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US 30-year yield hits record low on weak retail data NEW YORK: The US 30-year Treasuries yield fell to a record low on Wednesday as disappointing US retail sales data raised bets the Federal Reserve would not raise interest rates this year. A 0.9 percent drop in retail sales in December, the steepest in 11 months, extended the US bond market's rally in the first two weeks of 2015, which has been underpinned by worries about deflation spreading across Europe and the effect of tumbling oil prices on corporate earnings and capital investments. "People had thought lower oil prices would help consumer spending. People are very confused so they run into safety assets," said Stanley Sun, interest rate strategist at Nomura Securities International in New York. Another sell-off in US stocks added to the safe-haven bid for Treasuries, sending the 30-year yield to a record low of 2.395 percent, according to Tradeweb. Long-dated US government debt has carried its 2014 ...

South Korea bonds rally on eve of central bank policy review SEOUL: South Korean government bonds rallied on Wednesday, with some yields falling below the 7-day policy rate, as traders bet on a surprise interest rate cut by the central bank at a policy review on Thursday. The 1-year treasury bond yield ended the session at 1.956 percent and the 3-year yield at 1.974 percent, both at record lows and below the central bank's 7-day policy rate of 2.0 percent.This week's bond rally was sparked by ...

Euro zone bond yields fall after court adviser opinion on ECB bond buys LONDON: Bond yields in five euro zone countries hit new lows on Wednesday after an opinion from an adviser to Europe's top court on an unused ECB debt buying programme eased concerns about legal obstacles to future central bank purchases. Pedro Cruz Villalon, advocate general at the European Court of Justice, said the European Central Bank was entitled to buy bonds, on condition that it was not directly involved in an assistance programme for beneficiary ...

Gilt yields sink to new lows after inflation plunge LONDON: Long-dated British government bond yields touched record depths on Wednesday after data showed inflation fell to its lowest level in more than 14 years, prompting investors to add to bets that the Bank of England will raise interest rates only in 2016.In another sign of markets pushing back expectations of when British interest rates are likely to go up, the premium that 10-year gilts offer over the equivalent German Bund sank to its lowest ...

Portugal taps bond demand as QE bets push yields lower LONDON: Portugal is among a raft of euro zone governments issuing new debt on Tuesday, as bond yields across the region sink on expectations the European Central Bank will loosen policy soon.Top ECB policymakers have signalled that sovereign bond-buying - known as quantitative easing - could be announced next week, at the bank's first policy meeting of 2015, despite pending elections in Greece.Traders polled by Reuters on Monday said QE was now a given, a ...

JGB 5-year yield close to record low, nears negative territory TOKYO: The five-year Japanese government bond yield hovered near a record low on Tuesday as safe-haven demand exacerbated a decline in yields driven by the Bank of Japan's extensive easy policy. The five-year yield was down half a basis point at 0.005 percent after touching a record low of zero percent. Yields have been declining in other sovereign debt markets as tumbling oil prices have dimmed the allure of risk assets and increased investor demand ...

Mexico says has covered half foreign debt issuance for 2015 MEXICO CITY: Mexico's sale of a new 30-year benchmark dollar bond and top-up of its 2025 ten-year dollar bond means the country has already covered half of its planned foreign currency debt issuance for 2015, the finance ministry said on Monday. Finance Minister Luis Videgaray said in a statement that "just over 50 percent" of Mexico's foreign financing needs had been met via a $2 billion bond sale from Nov. 18, and the $2 billion ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,132.70 0.45
Arrow Nasdaq 4,963.53 0.49
Arrow S&P 2,104.50 0.30
Arrow FTSE 6,946.66 0.04
Arrow DAX 11,401.66 0.66
Arrow CAC-40 4,951.48 0.83
Arrow Nikkei 18,797.94 0.06
Arrow H.Seng 24,823.29 0.32
Arrow Sensex 29,220.12 1.65

ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.703 bln
Exports $2.156 bln
Imports $3.859 bln
WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
Reserves $15.944 bln