 121st five-year bond issue, were sold at an yield of 0.083 percent, the ...

Spanish bond yields hit record lows as oil slump firms QE bets LONDON: Spanish government bond yields fell to record lows on Monday as plunging oil prices bolstered expectations the ECB would soon do more to stimulate the region's economy, including purchasing sovereign bonds.Oil's fall to 5-1/2-year lows has served to justify bets the ECB will take steps to fight off deflation, which swap rates signal could set in over the next year. Two-year inflation swaps are close to zero.Investors snapped up Italian, Spanish and Portuguese bonds, ...

Indian bonds end flat on profit-taking, oil aids MUMBAI: Indian bonds ended flat on Monday despite data showing sharply easing retail and wholesale inflation, as investors took profits after benchmark 10-year bond yields had hit a nearly 1-1/2 year low.Data earlier showed India's wholesale price index showed no increase in November, while data late on Friday had showed consumer inflation easing to its lowest since the series was unveiled in 2012.The numbers cemented expectations the Reserve Bank of India would cut interest rates ...

Low-rated bond yields dip as oil slump firms QE bets LONDON: Low-rated euro zone bond yields slipped on Monday, as plunging oil prices bolstered expectations the ECB will soon do more to stimulate the region's economy, including purchasing sovereign bonds.Oil's fall to 5 1/2-year lows has served to justify bets the ECB will take steps to fight off deflation, which swap rates signal could set in over the next year. Two-year inflation swaps are dangerously close to zero.Investors snapped up Italian, Spanish and Portuguese bonds, ...

China fin min to auction 60bn yuan of 3-month deposits on Dec 18 SHANGHAI: China's finance ministry will auction 60 billion yuan ($9.70 billion) of three-month deposits to commercial banks on Dec 18, the People's Bank of China said in a statement on Monday. Banks will bid for the right to take the deposits.The sale, like previous such exercises, is part of the finance ministry's cash management programme. The auction will be conducted by the central bank on behalf of the finance ministry, the central bank said in ...


 



 
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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%
MonthlyOctober
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
Reserves $14.04 bln