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Portuguese yields fall on credit rating upgrade hopes LONDON: Portuguese bond yields fell on Friday on expectations that credit rating agency Fitch will lift the country back to investment grade after it successfully exited its international bailout last year. Fitch will decide after the market closes whether to upgrade Portugal from its current rating of BB+, the highest sub-investment grade category. Portuguese bonds outperformed most euro zone peers, with analysts saying investors were already positioning for a positive outcome given the economy's continuing recovery. Ten-year yields were down 3 basis points at 1.77 percent, having hit a low of 1.75 percent earlier. Spanish and Italian equivalents a touch higher at 1.32 percent and 1.35 percent, respectively."We could see Portugal moved up to investment grade later today and that could produce a bit of forced buying from index trackers or some accounts may have to up their Portugal exposure. That could also help the peripheral in general," said Commerzbank ...

German yields waver as investors balance Saudi scare with oil surge LONDON: Investors took refuge in German bonds on Thursday after Saudi Arabia launched air strikes in Yemen but analysts said a further fall in yields was capped by the prospect of an inflation-boosting oil price rise.Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies launched military operations in Yemen on Thursday, officials said, to counter Iran-allied forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the U.S.-backed Yemeni president had taken refuge.Yemen's slide towards civil war has made it ...
Gilt yields soar as markets rethink BoE rate hike bets LONDON: British government bond yields surged on Thursday as upbeat economic data and comments from Bank of England policymakers prompted investors to bring forward their bets on when the central bank is likely to start raising interest rates.Five-year British government bond yields rose by the largest margin in almost seven weeks.The benchmark five-year gilt yield, which is particularly sensitive to changes in policy rate expectations over the medium term, jumped 9 basis points to 1.21 ...
German yields fall as investors see persistently low US inflation LONDON: German bond yields fell on Wednesday as core government debt was buoyed by investors betting that continued low U.S. inflation might deter the Federal Reserve from hiking rates until later this year.There was little market reaction to a closely watched survey on German business sentiment that provided further signs the euro zone's largest economy could be gaining momentum.German 10-year yields, the benchmark for euro zone borrowing costs, were down 2 basis points at 0.22 ...
German bonds catch up with US market rally on low inflation bets LONDON: German bond yields fell on Wednesday, catching up with a rally in U.S. Treasuries overnight as investors bet low inflation was likely to persist and might deter the Federal Reserve from hiking rates until later this year.There was little market reaction to a closely watched survey on German business sentiment that provided further signs the euro zone's largest economy could be gaining momentum.German 10-year yields, which set the benchmark for euro zone borrowing costs, ...
Spanish bond yields lag as investors queue up for rare linker LONDON: Spanish yields lagged a broad rally in euro zone bonds on Tuesday as investors queued up for a rare sale of inflation-linked debt from the country.Traders said the underperformance was because investors had sold bonds in secondary markets to make room in their portfolios for the new linker, debt soon to be eligible for European Central Bank purchases and inclusion in major bond indices.Interest in the new deal topped 4 billion euros, Thomson Reuters' ...
ECB says it bought 26.3bn euros of bonds in 10 days FRANKFURT: The European Central Bank said Monday it has bought 26.3 billion euros ($28.7 billion) worth of bonds under its controversial quantitative easing programme within the first 10 days.At the same time, ECB President Mario Draghi told a hearing of the European Parliament's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs in Brussels that the central bank was "on track" to meet its stated goal of a total 60 billion euros in bond purchases per month."On March ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJanuary
Trade Balance $-999 mln
Exports $2.064 bln
Imports $3.063 bln
WeeklyMarch 13, 2015
Reserves $16.273 bln