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Italy sells 7bn euros of 5 and 10 year bonds  LONDON: Italy sold 7 billion euros of five- and 10-year government bonds on Tuesday, paying its lowest costs to borrow since May 2011 despite former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's threat to bring down the government.   Italy sold the 4 billion euros targeted and paid 3.8 percent to borrow over five years, compared with 4.09 percent last time and an average of 4.65 percent over the year.   The new five-year bond attracted bids worth 1.49 times the amount on offer compared to 1.38 last time and an average of 1.49 this year.   The gross yield on a sale 3 billion euros of 10-year bonds was 4.92 percent.   Copyright Reuters, 2012

Cameroon cocoa exports drop 7.7pc in September  YAOUNDE: Cameroon cocoa exports hit 25,490 tonnes in September, the second month of the 2012/13 harvest season, down more than 7 percent from the same month last season, National Cocoa and Coffee Board (NCCB) statistics showed on Friday.   The data, confirmed by the world's fifth largest cocoa grower's Cocoa and Coffee Interprofessional Board (CCIB), showed that exports fell by 7.7 percent compared with the 27,636 tonnes for the same month the previous season.   Month on month, exports ...

Gloomy corporate news boosts Bunds before US data  LONDON: Bund futures rose on Friday as lacklustre corporate earnings, downgrades to French banks' ratings and record unemployment in Spain highlighted the pitfalls still facing the global economy.   Results from global giants Apple and Amazon undershot expectations overnight, while in Europe, Renault, Saint Gobain, Gucci and Publicis weighed in with gloomy earnings and outlooks, putting downward pressure on European stocks.   Standard & Poor's cut the rating of French banks including BNP Paribas - a stark reminder of ...

India bond yields ease 1bp; pricing in surprise rate cut  MUMBAI: Indian bonds rose slightly on Thursday as markets continue to cautiously price a potential surprise rate cut from the central bank next week, although trading has been largely range-bound, with yields ending unchanged for the week.   Most analysts polled by Reuters expect the Reserve Bank of India to keep its repo rate unchanged at 8 percent on Tuesday, seeing as a cut in banks' reserve requirements as a more likely outcome.   However, markets are nonetheless ready ...

UK gilts underperform Bunds ahead of GDP data  LONDON: British government bonds dipped early on Thursday ahead of growth data that will offer a snapshot of the economy's health and further clues on whether the Bank of England will opt for more stimulus.   At 0750 GMT, the December gilt future was 37 ticks lower at 118.70, underperforming the equivalent Bund.   Economists polled by Reuters expect the third-quarter GDP data due at 0830 GMT to show quarterly growth of 0.6 percent, following three consecutive quarters of ...

South Africa bonds, rand firm ahead of medium-term budget  JOHANNESBURG: South African government bonds rose on Thursday after higher-than-expected inflation data in the previous session with trading expected to be thin ahead of the Treasury's release of the medium-term budget later in the day.   The yield on the benchmark 3-year bond and the longer dated 14 year paper were both 2 basis points lower at 5.44 and 7.685 percent respectively.   By 0651 GMT, the rand was trading at 8.73 to the dollar, 0.6 percent firmer than ...

Bunds pulled lower by Treasuries post-Fed  LONDON: German government bond futures fell at Thursday's open, hampered by falls in US Treasuries after the Federal Reserve held course on monetary policy.   But bond markets were mostly at an impasse, limiting moves, as they waited for a signal on when Spain may ask for financial aid, something necessary to enable the European Central Bank to buy its bonds.   Although Spanish bond yields have fallen in recent months and the country can currently finance itself, it ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,596.35 1.95
Arrow Nasdaq 4,958.47 2.40
Arrow S&P 2,057.64 2.09
Arrow FTSE 6,620.48 1.97
Arrow DAX 11,083.20 3.56
Arrow CAC-40 4,869.82 3.74
Arrow Nikkei 20,109.95 2.88
Arrow H.Seng 25,966.98 2.61
Arrow Sensex 27,645.15 0.60

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.894 bln
Exports $1.953 bln
Imports $3.847 bln
WeeklyJune 25, 2015
Reserves $17.457 bln