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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 ...

Yields increase after personal income data affirms US growth NEW YORK: US Treasury yields rose on Monday after data showed that personal income rose in January, reducing some fears that the US economic growth is slowing.Personal income rose by 0.3 percent in January though personal consumption fell by 0.2 percent, the US Commerce Department said.Some economists had expected the number would be dragged down by a drop in medical care costs."There were some concerns that weaker medical readings would pass through to weaker PCE ...
Prices turn lower on possible Greek agreement NEW YORK: US Treasury debt prices reversed early gains and turned lower on Wednesday after a news report that Greece had reached an agreement in principle with euro zone countries over its finances. The benchmark 10-year Treasury, which was up in earlier trading, was last off 8/32 and yielding 2.021 percent after touching a high yield for the session in late trading of 2.028 percent. CNBC reported late on Wednesday that an agreement in principle ...
Venezuela bonds tumble as investors spurn new forex system CARACAS/NEW YORK: Venezuela's dollar-denominated bonds tumbled on Wednesday after the government announced a new foreign exchange platform that was seen as insufficient to resolve an economic crisis and ease fears of a possible bond default. The OPEC nation on Tuesday unveiled a new free-floating currency platform called Simadi, the third system in a three-tier exchange control mechanism meant to bolster state coffers. Venezuela faces a potential gap in funding in 2015 given what it owes ...
US municipal bond yields up sharply NEW YORK: Benchmark US municipal bond prices fell on Friday, lifting yields as much as 7 basis points after a report showed that the US job market grew solidly in January and wages rebounded strongly. Yields on AAA-rated muni bonds in the 2023-2025 maturity rose 5-7 basis points, according to a preliminary scale read from Municipal Market Data (MMD), a unit of Thomson Reuters. Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
US bond prices fall with eyes on Greece before payrolls NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices fell on Thursday as traders pared bond holdings ahead of the January payrolls report, though market losses were limited due to tension between Greece and its euro zone partners in their debt negotiation.Another solid payroll reading, coupled with a possible rebound in wage growth, will likely revive views that the Federal Reserve might consider raising interest rates as early as this summer, analysts and traders said."Right now it's to be ...
US yields jump on Greece hopes, weak JGB sale NEW YORK: US Treasuries yields rose on Tuesday as hopes Greece could strike a new debt deal and poor demand at a Japanese government debt sale spurred broad selling in high-rated government bonds.Benchmark yields were on track for their biggest one-day jump in six weeks. On Monday, Greece's new government dropped calls for a write-off of its foreign debt and proposed ending a standoff with its official creditors by swapping the debt for growth-linked bonds.Meanwhile, ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
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