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NZ dollar hits three-year high, Aussie buoyant WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The New Zealand dollar rose to a three-year high on Friday, benefiting from a broad chase for higher yields, while its Australian peer was a bit more circumspect ahead of its 2014 peak. Robust demand for better returns in a low global interest rate environment was evident in the debt market with Australian bonds resuming their rally.That drove the 10-year yield to a fresh one-year low at 3.549 percent. The kiwi traded at $0.8773 after peaking at $0.8795, a high not seen since early August 2011. The currency has been outperforming its major peers thanks to the higher returns it offers and the prospect of a further rise in rates from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand next month. That has set the scene for the kiwi to head towards the post-float high of $0.8842. "Broad US dollar weakness coupled with our relatively high interest rates in a low ...

Indian bonds fall for 2nd straight day; budget uncertainty looms MUMBAI: Indian government bonds ended down for a second straight session on Friday, as cautious investors cut large bond holdings due to uncertainty around the new government's budget and inflation concerns weighed on sentiment.The 10-year benchmark bond yield rose for a third straight week, mostly due to the Iraq crisis which has pushed up global oil prices.Traders expect yields to be range-bound until the federal budget on July 10 amidst widespread expectation that the Narendra ...

German Bund yields approach record lows as growth outlook dims LONDON: German Bund yields edged towards all-time lows on Thursday as a weakening growth outlook for the euro zone and United States cemented the view that central banks will keep supporting their economies for a prolonged period.A second downwards revision of Q1 U.S. economic growth on Wednesday, followed by below-forecast consumer spending data on Thursday softened expectations that the Federal Reserve would reverse course on its ultra-easy monetary policy any time soon.Weak data out of ...

German Bund yields dip to lows amid conflict and ECB hopes LONDON: German Bund yields edged towards all-time lows on Thursday amid geopolitical tensions and a weakening euro zone growth outlook which cemented expectations of a prolonged period of central bank support.Conflict in Iraq and Ukraine supported the bloc's safest assets, but with borrowing costs for its weakest states still near record lows there was little evidence that investors' were closing riskier bets."The power of the ECB is very high, and the fact they can come ...

Indian bonds fall before Friday debt sale; inflation concerns loom MUMBAI: Indian government bonds snapped two days of gains on Thursday to end lower as investors trimmed bond holdings to make way for the 150-billion-rupee debt sale on Friday, which includes 70 billion rupees of the 10-year benchmark bonds.Market also fretted over the impact of poor monsoon rains on inflation, as food prices trend higher.In the recent past, RBI governor Raghuram Rajan has raised concerns over high food prices weighing on the consumer price inflation, ...

Indian bonds end up for second straight session MUMBAI: Indian government bonds rose for a second straight day on Wednesday, tracking fall in global crude oil prices and continued short-covering by traders after recent losses.Brent crude oil slipped below $114 a barrel on Wednesday as fears of supply disruption in Iraq receded and after a rise in US inventories pointed to ample stockpiles for the world's biggest oil consumer.However, investors held off large positions due to persisting uncertainty ahead of the new government's ...

German Bund yields near 2014 lows on Iraq worries LONDON: German government bond yields fell towards their lowest levels this year on Wednesday as worries over violence in Iraq pushed investors towards assets perceived as safe havens. Sunni insurgents battled government forces for control of Iraq's biggest refinery, keeping oil prices close to $114 per barrel, with some analysts fearing a further rise could pose a risk to the global growth outlook. "It's a volatile situation in Iraq and Treasuries and Bunds benefit from ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,051.73 0.28
Arrow Nasdaq 4,424.70 0.17
Arrow S&P 1,973.63 0.23
Arrow FTSE 6,728.44 0.31
Arrow DAX 9,612.05 1.11
Arrow CAC-40 4,304.74 0.71
Arrow Nikkei 15,215.71 1.01
Arrow H.Seng 23,387.14 0.29
Arrow Sensex 25,715.17 0.29

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Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
Trade Balance $-1.558 bln
Exports $2.117 bln
Imports $3.675 bln
WeeklyJuly 10, 2014
Reserves $14.638 bln