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Spanish yields extend rise as restive 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 may inspire 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. Previous surveys from recognised polling institutes showed the pro-independence voters running neck-and-neck with those who want the country to remain within the United Kingdom.Spain's wealthy Catalonia region is planning a vote of its own in November, with the regional parliament expected to pass a law calling the referendum later this month. Madrid is expected to challenge that move in the constitutional court.Artur Mas, the leader of the northeastern region of 7 million people, told Reuters in an interview he is seeking a legal formula for a non-binding vote, although Prime Minister ...

Indian bonds slip in rangebound trade MUMBAI: Indian government bonds edged down on Tuesday, tracking US treasuries and a weaker rupee, but expectations that the government would raise the foreign investment limits in debt capped losses and kept yields in a tight band.US treasuries yields stabilised on Monday after a study from the San Francisco Federal Reserve renewed concern there would be an early Federal Reserve rate increase.The Indian rupee posted its biggest single-day fall in more than a month on ...

Spanish yields jump on fears Scotland vote may inspire Catalonia LONDON: Spanish bond yields spiked on Tuesday on investor worries that a strong showing for secessionists in Scotland's independence vote could strengthen other separatist bids in Europe such as that in Spain's wealthy Catalonia region.Pro-independence voters in Scotland are neck-and-neck with those who want the country to remain part of the United Kingdom ahead of a referendum on Sept. 18.Investors see Spain as vulnerable, with Catalonia planning a referendum of its own in November - ...

Bond yields stabilize on Fed study, Ukraine ceasefire NEW YORK: Benchmark US Treasuries yields stabilized on Monday after a study from the San Francisco Federal Reserve renewed concern there would be an early Federal Reserve rate increase, and as traders anticipated this week's supply. Investors expect the Fed to keep interest rates lower for longer, and to raise them more slowly, than U.S monetary policymakers themselves expect, according to research by the San Francisco bank published on Monday. "This is a Fed district ...

UK gilt yield curve steepens sharply on Scotland vote risk LONDON: Long-dated British government bond prices tumbled on Monday after supporters of Scottish independence from Britain took their first opinion poll lead less than two weeks before a referendum.The yield curve steepened sharply and sterling fell to a near 10-month low against the dollar following the YouGov survey, which put the "Yes" vote on 51 percent against the "no" camp on 49 percent.Scots head to the voting booths next Thursday.Marc Ostwald, strategist at ADM Investor ...

Indian bonds gain as Brent supports; debt limit hike in focus MUMBAI: Indian government bonds gained on Monday as a fall in global oil prices raised expectation that inflation would be kept in check, while hopes persisted that the government would increase foreign investment limits.Sentiment was also underpinned after data on Friday showed US employers added the fewest jobs in eight months in August, reviving bets that the Federal Reserve might leave interest rates near zero for longer than anticipated.The gains shook up a lethargic bond ...

Peripheral yields fall, ‘turbo-charged’ by ECB rate cuts LONDON: Yields on the euro zone's lower-rated debt fell on Friday as the European Central Bank's rate cuts and openness to a large-scale bond-buying programme pushed investors towards riskier assets in a quest to maximise returns. An expected ceasefire between Ukraine government forces and pro-Moscow separatists prevented sharp yield falls in top-rated German Bunds, a traditional hedge against geopolitical concerns. The ECB cut its main refinancing rate to 0.05 percent, raised the penalty for banks ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 23, 2014
Reserves $13.465 bln