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Bund yields hold near eight-month lows after Crimea vote LONDON: German Bund yields held near eight-month lows on Monday, with tensions between the West and Moscow over the Crimean region's 96 percent vote in favour of joining Russia at the weekend keeping top-rated assets in demand. Western powers have said that the vote in the southern Ukrainian province, which came after Russia effectively occupied it following the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, is illegal and that they will impose sanctions on Russia.German 10-year Bund yields, the benchmark for euro zone borrowing costs, last traded flat on the day at 1.55 percent, not far from Friday's eight-month lows of 1.506 percent. "The market to some extent expects sanctions now. It depends on what kind of sanctions and (Russia's) reaction to the sanctions to see if we can talk of a de-escalation of the crisis or not," said Piet Lammens, a KBC strategist in Brussels. The inflation outlook also kept ...

France to sell 8-9.5bn euros of medium-term bonds on March 20 PARIS: France is set to sell 7-8 billion euros of fixed-rate, medium-term bonds on March 20, and 1.0-1.5 billion euros of bonds linked on French or euro zone inflation, the Agence France Tresor debt management agency said on Friday. The fixed-rate bonds on offer are the July 2016 OAT, July 2017 OAT and May 2019 OAT. Also on offer are July 2018 and 2024 bonds linked to euro zone inflation and a July 2021 OAT ...

South Korea bonds steady as China growth worries offer support SEOUL: South Korean bonds ended nearly unchanged on Thursday, as continued worries about the health of the Chinese economy offered support for safer assets.Yield on the benchmark 10-year government bonds ended down 0.7 basis points, while lead March futures on three-year treasury bonds ended up 0.01 point.Copyright Reuters, 2014

China finance ministry to auction 28bn yuan of 10-year bonds SHANGHAI: China's Ministry of Finance said on Tuesday that it will auction 28 billion yuan ($4.6 billion) worth of 10-year government bonds on March 19. The bonds will be issued from March 20 to 24 and begin secondary market trading on March 26, it said in a statement published on the website of China's main bond clearing house, China Central Depository & Clearing Co Ltd.Copyright Reuters, 2014

Spanish, Italian yields fall back to late 2005 lows LONDON: Spanish and Italian bond yields fell back to their lowest levels in nearly 8-1/2 years on Friday after a solid debt sale in Madrid this week as an improved economic outlook in the euro zone fuelled investor demand. The market was also stabilising after a sell-off in top-rated bonds on Thursday on disappointment that the European Central Bank signalled it was in no hurry to loosen monetary policy further despite ultra-low inflation. Although money ...

Ruble falls sharply in value against euro amid Crimea tension MOSCOW: The Russian ruble on Thursday fell sharply in value against the euro after Crimea's pro-Russia authorities announced they wanted to join Russia and international talks failed to reach consensus.The ruble lost value to trade 50.06 rubles to the euro at 1445 GMT, 0.5 rubles more than the closing price the day earlier, with the pressure increased by optimistic comments by ECB chief Mario Draghi earlier on the eurozone. The ruble also lost value to ...

Kenya 91-day Treasury bills yield at 9.011 NAIROBI: The weighted average yield on Kenya's benchmark 91-day Treasury bills fell to 9.011 percent at auction on Thursday from 9.189 percent last week, the central bank said. The bank said it received bids worth 10.5 billion shillings ($121.30 million) for the 3 billion shillings worth of securities on offer. It accepted offers worth 5.3 billion shillings. Next week, the central bank will offer 9 billion shillings worth of 91-day, 182-day and 364-day Treasury bills, ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,408.54 0.10
Arrow Nasdaq 4,095.52 0.23
Arrow S&P 1,864.85 0.14
Arrow FTSE 6,625.25 0.62
Arrow DAX 9,409.71 0.99
Arrow CAC-40 4,431.81 0.59
Arrow Nikkei 14,516.27 0.68
Arrow H.Seng 22,760.24 0.28
Arrow Sensex 22,628.84 1.58

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Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
Trade Balance $-1.433 bln
Exports $2.167 bln
Imports $3.600 bln
WeeklyApril 14, 2014
Reserves $9.713 bln