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Top-rated euro zone bond yields hit record lows on Greece, QE bets LONDON: Top-rated euro zone bond yields plumbed record lows on Tuesday as anxiety over Greece's future in the euro zone and concerns about the implications for global growth of slumping oil prices drove demand for assets perceived as safe.Greek anti-austerity party Syriza, leading polls ahead of a snap election on Jan. 25, has pledged to renegotiate the terms of the country's 240 billion euro international bailout.A report at the weekend said the German government believes the euro zone could cope with a Greek exit, fuelling uncertainty about the future of the single currency bloc.This, added to growth worries as oil prices tumbled to 5-1/2-year lows, spurred investors into high-rated government bonds, and the average of yields on German, U.S. and Japanese 10-year debt dropped below 1 percent for the first time.Yields on German Bunds, the benchmark for euro zone borrowing costs, fell to an all-time low of 0.484 percent while ...

Portugal plans to issue up to 14bn euros of bonds in 2015 LISBON: Portugal plans to issue up to 14 billion euros of treasury bonds in 2015 at regular auctions and may carry out debt exchanges and buybacks through the year, the IGCP debt agency said. The IGCP said in its financing programme for 2015, released late Monday, that the country's net borrowing needs will reach 11 billion euros this year. This will be the first year since 2011 that the country carries out normal debt financing ...

Indonesia raises 12 trillion rupiah at bond auction, as targeted JAKARTA: Indonesia sold 12 trillion rupiah ($949.37 million) of conventional bonds at an auction on Tuesday, in line with an indicative target, an official from the finance ministry's debt office said.The debt office management planned to raise 78.5 trillion rupiah in the first quarter of 2015. The nine-year bond had a weighted average yield of 8.03075 percent and the weighted average yield of 19-year bond was 8.43958 percent in the first sales of the year. ...

Philippines launches switch tender for new 25-year dollar bonds MANILA: The Philippine government will sell new 25-year US dollar bonds in a swap for 15 outstanding bonds to help it better manage its debt load, it said in a notice issued to investors on Tuesday. The Philippines, which won ratings upgrade from Standard & Poor's and Moody's Investors Service last year, will sell bonds due 2040 in exchange for debt maturing from January 2016 to October 2034. It is also offering cash for investors ...

Greek bond yields rise as Germany sticks to austerity mantra LONDON: Greek bond yields rose on Monday as investors reacted nervously to signs the euro zone's dominant economy Germany will take a tough stance towards the fiscal commitments the next government in Athens will inherit from its predecessor.Greeks go to the polls on Jan. 25 in a snap election that could lead to a government headed by the leftist Syriza party, which has said it wants to cancel the austerity measures the country has taken ...

C$ starts 2015 at 5-1/2-year low OTTAWA: The Canadian dollar fell to its lowest level against the greenback in 5-1/2 years on Friday, kicking 2015 off on a weak note as it was hit by a rally in the US dollar and another drop in oil prices.Traders returned to their desks to take the loonie resoundingly lower, after it drifted higher in light holiday volume over the last few sessions. Investors bet that many of the themes that battered the currency ...

Euro zone bond yields sink as investors prepare for QE year LONDON: Government bond yields fell to new record lows across the euro zone on Friday on expectations the European Central Bank is set to fight slowing inflation with new stimulus measures in the new year. German, French, Italian, Spanish, Irish, Dutch, Portuguese, Belgian and Finnish yields hit record lows after ECB President Mario Draghi said the bank would act to keep consumer prices stable. German five-year yields fell below zero and 10-year Bund yields fell ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,164.95 1.45
Arrow Nasdaq 4,635.24 1.03
Arrow S&P 1,994.99 1.30
Arrow FTSE 6,749.40 0.90
Arrow DAX 10,694.32 0.41
Arrow CAC-40 4,604.25 0.59
Arrow Nikkei 17,674.39 0.39
Arrow H.Seng 24,507.05 0.36
Arrow Sensex 29,182.95 1.68

ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.664 bln
Exports $1.966 bln
Imports $3.630 bln
WeeklyJanuary 25, 2015
Reserves $15.019 bln