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US bond prices rise on weak payrolls data NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices rose on Friday with benchmark yields falling to their lowest in about three weeks, as government data showed job growth unexpectedly slowed in December, raising some doubts about the economic recovery. The surprise setback in labor conditions also raised bets the Federal Reserve will at least not accelerate its pace of stimulus reduction that began this month, traders said. The bond market initially rallied on the news that US employers added only 74,000 workers in December, far short of the 196,000 increase forecast by analysts polled by Reuters. The market rise was mitigated by a surprise drop in the unemployment rate to 6.7 percent, which was the lowest since October 2008, although the drop stemmed partly from people leaving the workforce. The latest payrolls report also showed more than a quarter million workers stayed home due to rough winter weather across much of the country ...

US 10-year Treasury auction fetches 3.01 percent WASHINGTON: The US Treasury sold $21 billion in 10-year bonds Wednesday at a high yield of 3.01 percent, a sharp rise from 2.82 percent in December.The Treasury said 21.49 percent was allotted at the high yield.The bid-to-cover ratio was 2.68, with direct bidders taking up 13.62 percent of the issue and indirect bidders getting 46.62 percent. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
US 10-year yield at 2-year high, stocks rally NEW YORK/PARIS: US benchmark government bond yields rose above 3 percent, hitting a two-and-a-half year high on Friday, while major global equity markets extended gains to a seventh day in a broad year-end surge.The US 10-year Treasury note yield rose to a high of 3.02 percent, reflecting signs of improvement in the US economy and expectations that the Federal Reserve will steadily withdraw stimulus that kept a lid on interest rates for several years. The ...
US municipal bond market smallest in nearly four years WASHINGTON: The US municipal bond market shrank to $3.686 trillion in the third quarter of the year, the smallest since the end of 2009, from $3.721 trillion in the second quarter of the year, according to Federal Reserve data released on Monday. Households held $1.64 trillion bonds in the quarter, the lowest since the final quarter of 2006 and less than the $1.67 trillion they held in the second quarter, according to the ...
Bonds retrace earlier losses; investors mull Fed policy NEW YORK: US Treasuries yields were little changed on Friday after a strong jobs report had sent them surging to their highest since September, as investors evaluated when the Federal Reserve is likely to begin paring its bond-purchase program.US employers added 203,000 jobs in November and the jobless rate fell to a five-year low of 7.0 percent, raising expectations the Federal Reserve will begin paring its bond-purchase program in coming months.But Treasuries were volatile and ...
Prices gain as retail sales disappoint NEW YORK: US Treasuries yields fell on Friday after data showed that US retail sales rose less than expected in August, pointing to slower growth before the Federal Reserve's highly anticipated meeting next week, where it is expected to announce it will reduce its bond purchases.The White House, reacting to a report in a Japanese newspaper that Lawrence Summers would soon be named to head the Federal Reserve, said no decision had been made yet, ...
US Treasuries rout may be far from over NEW YORK: It has already been a horrid year for investors in US Treasuries - and it could easily get much worse.US government bonds ended August with their fourth straight monthly loss, down 3.43 percent on a total return basis in the four months, their worst such stretch since 1996, according to the Barclays Aggregate US Treasury Index .Yields on benchmark 10-year Treasury notes have surged by 1.29 percentage points since their low-water mark around ...

 



 
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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