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Bond yields edge lower on Draghi comments; US data eyed NEW YORK: US Treasuries yields edged lower on Thursday after comments by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi bolstered Treasuries' attractiveness compared with European bonds, but anticipation of Friday's US jobs report kept trading muted. Draghi said that the ECB's 1 trillion euros-plus bond buying plan could extend beyond September 2016 "if needed," and that the purchases could go down as far as the deposit rate, currently at negative 0.20 percent. Draghi spoke at a news conference in Cyprus following an ECB policy meeting. Draghi's comments underscored the likelihood of European yields falling lower in response to the bond-buying program, resulting in US Treasury yields being even more attractive to investors. "There's a lower yield potential for German yields because Draghi stated that the quantitative easing will include purchases of bonds with yields down to the deposit rates," said Jonathan Rick, interest rate derivatives strategist at Credit Agricole in New ...


Romania sells 300mn lei of June 2021 T-bonds BUCHAREST: Romania sold a planned 300 million lei ($74.60 million) worth of June 2021 treasury bonds on Thursday, with the average accepted yield at 2.60 percent, central bank data showed.Debt managers last issued the paper in October 2014, at an average yield of 3.70 percent.So far this year, the finance ministry has sold roughly 8.5 billion lei worth of leu currency bills and bonds. Copyright Reuters, 2015

Spain sells 5bn euros in bonds at record low yields MADRID: Spain sold 5 billion euros ($5.52 billion) of debt at a triple bond sale on Thursday, hitting record low yields as the European Central Bank unleashes a government bond buying programme. The Treasury sold more than its planned mid-range target of between 4 billion and 5 billion euros at the auction, at the lowest yields yet for the 3-year and 5-year paper. Spain has now raised around 28.5 percent of its 2015 issuance target. ...

Euro weak near 11 1/2 year low as ECB's QE plan awaited LONDON: The euro hovered near a 11-1/2 year low against the dollar on Thursday as investors waited for the European Central Bank to announce more details of its massive bond-buying programme. The euro fell to $1.1026 in Asia, its lowest since early September 2003. It last traded at $1.1060, down 0.15 percent on the day, barely reacting to the ECB's decision to keep interest rates unchanged.The euro has lost 8.5 percent this year as investors ...

Croatia to auction 1.3bn HRK of T-bills on March 10 ZAGREB: Croatia will offer treasury bills worth 1.3 billion kuna ($188.49 million) at an auction on March 10, the same amount offered this week, the Finance Ministry said on Thursday. The ministry will offer 100 million kuna in three-month bills, 200 million kuna in six-month bills and 1.0 billion kuna in one-year bills. In this week's auction Croatia sold treasury bills just above target and investors were largely focused on the bill of the longest, ...

Spain sells 5bn euros in bonds at record low yields MADRID: Spain sold 5 billion euros ($5.52 billion) of debt at a triple bond sale on Thursday, hitting record low yields as the European Central Bank unleashes a government bond buying programme.The Treasury sold more than its planned mid-range target of between 4 billion and 5 billion euros at the auction, at the lowest yields yet for the 3-year and 5-year paper. Spain has now raised around 24 percent of its 2015 issuance target.The shorter-dated ...

France attracts firm demand, low yields at bond auction PARIS: France saw firm investor demand for its long-term bonds and low yields at an auction on Thursday ahead of the release by the European Central Bank of details about its bond-buying programme.The Agence France Tresor public debt agency said it sold 8.497 billion euros ($9.38 billion) of 8-, 10- and 15-year bonds, with investors putting total bids worth 15.168 billion euros.AFT sold 2.427 billion euros of its 10-year benchmark bond at an average yield ...


 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyMarch
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln