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Gilts pare losses after lower-than-expected UK services PMI LONDON: British gilt futures pared losses on Thursday after data showed activity in Britain's services sector slowed more quickly than epxected.The Markit/CIPS services purchasing managers' index (PMI) hit a three-month low of 57.7 in June, down from 58.6 in May and below a consensus forecast of 58.3 in a Reuters survey.Gilt futures were down 15 ticks on the day at 109.07 having stood around 108.99 before the data.The premium 10-year British yields offer over their German counterparts tightened one basis point to 145.5 basis point, but was not far from 147.6 hit on Wednesday - its highest since 1997.Sterling briefly touched a two-day low against the dollar after the data, down more than 20 ticks, before recovering to stand 10 pips lower against the dollar, steadying after surging to an almost six-year high a day earlier.Copyright Reuters, 2014


Euro zone bond yields rise as US jobs, ECB double act eyed LONDON: Euro zone bond yields mostly pushed higher on Thursday as investors positioned for what may be a strong non-farm payrolls report after robust private sector data pointed to a strong recovery in the US labour market.Economists expect US employers to have added 212,000 jobs in June, down slightly from 217,000 in May, according to a Reuters poll. The data will be released on Thursday at 1230 GMT because Friday is a holiday in the ...

UK gilts fall to a six-day low after strong PMI, before auction  LONDON: British government bond prices fell to a six-day low on Tuesday after a strong manufacturing release and ahead of a sale of five-year bonds.British gilt futures hit a six-day low of 109.67, 25 ticks lower on the day not long after a survey showed British manufacturing activity expanded in June at its fastest rate in seven months. Before the data, the future stood at 109.89.The UK debt agency is poised to sell 4 billion ...

Indian bonds see biggest monthly fall in seven but gain on qtr MUMBAI: Indian government bond yields ended little-changed on Monday, ending their worst month in seven as the violence in Iraq has threatened to push up global crude oil prices and lead to a spike in domestic inflation.India imports two-thirds of its oil needs and higher global crude prices can push up the current account deficit while also increasing the government's subsidy burden and pressuring inflation higher.These concerns have stopped a rally which started in May ...

Portugal yields rise on worries over Banco Espirito Santo probe LONDON: Portuguese government bond yields rose on Monday after Luxembourg's justice authorities said they had begun an investigation into three holding companies of Portugal's largest listed bank.Shares of Banco Espirito Santo plunged on Monday. Finance Minister Maria Luis Albuquerque said the bank was well-capitalised and the government saw no threat to financial stability and public accounts."Some could be selling as a hedge because they cannot sell the bank's bonds if the market is too illiquid," ...

NZ dollar hits three-year high, Aussie buoyant WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The New Zealand dollar rose to a three-year high on Friday, benefiting from a broad chase for higher yields, while its Australian peer was a bit more circumspect ahead of its 2014 peak. Robust demand for better returns in a low global interest rate environment was evident in the debt market with Australian bonds resuming their rally.That drove the 10-year yield to a fresh one-year low at 3.549 percent. The kiwi traded at $0.8773 ...

Indian bonds fall for 2nd straight day; budget uncertainty looms MUMBAI: Indian government bonds ended down for a second straight session on Friday, as cautious investors cut large bond holdings due to uncertainty around the new government's budget and inflation concerns weighed on sentiment.The 10-year benchmark bond yield rose for a third straight week, mostly due to the Iraq crisis which has pushed up global oil prices.Traders expect yields to be range-bound until the federal budget on July 10 amidst widespread expectation that the Narendra ...


 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyAugust
Trade Balance $-1.434 bln
Exports $1.930 bln
Imports $3.364 bln
WeeklySeptember 02, 2014
Reserves $13.581 bln