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US bonds get safety bid before debt ceiling battle NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices rose on Tuesday, drawing a safety bid from weaker stock prices and from a prospective battle in Washington over the government's borrowing limit, and support from large debt purchases by the Federal Reserve.   A refusal by Congress to raise the debt ceiling would raise the risk that the United States would default on its debt by the spring. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke urged lawmakers on Monday to lift the country's borrowing limit to avoid a debt default that would put the economy at risk.   Weaker stock prices, as world stock markets stalled near 18-month highs, also fed the bid for safe-haven US debt.   "There's a little bit of a risk off trade," said Thomas Graff, fixed-income portfolio manager at Brown Advisory in Baltimore, Maryland. "It looks like stocks are reacting negatively to the wrangling over the US debt ceiling so Treasuries are higher."   The likelihood of the US not ...

Bonds steady as fresh budget battle looms  LONDON: US Treasuries stabilised in Europe on Thursday as investors focused on fresh US political battles in coming weeks over spending cuts, halting a sell-off that followed a deal to avoid sharp tax hikes.   US benchmark 10-year T-note yields were last at 1.837 percent, unchanged from late New York levels. The yields retreated slightly away from a 3-month high of 1.86 percent reached on Wednesday as bonds sold off after US lawmakers reached a deal to ...
US stock index futures surge on fiscal deal PARIS: US stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street on Wednesday after lawmakers passed a bill preventing huge tax hikes and spending cuts that had threatened to push the economy into recession.   Futures for the S&P 500 were up 1.7 percent, Dow Jones futures were up 1.2 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures up 1.3 percent at 1103 GMT.   The House of Representatives voted for a bill passed on Monday by the Senate that ...
US bond prices slip in somnolent trading  NEW YORK: U.S. government debt prices slipped on Monday as most traders moved to the sidelines before Christmas and given the absence of a US budget deal that averts a package of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts going into effect next year.   Analysts downplayed the day's price moves as signals of shifts in market sentiment.   There was little impetus for investors to change their bond positions without fresh US economic data or the Federal Reserve buying ...
US 10 year yields hold near 3 week lows on Fed hopes  LONDON: US benchmark Treasury yields held near three-week lows on Thursday with no sign of an imminent breakthrough in budget talks to avert a sharp fiscal tightening that could undermine the economic recovery.   Although many investors expect political leaders in Washington to eventually reach a deal to avert a fiscal contraction early next year as spending cuts kick in and tax cuts expire, there was no sign of progress in talks on Wednesday.   The 10-year T-notes last ...
US 30-year bond extends gain to one point  NEW YORK: US 30-year Treasury bonds extended an early price gain to one point on Monday as investors sought safety amid concern about possible US fiscal contraction in 2013 and the euro zone.   The 30-year bond, which had been up more than 3/4 of a point, extended that gain to a point, allowing its yield to ease to 2.78 percent from 2.83 percent late on Friday.   Copyright Reuters, 2012 ...
US bonds slip but fiscal worries limit losses  LONDON: US Treasuries slipped on Thursday as some investors pocketed profits after a sharp rally over the past week, but fears of a fiscal crisis was likely to keep underlying demand firm.   The yield on 10-year notes stood at 1.61 percent in European trade, up 2 basis points from late US levels and above a 10-week low of 1.572 percent hit on Tuesday.   If the White House and a divided Congress do not produce a deal on ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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WeeklyJanuary 25, 2015
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