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German bonds steady as disinflation keeps pressure on ECB LONDON: German bond yields edged lower on Thursday as euro zone inflation fell to its lowest in nearly five years, maintaining pressure on the European Central Bank to keep monetary policy loose.The moves were contained by some expectations that a rebounding U.S. economy could encourage the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, a move that would likely impact benchmark government bonds across the globe.Releases of U.S. jobless claims and Chicago PMI later on Thursday will be watched, but the main event for the market is Friday's nonfarm payrolls, which economists predict will drop to 233,000 from 288,000 last month.A recovery in the labour market is seen as key to persuading the Fed to raise rates."The ECB is far away from tightening policy, but in the U.S. this prospect is much closer," said Piet Lammens, a strategist at KBC.Having given up some 6 basis points late Wednesday after the U.S. economy ...

German yields slip towards record lows as Ukraine conflict eyed LONDON: German bond yields dipped back towards record lows on Wednesday with conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East supporting demand for safe-haven government bonds.Benign US inflation data on Tuesday, suggesting less pressure for an early rise in interest rates by the Federal Reserve, helped keep bond yields subdued.The European Union is considering tougher sanctions against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine which escalated after the downing of a Malaysian airliner last week. These could ...
Lower-rated euro zone bond yields dip as Ukraine crisis eyed LONDON: Yields on lower-rated euro zone bonds slipped on Monday as riskier assets tentatively recovered on hopes the coming days might bring a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis after the downing of an airliner over the country last week.The fact the situation did not deteriorate over the weekend stabilised markets, though the lack of concrete developments kept price moves modest and benchmark German yields pinned near record lows.The plane crash on Thursday, blamed by ...
Spanish yields steady before bond sales in Madrid, Paris LONDON: Spanish bond yields held steady on Thursday before a debt sale seen drawing strong demand as fears recede of contagion from the financial troubles faced by the founding family of Portugal's biggest listed bank.The euro zone bond market has stabilised this week with investors more optimistic that Lisbon-listed Banco Espirito Santo will be able to deal with any exposure to problems facing companies of its founding family.Spanish and Italian bonds have traded independently of ...
Portugal one-year T-bill yield up in auction after market turmoil LISBON: Portugal sold all 1.25 billion euros in Treasury bills on offer on Wednesday, but the yield on the longer of two maturities sold rose after recent market turmoil over the exposure of the country's largest listed bank to its troubled founding family's debt.The IGCP debt agency said the average yield on 12-month bills rose to 0.453 percent from 0.364 percent at a previous auction last month. It sold 850 million euros in this maturity.The ...
Greece sells 1.625bn euros of 3-month T-bills, yield drops ATHENS: Greece sold 1.625 billion euros ($2.21 billion) of three-month treasury bills on Tuesday to roll over a maturing issue, the country's debt agency PDMA said.The T-bills were priced to yield 1.75 percent, down five basis points from 1.80 percent in a previous sale in June - the lowest funding cost since January 2010 when the debt agency sold three-month treasury paper at 1.67 percent.The sale's bid-cover ratio was 2.35, down from 2.99 in the ...
Portuguese bond yields fall after BES takes steps to reassure market LONDON: Portuguese bond yields fell further on Monday after the country's biggest bank took steps aimed at reassuring investors of its stability, calming peripheral debt markets after their first episode of contagion this year. Recent disclosures of financial irregularities at a web of family-held holding companies behind Portugal's largest listed bank, Banco Espirito Santo, had pummeled the country's stocks and bond markets.BES said last week that it had 2.1 billion euros in capital above minimum ...

 



 
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