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Italy pays record low yields at bond sale after ECB rate cut MILAN: Italy paid record-low yields to sell three-, seven- and 15-year bonds on Thursday at the first auction held after a surprise interest rate cut by the European Central Bank last week.The Treasury raised 6.96 billion euros ($9 billion) over three bonds, at the top of its planned issue range, as analysts said the ECB's expansionary stance supports demand for higher-yielding debt from weaker euro zone issuers.Italy sold a three-year bond due in May 2017 at an average 0.52 percent, down from 0.84 percent when the bond was last sold in July. Italy cancelled its mid-month bond sale in August citing ample cash availability.Thursday's three-year bond sale was covered 1.66 times, versus 1.49 times at the slightly bigger July auction.A December 2021 seven-year bond fetched an average 1.71 percent yield, down from 2.17 percent at the mid-July sale. Demand strengthened from two months ago pushing the bid-to-cover to 1.46 times ...

JGBs fall, pushing yields to a 2-month high TOKYO: Japanese government bond prices fell on Thursday, sending the 10-year yields to a two-month high, as falls in global bond prices, the yen's fall and a rise in Japanese share prices pushed the market out of its months-long doldrums. Some regional banks were also said to have sold cash bonds, reducing their holdings ahead of their half-year book-closing at the end of September. The 10-year JGB futures price fell 0.23 point to 145.42 , ...

China's Shanghai city government sells 5-, 7- and 10-year municipal bonds SHANGHAI: China's Shanghai city government auctioned a total of 12.6 billion yuan ($2.06 billion) of five-, seven- and 10-year municipal bonds at yields of 4.01 percent, 4.22 percent and 4.33 percent, respectively, traders said on Thursday. It is the ninth time this year that a Chinese local government has issued bonds directly, without the Finance Ministry acting as a proxy. China announced in May that it would allow local governments to issue US-style municipal bonds ...

Indian bonds fall for second straight session MUMBAI: Indian government bonds fell for a second consecutive session on Wednesday, hit by worries the US Federal Reserve would raise interest rates sooner than expected and on watch ahead of consumer price inflation data due out on Friday.A study by the San Francisco Fed on Monday raised concerns that the US central bank may consider raising interest rates earlier than thought, a move that could dent the hefty foreign inflows into emerging markets seen ...

Spain yields extend rise as wealthy Catalonia watches Scotland LONDON: Spanish bond yields rose sharply for a third consecutive day on Wednesday as investors worried that the push for independence in Scotland might encourage a similar move in Catalonia, with potentially dire consequences for Madrid.Traders cited an unverified online poll conducted by an independent blogger that gave the "Yes" camp 53.9 percent support before the Sept. 18 referendum. surveys from recognised polling institutes showed the pro-independence voters running neck-and-neck with those who want ...

UK 30-year gilt yield hits 4-week high on Scotland polls, Carney comments LONDON: British 30-year government bond yields hit their highest level in almost a month on Wednesday, driven higher by more speculation about the prospect of Scottish independence and the possibility of interest rate hikes early next year.The 30-year gilt yield peaked at 3.197 percent, its highest level since Aug. 13, shortly after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney repeated to lawmakers that the point at which interest rates will need to rise had moved closer.At ...

Ten-year Bund yields back above 1 percent before German debt sale LONDON: Ten-year Bund yields rose above 1 percent on Wednesday before an auction of new benchmark German debt expected to lure investors back into the market after a sell-off triggered by fears of faster US interest rate hikes.A study by the San Francisco Federal Reserve released this week showed investors underestimated the speed at which the US central bank may hike interest rates, triggering a rise in yields on both sides of the Atlantic.But the ...


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Arrow DJIA 16,380.41 1.63
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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
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WeeklyOctober 10, 2014
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