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Yields stay low on waning inflation NEW YORK: US government debt prices rose on Monday on news of weaker-than-expected home resales in March and the implications of waning inflation.Slower inflation causes real interest rates to rise and leaves the door open for the Federal Reserve to continue its large-scale purchases of bonds and even to increase them.Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley told a conference on transatlantic economic interdependence on Monday that the US central bank's stimulative asset-purchase program has been "as high or higher than" he originally expected and the costs have been "the same or lower."Last week, the government reported that US consumer prices fell in March for the first time in four months. In the 12 months through March, consumer prices rose just 1.5 percent."Lower yields reflect a smaller inflation-risk premium," said Zach Pandl, strategist at Columbia Management.Low inflation, combined with other data indicating that economic growth faltered at the ...

Prices gain as stock slump spurs safety bid NEW YORK: Prices for US Treasuries gained on Wednesday as sinking stock prices spooked investors into scooping up safe-haven government debt.Major US stock indexes posted losses of more than 1 percent, a third straight session of swings of that magnitude.Commodities were sinking similarly on Wednesday, with Brent crude oil below $99 per barrel on expectations that slower economic growth will lessen demand for oil."As soon as the buying direction came from the Weidmann comments this ...
US bond prices rise, though Japanese bids elusive NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices rose on Thursday as a three-day rise in yields lured investors to buy government debt both on the open market and at a $13 billion auction of 30-year bonds, the final part of this week's $66 billion in longer-dated supply.Thursday's 30-year bond sale fetched lukewarm demand, and the data of all three auctions this week suggested that an anticipated surge in US bond demand from Japanese banks, insurers and pension ...
US bonds rally on Japan's move, job worries NEW YORK: The US Treasury debt market rallied on Thursday as investors sought higher-yielding dollar assets after the Bank of Japan said it would step up asset purchases to boost its economy, sending Japanese bond yields to record lows.A surprise jump in domestic jobless claims undermined recent optimism about an improving labor market and fueled bets the Federal Reserve would cling to its own large-scale asset purchase program this year to cut unemployment, analysts said.The ...
Prices for US Treasuries add to losses after jobless claims NEW YORK: Prices for US Treasuries added to losses on Thursday after better-than-expected data on jobless claims.Thirty-year bonds fell 13/32 to yield 3.174 percent after the data. The benchmark 10-year note slipped 7/32 to yield 1.964 percent.The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell to a seasonally adjusted 340,000 last week, suggesting a pick-up in the labor market recovery. Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...
US Fed buys $15bn of mortgage bonds, sells none           NEW YORK: The Federal Reserve bought $15.0 billion of agency mortgage-backed securities Feb. 14-20, less than the $20.6 billion it bought in the prior week, the New York Federal Reserve Bank said on Thursday.   The US central bank sold no mortgage securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or the Government National Mortgage Association, or Ginnie Mae, in the latest week. It sold $1.8 billion the previous week, the New York Fed said on its Website.   On ...
US 10 year notes firmer but yield stays above 2pc        SINGAPORE: US 10-year Treasuries inched higher in Asia on Thursday, but its gains were limited even as weakness in equities stirred some safe haven bids for bonds.   - Ten-year notes edged up 1/32 in price to yield roughly 2.007 percent, steady from late US trade on Wednesday.   - US Treasuries had risen on Wednesday as a fall in stock prices rekindled investors' appetite for less risky assets.   The S&P 500 index posted its biggest one-day fall in three ...

 



 
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Foreign Debt $60.9bn
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