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Bond yields fall as sliding oil prices hint at mild inflation NEW YORK: US intermediate- and long-dated Treasury yields hit their lowest in over two weeks on Tuesday after further declines in oil prices underscored mild inflation, while weak US economic data pointed to a more dovish Federal Reserve. The weakness in oil prices helped push yields on Treasuries maturing within five to 30 years to their lowest since March 2. Longer-dated Treasuries benefit from a lack of inflationary pressures, since inflation erodes the value of interest payouts.Brent crude slipped for a fourth straight session, falling below $53 a barrel in choppy trade, hovering near a 1-1/2-month low hit Monday. "Ongoing weakness in crude oil in the last week is friendly to the long end of the market, just as the weaker data lately is," said Lou Brien, market strategist at DRW Trading in Chicago. Data showing US housing starts tumbled 17 percent to their lowest in a year in February ...

Bond prices inch higher on potential for dovish Fed NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices edged higher on Monday on speculation the Federal Reserve could take a more cautious tone at its policy meeting this week, while low trading volume and a rally in US stocks capped gains.The policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee meets on Tuesday and Wednesday and has been widely expected to drop the word "patient" from its formal statement on the timing of its first interest rate increase since 2006. Analysts said ...
Prices lifted by surprise drop in US retail sales NEW YORK: US Treasury debt prices rose for a fourth day on Thursday, with gains accelerating after the government reported unexpectedly soft US retail sales during February. The 30-year Treasury, which this week has benefited most from relative-value investment flows caused by Europe's massive bond-buying program, was last up 19/32 and yielding 2.6534 percent after touching a low of 2.634 percent. The Commerce Department reported shortly after the start of New York trading that US ...
US sells 10-year notes to strong demand NEW YORK: The US Treasury Department on Wednesday sold $21 billion of 10-year notes amid strong demand and at a yield of 2.139 percent, higher than the 2.000 percent at a $24 billion 10-year note sale in February, Treasury data showed.The ratio of total bids to the amount offered came in at 2.65, above February's 2.62 and the highest level since December. Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
Prices off after ECB-driven rally NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices mostly eased on Wednesday, with yields rising modestly ahead of key auctions of 10-year and 30-year US debt. Some maturities were seeing yields rise for the first time since European central bankers early this week began massive bond-buying that boosts the relative value of American debt.On Wednesday, euro zone bond yields fell as the European Central Bank bought government debt across the currency union at a rate matching its trillion-euro ...
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 ...
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 ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
Reserves $18.677 bln