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Indian bonds gain ahead of new fiscal borrowing numbers MUMBAI: Indian government bonds snapped three sessions of losses on Friday, helped by gains in the rupee with the borrowing numbers for the next fiscal year to provide direction for debt.Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram will detail gross borrowing for the fiscal year beginning in April in his interim budget on Monday. For a preview, seeThe budget will be the current government's last financial statement ahead of the general elections due by May.Chidambaram is widely expected to meet his fiscal deficit target of 4.8 percent for the current fiscal year, but analysts are closely watching how he juggles subsidies and spending to achieve it.Bond dealers are expecting gross borrowing to be in a range of 5.8-6.4 trillion rupees, based on the government's previously outlined fiscal deficit target of 4.2 percent for 2014/15.J.P.Morgan said it expects gross borrowing to be 6.25 trillion rupees."Our baseline expectation for the outgoing finance minister is to ...

Belgium aims to sell 2.5-3.5bn euros of bonds at auction BRUSSELS: Belgium plans to raise between 2.5 and 3.5 billion euros ($3.4-4.8 billion) of medium- and long-term debt on Monday in its first auction of the year. The double-A rated sovereign will offer the 4.00 percent March 2019 bond, a new 2.60 percent June 2024 bond and the 4.25 percent March 2041 issue. The country aims to sell 30 billion euros ($40.9 billion) of medium- and long-term OLO bonds this year, compared with 42.33 billion ...

Spain to sell bonds due 2019, 2024 and 2044 on Thursday MADRID: Spain will auction three bonds at the next scheduled auction Feb. 20, the Treasury said on Friday. The bonds include one due April 30, 2019, with a 2.75 percent coupon, one due April 30, 2024, with a 3.8 percent coupon and one due October 31, 2044, with a 5.15 percent coupon.Copyright Reuters, 2014

India govt bonds gain as retail inflows slows to 2-year low MUMBAI: Indian government bond yields eased on Thursday after retail inflation slowed to a 2-year low, raising hopes that the central bank will stick to its guidance of no further hikes if price pressures continue to ease. The 10-year benchmark bond yield was down as much as 5 basis points in early trade. It was last trading at 8.78 percent, down 3 bps on the day. Retail inflation slowed to a two-year low in January, ...

BlackRock expands retirement business with new bond NEW YORK: BlackRock Inc, the world's largest money manager, is expanding its push into the retirement market with a new set of bond funds tied to indexes that track an individual's expected annual retirement income once he or she reaches age 65. The new funds, which BlackRock is targeting at investors over 55, are linked to a series of retirement benchmark indexes the company launched in July. The index series, called CoRI ...

South Korea bonds edge higher on foreign inflows; eyes on Yellen SEOUL: South Korean bonds edged higher on Tuesday, buoyed by continued demand from foreign investors, though caution ahead of US Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen's congressional testimony kept the gains modest.Yield on the benchmark 10-year government bonds ended down 2 basis points, while lead March futures on three-year treasury bonds ended up 0.02 points.Copyright Reuters, 2014

Italian bond yields near eight-year lows before industry data LONDON: Italy's government bond yields held near eight-year lows on Monday before the country releases industrial output figures, kicking off a key week for investor perceptions about the euro zone growth outlook. Recent economic data have been one of the main drivers behind a rally in lower-rated euro zone bonds this year, with investors betting that an economic recovery will help the region leave its sovereign debt crisis behind. A pick-up in euro zone growth ...


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