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German bond yields fall as ECB policy decision, US data eyed LONDON: German bond yields fell on Wednesday on expectations that the European Central Bank could hint on Thursday at more monetary stimulus to counter disinflationary pressure from sliding commodity prices. Growing concern about the health of the global economy after weak Chinese and US economic data and a renewed slide in oil prices also supported underlying demand for top-rated government bonds. Investors fear that reduced consumption from China will exacerbate a fall in oil prices and keep consumer price growth muted, putting pressure on the ECB to expand its 1 trillion euro asset purchase programme targeted to end next September. The central bank is expected to cut its inflation forecasts at Thursday's policy meeting. A measure of long-term market inflation expectations watched closely by the ECB fell to 1.68 percent on Wednesday from 1.74 percent on Tuesday, retreating further from the ECB inflation target of just below 2 percent. "Investors ...

Croatia T-bill auction misses target ZAGREB: Croatia sold fewer Treasury bills than targeted at an auction Tuesday, with yields remaining flat, Finance Ministry data showed. The ministry sold 436 million kuna ($65.08 million) worth of bills against the 850 million kuna target. "Liquidity on the market is generally good, but not distributed equally among the participants. Another reason is that the banks are cautious awaiting the government's solution for the conversion of the local loans denominated in Swiss francs," a ...

Canadian dollar slides as oil prices fall TORONTO: The Canadian dollar weakened against the US dollar on Monday as volatile crude prices retreated and as investors positioned for month-end trading and ahead of a busy week for economic data.Oil prices slid after staging their biggest two-day rally in six years last week, on renewed worries over excess supply and China's slowing economy.After a quiet period on the economic data front, investors are turning their attentions to this week's Canadian data including second ...

Prices gain on China worries, month-end buying NEW YORK: US safe-haven Treasuries prices rose on Monday on continued concerns over China and emerging market economies, while month-end buying gave longer-dated Treasuries prices a greater boost. China, the world's second-biggest economy, will release its official reading on August factory conditions on Tuesday and economists polled by Reuters believe activity likely shrank at its fastest pace in three years. Concerns about other emerging market economies also underpinned Treasuries prices. In addition, purchases of longer-dated ...

German yields stable after inflation surprise LONDON: German bond yields held firm in holiday-thinned trading on Monday, failing to take much impetus from better-than-expected euro zone inflation data or efforts by policymakers to play down the impact of China's slowing economy. One speech in particular by US Federal Reserve vice-chair Stanley Fischer on Saturday kept alive the chance that the Fed will raise interest rates next month, the first increase in nearly a decade. A rate hike from the world's largest ...

France to sell up to 8.5bn euros in bonds at Thursday auction PARIS: France will sell 7.5-8.5 billion euros of long-term debt at its next regular bond auction on September 3, the Agence France Tresor said on Friday. The three lines on offer include a new 1.0 percent 10-year bond maturing in November 2025, as well as its 1.75 percent May 2023 bond and its 2.5 percent May 2030 bond. Copyright Reuters, 2015

Italy sells top amount at bond auction, 5- and 10-yr yields rise MILAN: Italy paid more than it did a month ago to sell five- and 10-year bonds on Friday as jitters about a slowdown in Chinese growth made investors warier of holding riskier assets. The yield on a new 10-year bond rose at auction to 1.95 percent from 1.83 percent at a sale of the same maturity a month ago. The support provided to weaker euro zone bonds by the European Central Bank's bond-buying programme has ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,084.49 0.20
Arrow Nasdaq 4,830.47 0.41
Arrow S&P 2,014.89 0.07
Arrow FTSE 6,416.16 0.65
Arrow DAX 10,096.60 1.04
Arrow CAC-40 4,701.39 0.54
Arrow Nikkei 18,438.67 1.64
Arrow H.Seng 22,458.80 0.46
Arrow Sensex 27,079.51 0.87

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 08, 2015
Reserves $20.05 bln