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Yields rise on manufacturing data, Fed's Fischer notes on inflation NEW YORK: US Treasury yields rose on Thursday, reversing earlier bond strength, after a manufacturing survey showed economic improvement and as Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer cited rising inflation and wage pressures.Treasuries have rallied in recent weeks as a weaker-than-expected March employment report and other data pointed to slowing growth that is expected to keep the Fed on hold for longer.Investors have also been reluctant to have large exposure to the bonds, however, on the risk that yields may rise if the economy rebounds from a weak first quarter."The minute bond prices moved up, people started selling again," said interest rate strategist Jim Vogel of FTN Financial in Memphis, Tennessee.Yields began increasing after a Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank survey on Thursday showed that factory activity in the US mid-Atlantic region accelerated in April.Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer also said in an interview on CNBC that the US economy was ...


Bonds steady after weak data, ECB purchases boost demand NEW YORK: US Treasury debt prices were little changed on Wednesday, after weaker than expected economic data earlier in the day added to bets that the Federal Reserve is likely to wait longer to raise interest rates.US industrial output posted its biggest drop in more than 2-1/2 years in March in part as oil and gas well drilling plummeted, highlighting the negative impact of lower crude prices and a strong dollar on the economy."The data ...

Yields drop as retail sales miss expectations NEW YORK: US Treasury yields fell on Tuesday after data showed that retail sales rose in March at a slower pace than expected, adding to bets the Federal Reserve is unlikely to increase interest rates in June.The Commerce Department said retail sales increased 0.9 percent. Economists polled by Reuters forecast retail sales rebounding 1 percent."It's lower than consensus," said Sean Murphy, a Treasuries trader at Societe Generale in New York. "This is slightly helping to ...

Bund yields hit new record low as QE annihilates supply pressure LONDON: German 10-year Bund yields hit new lows in a broad fall in euro zone borrowing costs on Tuesday as European Central Bank buying helped markets overcome supply pressure in the busiest week of the year in terms of debt sales.The yield fell 2 bps to as low as 0.135 percent.The Netherlands sold 2.5 billion euros in five-year bonds on Tuesday. Italy sold 7.5 billion at an auction of three-, seven- and 15-year debt on ...

Bonds steady before heavy data week NEW YORK: Treasuries were steady on Monday before a busy week of data that will be scrutinized for further signs that US economic growth is slowing.Investors will focus on retail sales on Tuesday, manufacturing indicators on Wednesday and Thursday, and consumer prices and sentiment on Friday.Weaker-than-expected jobs growth in March and a more dovish Fed has added to expectations that the US central bank will wait longer before raising interest rates. Until the recent spate ...

Sri Lanka delays $1.5bn sovereign bond issue COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has delayed a $1.5 billion sovereign bond issue originally scheduled for April, the finance minister said on Friday, days after parliament rejected his bid to raise government borrowing limits ahead of national elections.Ravi Karunanayake flagged the issue in February to take advantage of lower borrowing costs to reduce outstanding commercial loans. But he said the country was not desperate for the bond issue."We have cheaper sources and enough funds... Our reserves are ...

JGBs edge up as BOJ's regular buying operation helps TOKYO: Japanese government bond prices edged up on Friday, helped by firm results from the Bank of Japan's regular debt-buying operation.The two-year yield dipped 0.5 basis point to 0.005 percent and the benchmark 10-year yield fell 1 basis point to 0.345 percent. The BOJ on Friday bought a total of 1.13 trillion yen ($9.4 billion) of JGBs at is regular buying operation, a part of its massive monetary easing scheme.The firm results from the BOJ's ...


 



 
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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%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
Reserves $18.677 bln