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German bond yields dip after PMI miss, ECB stimulus bets firm LONDON: German bond yields dipped on Thursday as disappointing business activity data fed demand for safe-haven assets and firmed up bets that the European Central Bank will adopt more stimulus measures.Markit's Composite Flash Purchasing Managers' Index for the euro zone, seen as a good growth indicator, fell to 51.4 in November, missing the lowest forecast in a Reuters poll. New orders dropped for the first time in over a year.The weak outlook prompted some investors to take refuge in top-rated German bonds, but there was little evidence of selling pressures in the bloc's riskier debt markets as accounts remained positioned for additional central bank easing.The ECB is set to start buying asset-backed securities this week, extending its purchase scheme from covered bonds, but many remain sceptical that this will help expand the central bank's balance sheet by the trillion euros pledged.These barriers, plus the weakening outlook, are enough to convince ...


Indian bonds steady after central bank adviser comments; hopes of rate cut grow MUMBAI: Indian government bonds pared all losses to end little changed on Thursday, after Bloomberg quoted a central bank adviser as calling for an interest rate cut, while the continued fall in global crude oil prices also aided sentiment.Bloomberg quoted Arvind Virmani, a member of the central bank's external advisory committee, as saying "the time for easing monetary policy has arrived" due to easing consumer inflation.Hopes the Reserve Bank of India will cut interest rates ...

Bund yields rise amid UK, US rate hike hints LONDON: German Bund yields rose on Wednesday after Bank of England minutes and data hinting at a rebound in the U.S. housing market provided evidence that a rate hike in both the UK and the U.S. could be on the cards.Bond traders and brokers said the move was exacerbated by pressure on the Bund future which traded through a technical level, prompting some investors to automatically sell."The BoE minutes were quite hawkish and maybe they ...

Indian bonds snap 2-day winning streak on profit-taking; trend bullish MUMBAI: Indian government bonds fell on Wednesday, snapping a two-day winning streak as investors booked profits even as sentiment remained broadly positive due to a continued fall in crude prices.Traders said bonds would continue to be supported by hopes the Reserve Bank of India will cut interest rates by as early as February. The central bank's next policy review is on Dec. 2 when it is expected to adopt a more dovish tone.Foreign investors have ...

Bund yields edge up after BoE hawks stick to their guns LONDON: German Bund yields edged up on Wednesday after Bank of England minutes showed two policymakers again voted for rate hikes despite a weaker economic outlook -- a hawkish stance that some in the market anticipate from the Fed as well.There had been speculation that at least one previous voter for an immediate increase in interest rates might have backed down this month due to the increasing risk that weakness in the euro zone economy ...

China 10-year fin min bonds yield at 3.5780pc, within forecasts SHANGHAI: China's Ministry of Finance auctioned 28 billion yuan ($4.58 billion) of 10-year bonds in the interbank market on Wednesday at an average yield of 3.5780 percent, traders said, as expected. Market forecasts had centred around 3.58 percent and ranged from 3.55 to 3.64 percent. The auction yield came in below Tuesday's benchmark secondary market yield of 3.6070 percent for 10-year government bonds. For stories on Chinese debt issues. Copyright Reuters, 2014

Indian 10-year bonds at over 15-month highs; more gains likely MUMBAI: India's benchmark 10-year bond rose to its highest in more than 15 months on Tuesday and posted its third day of gains after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was quoted by media as saying interest rate cuts would benefit the domestic economy.Jaitley's comments added fuel to expectations that the Reserve Bank of India will ease monetary policy as early as December or February given that consumer inflation is easing sharply.Although the RBI is not statutorily ...


 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyOctober
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
Reserves $14.04 bln