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US bond yields fall after jump on Fed rate signal NEW YORK: US Treasuries yields fell on Friday as some appetite for bonds returned after investors scrambled for stocks and other risky assets on the view the US Federal Reserve might raise interest rates in 2015 but do so slowly.Benchmark yields declined from one-week highs as bargain-minded traders reckoned that two days of selling and exit of flattener trades or bets that shorter-term rates would rise faster than longer-term rates were overdone.On Wednesday, the Fed said it would be "patient" on the timing of a rate hike, depending on domestic growth and inflation, both of which have been running below average.In response to the somewhat dovish signal, the Standard & Poor's 500 index had gained 4.5 percent in two days. It also bolstered junk bonds and stabilized oil prices that fell to 5-1/2 year lows earlier this week."The market overshot. It is just stabilizing after two days of sitting near ...

US bond yields rise as Fed shades toward rate hike NEW YORK: US Treasuries yields rose on Wednesday after the US Federal Reserve tweaked its message on interest rates, saying that while it was in no hurry to raise them, it will monitor data on growth and inflation to decide on the timing of such a move.Trading in the bond market swung wildly after the release of the latest policy statement from the Federal Open Market Committee after its two-day meeting."Based on its current assessment, ...
Yield curve flattest in six years as rate hike expectations rise NEW YORK: The US Treasuries yield curve flattened to a six-year low on Monday after a surprisingly strong November employment report boosted expectations of an interest rate increase next year.US employers added the largest number of workers in almost three years last month and wage gains accelerated, a sign of economic strength that could draw the Federal Reserve closer to raising rates.Short and intermediate-date notes are the most sensitive to a rate increase and dramatically ...
Prices steady ahead of ECB, US jobs data NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices steadied after two days of losses and were little changed on Wednesday as debt traders awaited possible monetary policy shifts by European central bankers and a key report on American unemployment. Treasuries traded tightly, with the yield on 30-year bonds hovering around 3 percent. "The market is pretty much in lockdown mode," said Eric Green, head of US rates and research at TD Securities in New York. "The market is ...
C$ firms after more upbeat Bank of Canada statement TORONTO: The Canadian dollar strengthened on Wednesday after the Bank of Canada said the country's economic recovery is broadening, while it cautioned that plunging oil prices are a risk and that the global economy is still struggling.The central bank, which held its policy rate unchanged at 1 percent as expected, noted that the impact of stronger Canadian exports was beginning to show in increased business investment and more jobs, but that lower prices for oil ...
C$ weakens as falling oil prices outweigh robust GDP data TORONTO: The Canadian dollar fell sharply against the US dollar on Friday as tumbling US crude prices was the dominant driver for the currency, overshadowing higher-than-expected third-quarter Canadian growth figures.Crude oil prices hit a fresh four-year low following OPEC's decision on Thursday to keep current production levels unchanged, a move market participants said would leave oil markets oversupplied.US crude, in particular, was down nearly 6 percent from Wednesday's finish. US financial markets were closed on ...
US yields drop on weak US data, low euro zone rates NEW YORK: Benchmark US Treasury yields hit their lowest levels in over a month on Wednesday, while long-dated yields hit more than one-month lows for a second straight day on weaker-than-expected US economic data and continued low yields in Europe. A disappointing batch of US data underpinned the bid for safe-haven Treasuries.Analysts said the data gave the US Federal Reserve more reason to keep interest rates low and that the impact was pronounced given low ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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