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Euro zone bond yields edge up as ECB QE details eyed LONDON: Most euro zone bond yields bounced off record lows on Tuesday as investors waited for the European Central Bank to provide more details of its trillion euro quantitative easing (QE) programme later this week.The pause in the rally that drove Italian, Spanish and Portuguese yields to fresh record lows was expected to be temporary, with underlying market sentiment remaining firm before the QE programme kicks off this month."D-day is drawing near," said ING strategist Martin van Vliet, expecting more details on the breakdown and procedure of asset purchases.In an otherwise light data schedule on Tuesday, unexpectedly strong German retail sales provided further evidence that growth is picking up in the bloc's largest economy. This gave a boost to stock markets, while safer fixed-income assets flatlined.German 10-year yields, the euro zone benchmark, were up 1 basis point at 0.37 percent, off a low of 0.28 percent hit last week.Italian and ...

Gilts fall after weakest demand at gilt auction since June 2013 LONDON: British government bond prices fell sharply on Tuesday and underperformed against German debt after the weakest gilt auction demand since June 2013. Gilt yields jumped after investors offered bids worth only 1.35 times the amount on offer at an auction of 3.5 billion pounds ($5.38 billion) of the benchmark five-year gilt - the weakest demand since June 20 2013. "It's pretty disappointing. The market was anticipating a pretty comfortable reception," RIA Capital fixed income ...
Mexico to raise 2.5bn from 2024 and 2045 bonds LONDON: The United Mexican States has launched a 2.5bn dual tranche 2024 and 2045 bond issue, according to a lead. The deal is split equally between a 1.25bn 2024 note that will price at mid-swaps plus 110bp, and a 1.25bn bond that will price at mid-swaps plus 190bp. Mexico began marketing the 2024 note at mid-swaps plus 135bp area today, before revising guidance to 125bp area. The longer tranche was offered to investors at 205bp ...
UK gilt prices extend rally into 2nd day after Yellen comments LONDON: British government bond prices hit their highest level in a week on Wednesday, extending a rally fuelled by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen's suggestion that the central bank was in no rush to raise interest rates. The 10-year gilt yield reached a low of 1.688 percent, its lowest level since last Wednesday, and at 1540 GMT was down 6 basis points on the day at 1.70 percent. Thirty-year gilt yields fell to a two-week ...
Russian Finance Minister sells 10bn roubles of OFZ bonds, average yield 13.5pc MOSCOW: Russia's Finance Ministry sold 10 billion roubles ($160 million) of OFZ treasury bonds at auction on Wednesday at an average yield of 13.5 percent.The OFZ bonds mature in January 2020. It was the second week in a row that the Finance Ministry sold all of the bonds on offer, reflecting stronger demand.The ministry has seen better bids at its weekly bond auctions recently after being forced to cancel many auctions last year due to ...
Gilts track US Treasuries higher after Fed's Yellen speaks LONDON: British government bond prices rose strongly on Tuesday, tracking U.S. Treasuries higher after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen suggested it could be months before the U.S. central bank raises interest rates.At 1633 GMT the 10-year gilt yield was down around 4 basis points on the day at 1.76 percent, wiping out Monday's rise, with much of the move following Yellen's testimony to U.S. politicians.The Fed boss said her policy-setting commmitee would start to consider ...
Ukraine bonds fall to 40 cents in dollar as sell-off grips LONDON: Russian and Ukrainian sovereign bonds sold off heavily on Monday, with the latter now trading around 40 cents in the dollar as continued fighting in eastern Ukraine raised fears for both credits.The violence, and sanctions imposed for Russia's role in it, have exacerbated economic problems caused by falling oil prices, with Moody's cutting Russia's rating to junk late on Friday.In Ukraine, the fighting is pushing the domestic economy deeper into recession and is delaying ...

 



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