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Bund futures fall as Fed rate hikes expected sooner LONDON: German Bund futures fell on Thursday after Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen said the US central bank was likely to end its bond-buying programme this autumn and start raising rates around six months later. Yellen's remarks pointed to a faster route towards higher interest rates than many had expected. Bund futures last traded 40 ticks lower on the day at 142.56. Italian BTP futures fell 21 ticks to 120.59. "We're taking the lead from the US," one trader said. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Bund yields hold near eight-month lows after Crimea vote LONDON: German Bund yields held near eight-month lows on Monday, with tensions between the West and Moscow over the Crimean region's 96 percent vote in favour of joining Russia at the weekend keeping top-rated assets in demand. Western powers have said that the vote in the southern Ukrainian province, which came after Russia effectively occupied it following the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, is illegal and that they will impose sanctions on Russia.German 10-year ...
France to sell 8-9.5bn euros of medium-term bonds on March 20 PARIS: France is set to sell 7-8 billion euros of fixed-rate, medium-term bonds on March 20, and 1.0-1.5 billion euros of bonds linked on French or euro zone inflation, the Agence France Tresor debt management agency said on Friday. The fixed-rate bonds on offer are the July 2016 OAT, July 2017 OAT and May 2019 OAT. Also on offer are July 2018 and 2024 bonds linked to euro zone inflation and a July 2021 OAT ...
Spanish, Italian yields fall back to late 2005 lows LONDON: Spanish and Italian bond yields fell back to their lowest levels in nearly 8-1/2 years on Friday after a solid debt sale in Madrid this week as an improved economic outlook in the euro zone fuelled investor demand. The market was also stabilising after a sell-off in top-rated bonds on Thursday on disappointment that the European Central Bank signalled it was in no hurry to loosen monetary policy further despite ultra-low inflation. Although money ...
Ruble falls sharply in value against euro amid Crimea tension MOSCOW: The Russian ruble on Thursday fell sharply in value against the euro after Crimea's pro-Russia authorities announced they wanted to join Russia and international talks failed to reach consensus.The ruble lost value to trade 50.06 rubles to the euro at 1445 GMT, 0.5 rubles more than the closing price the day earlier, with the pressure increased by optimistic comments by ECB chief Mario Draghi earlier on the eurozone. The ruble also lost value to ...
Bonds extend relief rally, Hungary lifts auction offer BUDAPEST: Hungary sold more bonds than planned at its auction on Thursday and Central European debt rallied as diplomatic efforts to cool the crisis in Ukraine supported riskier assets.Most regional currencies and stocks also continued to recover from jitters caused by the situation in neighbouring Ukraine, the second hit to the region this year from developments in other emerging economies."Near-term price action remains largely a function of the uncertain geopolitical outlook," Raiffeisen said in a ...
Greece to auction 875mn euros of 6 month T-bills on March 4 ATHENS: Greece will auction 875 million euros ($1.20 billion) of six-month treasury bills on March 4 to refinance a maturing issue, the country's debt agency PDMA said on Friday. The settlement date will be March 7. Only primary dealers will be allowed to participate and no commission will be paid. Monthly T-bill sales are Greece's sole remaining source of market funding. Athens has a stock of about 15 billion euros of T-bills that it regularly ...


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