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Paid dollar bonds in pesos: Argentina BUENOS AIRES: Argentina's Chaco province made a dollar-denominated bond interest payment in local pesos last week due to the country's policy of limiting access to greenbacks, the province said over the weekend.   The payment of about $260,000 in pesos rather than US dollars surprised the local capital markets, and may set a precedent for other borrowers in the South American country to pay dollar-denominated debt in local currency.   "Compliance in a timely manner of the obligation was carried out in accordance with existing foreign exchange regulations established by the Central Bank of Argentina," said the northern province.   The bank has cracked down on access to dollars this year in a bid to halt capital flight as the local currency depreciates against the dollar.   The Chaco dollar-denominated bonds were issued in 2006 and come due in 2015 and 2023.   Argentina is a major world grains supplier and rising soy, corn and wheat prices have helped it ...

Portuguese 10-year bond yields fall to 3-week low  LONDON: Portuguese 10-year government bond yields fell to a three week low on Friday, with traders citing some optimism caused by the country's recent tentative steps back into the debt market.   Portuguese 10-year bond yields fell 39 basis points on the day to 8.32 percent and yields on shorter dated bonds also fell.   "There's not much flow behind it, but some people are betting that things are going to get a bit better for them after the ...

Bunds fall, hold tight range before US data  LONDON: German Bunds fell, but remained locked in a tight range on Friday, bogged down by uncertainty over Spain's readiness to seek a bailout and awaiting key US jobs data later in the session.   As markets continued to wait for fresh signals from Spain, the day's focus fell on US labour market data, a key influence on Federal Reserve policy, with the non-farm payrolls report expected to show 113,000 jobs were added in September.   "It's obviously all ...

Robustas at discount, Vietnam SINGAPORE: Indonesian coffee roasters were eager to buy local beans this week after a spike in global prices cut differentials, while trading slowed in rival Vietnam ahead of the arrival of fresh beans from the new season, dealers said on Friday.   Sumatran grade 4, 80 defect beans were offered at $10 to $20 below London's January contract for October-November delivery, having been quoted at par earlier this week and at premiums of up to $20 two ...

Bunds slip, focus on US payrolls data  LONDON: German Bunds fell on Friday, hit by an overnight stocks rally, but with uncertainty over Spain's readiness to seek a bailout hanging over markets and key US jobs data later in the day, losses were expected to be limited.   The day's focus falls on US labour market data, a key influence on Federal Reserve policy, with the non-farm payrolls report expected to show 113,000 jobs were added in September.   "I don't expect a great deal this ...

South Korea HAMBURG: South Korea's largest feedmaker Nonghyup Feed Inc. (NOFI) has purchased 10,000 tonnes of corn to be sourced from the Russian Far East in a direct deal with a Russian trading house, European traders said on Friday.   Price for the yellow corn was $310 a tonne c&f to a Korean port and shipment was November-December 2012.   Seller was Russian company MIG in Vladivostok, traders said.   Copyright Reuters, 2012

JGBs inch down as investors await BoJ policy decision  TOKYO: Japan government bonds were mostly lower in relatively thin trade on Friday as stronger equities decreased the appeal of fixed-income assets, but investors were reluctant to make major moves ahead of a Bank of Japan policy decision later in the session.   The BoJ is expected to maintain the status quo at the conclusion of its two-day policy meeting, as it continues to monitor the impact of easing steps it took at last month's meeting.   Ten-year JGB ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,162.99 0.67
Arrow Nasdaq 5,106.59 1.47
Arrow S&P 2,123.48 0.92
Arrow FTSE 7,033.33 1.21
Arrow DAX 11,771.13 1.26
Arrow CAC-40 5,182.53 1.95
Arrow Nikkei 20,472.58 0.17
Arrow H.Seng 28,081.21 0.60
Arrow Sensex 27,564.66 0.12

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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 $-1.795 bln
Exports $1.995 bln
Imports $3.790 bln
WeeklyMay 26, 2015
Reserves $17.749 bln