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US yield curve flattens on claims data, Fed minutes NEW YORK: Longer-dated US Treasuries fared better than shorter-dated issues on Thursday after data showed fewer Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, further supporting the view that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in December. The curve-flattening move is based on the view that after the US central bank ends its near-zero rate policy, shorter-term Treasury yields would rise faster than longer-dated ones. The yield gap between the US five-year note and the 30-year bond contracted to its tightest level since August during early trading. Appetite for longer-dated bonds could stoke bidding at the $13 billion auction of 10-year Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities at 1 p.m. (1800 GMT), analysts said. "This morning's data simply confirmed that the economic landscape is healthy enough for the Fed to continue with its desired timing for liftoff, which for now the market is expecting to be December," said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond ...

ECB bets send euro zone yields lower as Fed signals liftoff LONDON: Euro zone bond yields fell on Thursday as the prospect of an imminent U.S. rate hike failed to shake investor confidence that the European Central Bank is just weeks away from announcing further stimulus.Minutes from the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting showed a solid core of policymakers had rallied behind the country's first hike in nearly a decade, firming bets for liftoff on Dec. 16.Some strategists had previously suggested a rate rise from the ...

Spain sells 3.5bn euros in bonds, yields fall MADRID: Spain sold 3.5 billion euros ($3.74 billion) in debt at a triple bond auction on Thursday, with yields falling across all maturities amid heightened expectations of further European Central Bank stimulus in the coming weeks.Spain hit its mid-range sales target, after a weak auction by Germany a day earlier suggested that investors' demand for low yields was waning.Spain had sold around 96 percent of its end-of-year medium- and long-term debt target following the auction, ...

International Bank of Qatar sets final guidance for debut dollar bond DUBAI: International Bank of Qatar (IBQ) has set final guidance for a debut US dollar-denominated bond issue, which it expects to price later on Thursday, a document from lead arrangers showed.The lender has set final guidance at 200 basis points over midswaps, the document showed, after setting initial price thoughts in the area of 200 basis points over midswaps on Wednesday. The Regulation S Senior offer would come under the A2/A+ rated IBQ's $2 billion ...

German two-year yields off record lows after poor auction LONDON: Two-year German bond yields pulled back from record lows on Wednesday, after a surprisingly poor bond auction result suggested waning demand for an asset that has been underpinned by expectations for more ECB monetary easing.It was the first time since November 2011 that a two-year bond auction drew less in bids than the amount on offer.Germany sold just over 4 billion euros of bonds after receiving bids totalling 4.4 billion, compared with 5 billion ...

Global security jitters send Bund yields to three-week low LONDON: Benchmark 10-year German Bund yields hit their lowest level in almost three weeks on Wednesday, as global security worries lifted demand for safe-haven government debt.Early on Wednesday, gunfire erupted in a north Paris suburb as French police launched an operation to catch suspects believed to be behind gun and bomb attacks in which 129 people were killed last week.Two Air France flights to Paris from the United States were diverted on Tuesday due to ...

Brazil leads region higher against bullish backdrop NEW YORK: Brazilian bonds were leading LatAm assets higher on Tuesday as a more bullish tone on Wall Street encouraged investors to bargain hunt after last week's sell-off. "It is a rip-fest," said a New York-based trader focused on Brazilian bonds. "Sentiment seems to have changed, and people are being more constructive on Brazil as it has gotten cheap." Brazilian sovereign bonds were 8bp-10bp tighter, holding up as 10-year US Treasury yields jumped to 2.3% ...


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Arrow DJIA 17,719.92 0.44
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