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Short-dated yields up on Fed rate hike bets; 30-yr yields slip NEW YORK: Short-dated US Treasury yields hit two-week highs on Tuesday on continued expectations that the Federal Reserve would hike rates this year, while yields on longer-dated Treasuries slid on concerns over Greece and global economic growth. US two- and three-year yields, which are sensitive to expectations on when the Fed will hike rates, hit two-week highs of 0.65 percent and 1.03 percent, respectively, after traders took a sanguine view of US durable goods orders data.Commerce Department data showed US durable goods order slipped 0.5 percent in April, in line with economists' expectations according to a Reuters poll, but were revised higher to 5.1 percent for March. In addition, US business investment spending plans increased solidly for a second straight month, the data showed. "I viewed it as a fairly economy-friendly report," said Justin Hoogendoorn, fixed income strategist at BMO Capital Markets in Chicago. He said the data gave the ...


German bond yields on track for first weekly fall in five weeks LONDON: German bond yields headed for their first weekly fall in five weeks on Friday as the market focused again on central banks' continued use of heavy stimulus, which is helping to bring stability after weeks of violent price swings.The first fall in German business morale in seven months, albeit a shallower dip than forecast, supported demand for government bonds. Greece was the exception in the European bond market, as its yields rose after the ...

US bond yields fall as data renew economic concerns NEW YORK: US Treasuries yields declined on Thursday as a batch of disappointing economic reports revived worries about the US economy and prompted further questions whether the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates later this year.An exit of bearish bond bets in advance of a government report on consumer prices in April and an economic speech from Fed Chair Janet Yellen on Friday further pushed a drop in yields, with the 30-year falling below 3 ...

Euro bond yields rise as supply glut tests fragile market LONDON: Euro zone bond yields rose on Thursday as investors shaken by the market's recent selloff struggled to absorb more than 15 billion euros of new bonds from France and Spain.Before the debt sales, yields were falling after Federal Reserve minutes showed late on Wednesday the U.S. central bank was in no hurry to raise interest rates. Focus then shifted to the European Central Bank's plan to accelerate asset purchases in May and June.France sold ...

US bonds rise as Fed minutes hint June rate hike unlikely NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices rose on Wednesday as the minutes from Federal Reserve's April policy meeting reinforced the view the central bank will likely leave interest rates near zero in June due to lingering concerns about the US economy.Longer-dated bonds erased earlier losses that had been caused by worries that the Fed was possibly more determined to raise interest rates in June than previously thought."Many participants, however, thought it unlikely that the data available ...

China completes sale of 14bn of yuan bonds in Hong Kong HONG KONG: China sold 14 billion yuan ($2.26 billion) of yuan-denominated offshore bonds in Hong Kong on Wednesday, the seventh consecutive year the Ministry of Finance (MOF) has tapped the market to bolster its development.Bonds of various tenors were offered, among which the largest amount sold was 5 billion yuan of three-year bonds at 2.8 percent, two sources familiar with the sale told Reuters.The MOF will auction a total of 28 billion yuan bonds this ...

JGBs ease on US Treasuries, 5 years bond auction TOKYO: Japanese government bond prices dropped on Tuesday, taking cues from falls in US bonds and briefly extending losses after an auction of five-year JGBs showed limited demand at the current levels.The 10-year JGB futures price fell 0.11 point to 147.29 while the yield on the current 10-year cash JGB yield rose 1.5 basis point to 0.390 percent.US Treasuries prices fell on Monday on profit-taking after gains last week on weak US data, with many ...


 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyAugust 27, 2015
Reserves $18.509 bln