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China 3-month fin min deposits sold at 4.65pc SHANGHAI: China's central bank auctioned 60 billion yuan ($9.68 billion) of three-month finance ministry deposits to commercial banks on Thursday at a rate of 4.65 percent, traders said.Banks will bid for the right to take the deposits. The sale, like previous such exercises, is part of the finance ministry's cash management programme. Copyright Reuters, 2014

German yields pinned near record lows as Russia, Greek vote eyed LONDON: Investor nervousness over Russia's gathering financial crisis and an upcoming presidential vote in Greece kept German Bund yields pinned near record lows on Wednesday.Demand for assets perceived as safe like German Bunds accelerated on Tuesday as Russian financial markets collapsed following an aggressive rate hike by the country's central bank failed to buttress the battered rouble.Focus was also on Greece, which holds the first of three rounds of a presidential vote later in the ...

JGBs mostly flat, erase gains ahead of Fed meeting TOKYO: Japanese government bond prices erased earlier gains to stay mostly flat on Wednesday as investors took profits ahead of the US Federal Reserve's policy meeting outcome.JGBs gained earlier as concerns about slumping oil prices and the rouble's collapse sparked flight-to-quality buying in US Treasuries and other developed-country bonds.The 10-year JGB yield stood at 0.360 percent, up 0.5 basis point on the day after having fallen to 0.345 percent, its lowest level since April 2013.Market ...

Weak private sector growth data pushes euro zone yields to new lows LONDON: Bond yields of several euro zone countries touched new record lows on Tuesday after weak private sector growth data indicated a slump in oil prices offered little support to the region's sluggish economy.Markit's flash composite Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for Germany fell to 51.4 in December after a final reading of 51.7 in November. That was above the 50 line denoting growth, but it was the lowest reading in 18 months and far below ...

German 10-year bond yields dip below 0.6 percent on Russian worries LONDON: German 10-year bond yields fell below 0.60 percent for the first time on Tuesday, as a collapse in Russian financial markets sent investors to seek refuge in safe haven assets."It is a result of all this turmoil in Russia, with the rouble getting hammered again," said one euro zone government bond trader.Yields on German bonds - the top-rated debt in the euro zone - fell to a new record low of 0.599 percent, down ...

Five-year JGB yield hits record low after strong auction TOKYO: Japanese government bond prices ticked up on Tuesday as sinking oil prices raised concerns over the global economic outlook, with the five-year yield falling to a record low following a strong auction result. The 2.7 trillion yen ($23 billion) of five-year JGBs were sold at a higher price than market players had expected, triggering short-covering by traders. The new bonds, the 121st five-year bond issue, were sold at an yield of 0.083 percent, the ...

Spanish bond yields hit record lows as oil slump firms QE bets LONDON: Spanish government bond yields fell to record lows on Monday as plunging oil prices bolstered expectations the ECB would soon do more to stimulate the region's economy, including purchasing sovereign bonds.Oil's fall to 5-1/2-year lows has served to justify bets the ECB will take steps to fight off deflation, which swap rates signal could set in over the next year. Two-year inflation swaps are close to zero.Investors snapped up Italian, Spanish and Portuguese bonds, ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,387.21 1.65
Arrow Nasdaq 4,681.50 1.89
Arrow S&P 2,029.55 1.34
Arrow FTSE 6,811.61 0.60
Arrow DAX 10,628.58 1.57
Arrow CAC-40 4,624.21 1.09
Arrow Nikkei 17,768.30 1.72
Arrow H.Seng 24,807.28 0.41
Arrow Sensex 29,571.04 1.00

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