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Bonds gain on QE3 stimulus speculation  NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices rose on Tuesday as traders anticipated hints from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke later this week of possible further monetary stimulus to help the economy. Bets on a third round of "quantitative easing" through large-scale bond purchases, nicknamed QE3, pushed benchmark yields to three-week lows earlier on Tuesday after they touched a three-month high last week. "It appears likely that the market will be spending the fall with a significant probability of QE3 priced in," said Hans Mikkelsen, credit strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York. News that Spain's most economically vital region Catalonia was requesting aid and fears the euro zone's fourth biggest economy might soon need a full-blown bailout also fed safe-haven bids for US government debt, traders and analysts said. Benchmark 10-year notes were trading 8/32 higher in price to yield 1.63 percent, down from 1.65 percent late Monday, while 30-year bonds were ...

Long bonds gain a point in price  NEW YORK: US 30-year Treasury bonds gained a point in price on Monday as investors focused on whether Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will hint at a third round of bond purchases in a highly anticipated speech on Friday. The long bond's yield fell to 2.76 percent from 2.80 percent late on Friday. Copyright Reuters, 2012 ...
Bonds rise on growing bets Fed will ease  NEW YORK: US government debt prices rose on Thursday as traders piled on bets on more stimulus from the Federal Reserve, whose minutes from its policy meeting showed action might be imminent in a bid to reduce unemployment. Weaker Chinese factory data and worries about a review of Greece's finances also spurred safe-haven bids for bonds. Benchmark yields fell to their lowest levels in more than a week after touching a three-month high earlier this week. "It's ...
US bonds rally in Europe after weak Chinese data  LONDON: US government bonds rose sharply in Europe on Friday as investors snapped up safe-haven assets after below-forecast Chinese trade data fuelled worries about a slowdown in the world's second largest economy. China's exports grew 1.0 percent year-on-year in July, well below market expectations of an 8.6 percent rise, while imports grew 4.7 percent, against a 7.2 percent forecast. Benchmark 10-year T-note yields fell 5.5 basis points to 1.6420 percent, while T-note futures rose 21/64 to 133-25/32. "The ...
US 30-year bond extends gain to point  NEW YORK: The US 30-year bond extended its gain to a point on Thursday after remarks by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi disappointed investors in riskier assets and, in turn, supported safe-haven US Treasuries. The 30-year bond was up 1-4/32 in price, its yield easing to 2.54 percent from 2.60 percent late on Wednesday. Copyright Reuters, 2012 ...
Bank of Canada to auction C$3bn 27-day T-bills  TORONTO: The Bank of Canada said on Thursday it plans to sell C$3 billion ($2.97 billion) of 27-day treasury bills in a cash management auction on July 20. Copyright Reuters, 2012 ...
Bonds add gains after retail sales drop  NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices extended earlier gains on Monday after data showed US retail sales recorded a surprise 0.5 percent fall in June, reinforcing the view of a weakening overall US economy likely needing more stimulus from the Federal Reserve. Benchmark 10-year Treasury notes were up 8/32 in price at 102-19/32, doubling its earlier gain before the release of the consumer spending report. The 10-year yield was 1.46 percent, down 3 basis points from late on ...

 



 
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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