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Italy MILAN: Italy raised 5.645 billion euros ($7.258 billion) in a five- and ten-year bond auction on Thursday, slightly less than targeted but at lower rates, despite fresh debt-crisis nervousness. The Italian Treasury issued 2.718 billion euros in bonds set to mature within five years at a rate of 4.09, compared to 4.63 percent at the last similar operation, and 2.927 billion euros of 10-year bonds at a rate of 5.24 percent, down from 5.82 percent. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012

South Korea to sell 5.3 trillion won T-bonds via auctions  SEOUL: South Korea plans to sell 5.3 trillion Korean won ($4.73 billion) worth of treasury bonds through auctions in October, more than the 5.1 trillion won planned for September, the finance ministry said on Thursday. The Ministry of Strategy and Finance also said it would buy back 1.5 trillion worth of treasury bonds ahead of maturity in September. It will also exchange 500 billion won worth of existing paper with new debt. The ministry will also sell ...

Gilts follow Bunds lower, eye UK GDP  LONDON: Gilt futures fell in step with Bunds on Thursday, after closing at a three-week high the previous session, as traders awaited the final reading of Britain's second-quarter gross domestic product. The release, due at 0830 GMT, was expected to confirm a 0.5 percent quarterly decline in GDP, though some economists were betting on an upward revision. Nonetheless, Lloyds strategists said an upward revision was likely to be trumped by safe-haven flows into gilts. "All else equal, gilts ...

JGBs off highs as stocks rally, after yields touch 7-week low  TOKYO: Japanese government bond prices came off their highs on Thursday as a regional stock market rally led investors to turn to riskier assets, bringing the benchmark 10-year yield up from a seven-week low.   JGBs were firm for most of the session as the continued debt crisis in Europe and fears about slowing global growth fueled demand for safe-haven assets.   A late spike in the Shanghai Composite Index, which jumped nearly 3 percent on speculation that authorities ...

Bunds open lower, but sentiment fragile  LONDON: Bund futures opened lower on Thursday, giving back some of the solid gains made in the previous session, but uncertainty over whether Spain would ask for a bailout kept sentiment fragile in peripheral euro zone debt before an Italian auction.   Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said he is ready to seek a rescue package but only if debt financing costs remain too high for too long.   Those comments, published after anti-austerity protesters clashed with police ...

Soybeans firm as investors look for bargains, hover below $16 a bushel  SYDNEY: US soybeans rose on Thursday to hover below $16 a bushel, as investors looked for bargains following declines in the previous session when renewed concerns over the euro zone debt crisis and the record pace of the US harvest dragged on prices.   Corn, which hit a near three-month low on Wednesday, and wheat both climbed as well.   FUNDAMENTALS   Chicago Board Of Trade November soybeans gained 0.48 percent to $15.80-1/2 a bushel, after closing down 2.39 percent on ...

JGB yields hit 7-week lows on fears about Europe, slowing growth  TOKYO: Japanese government bond prices rose on Thursday, with the benchmark 10-year yield hitting a seven-week low, while the continued debt management crisis in Europe and fears about slowing global growth fueled demand for safe-haven assets.   JGBs gains tracked firmer US Treasuries prices after protesters in Greece and Spain took to the streets to oppose unpopular austerity measures.   Greece's international lenders continued to struggle to come up with a plan to restructure that country's debt.   "There is concern ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,034.93 1.17
Arrow Nasdaq 4,994.60 1.27
Arrow S&P 2,100.40 0.92
Arrow FTSE 7,052.13 0.82
Arrow DAX 11,891.59 1.74
Arrow CAC-40 5,187.59 0.86
Arrow Nikkei 19,634.49 0.09
Arrow H.Seng 27,094.93 2.02
Arrow Sensex 27,886.21 1.95

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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 $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln