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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 volumes ahead of the US Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday. "(The data) reinforces that view that the Fed won't be tightening anytime soon," said David Coard, head of fixed income sales and trading at Williams Capital Group in New York. The Commerce Department said consumer spending increased 0.2 percent last month, while non-defense capital goods orders, excluding aircraft, declined 1.3 percent. The results were below economists' expectations, according to Reuters polls. The Labor Department said US ...

US yields hold near session highs after BoJ move NEW YORK: US Treasuries yields held near their session highs in early US trading on Friday in the aftermath of the Bank of Japan's stunning move to expansion of its asset-purchase program in an effort to boost its economy. The central bank of the world's third biggest economy decided to increase the pace at which it expands base money to about 80 trillion yen ($726 billion) per year. Previously, the BOJ targeted an annual increase ...
US bond prices edge up on weak data, Brazilian election NEW YORK: US Treasury debt prices inched higher on Monday in a safe-haven bid on concerns about weak US economic data and the steep drop in Brazil's stock market following the re-election of incumbent leftist Dilma Rousseff. Economic data on the world's largest economy wobbled again on Monday, as a slowing in the US services sector and a less-than-expected rise in pending home sales lifted US bond prices. US government 30-year bond yields, which move ...
US bond yields rise as data soothes jitters NEW YORK: US Treasuries yields rose on Thursday to their highest levels in over a week as domestic and overseas data reduced jitters about a year-end slowdown in the global economy, paring safe-haven demand for low-risk government debt. Benchmark yields were on track to rise for a third straight session above 2.50 percent as the US Labor Department said continued jobless claims fell to 2.35 million in the week ended Oct. 11, which was the ...
High-yield issuers set to jump on post-Fed rally NEW YORK: High-yield issuers are expected to jump on the rally in spreads sparked by Wednesday's announcement that the Fed will keep interest rates at zero for a "considerable time" to come. Some market participants expected the central bank to alter rates guidance on the back of improving economic data, but the central bank saw significant slack in the jobs market. That signaled rates are not about to rise sharply, as some had feared, leading ...
Prices drop as Fed rate forecasts worry traders NEW YORK: US Treasury debt prices fell on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve kept in place near-zero interest rates and other ultra-loose US monetary policies meant to boost economic growth.After surrendering early gains spurred by unexpectedly tame US inflation data, Treasury prices turned negative as Fed policymakers issued economic assessments and a policy statement after a two-day meeting in Washington.The Fed pleased many investors by pledging to keep policies accommodative for a "considerable time" but ...
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 ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2013


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlySeptember
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln