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German bond yields edge up ahead of Ifo business sentiment data LONDON: German bond yields opened a fraction higher on Wednesday as investors tentatively awaited the latest indication of business sentiment in the euro zone's largest economy.Markets expect a modest fall in Germany's Ifo reading for September, due at 0800 GMT, which is being closely watched after data showed a decline in the country's manufacturing sector on Tuesday, adding to an erosion of inflation expectations. This slump in economic indicators, allied with a weak take up for the ECB's new set of emergency loans last week, has raised the prospect that the European Central Bank (ECB) will have to resort to other measures to kickstart the recovery. Some strategists say without any improvement in the growth outlook, the ECB will soon have to start buying government bonds in a broad-based asset purchase programme known as quantitative easing (QE). "The main knockout for sovereign QE would be a pick-up in nominal growth," ...

Spain sells 4.1bn euros in short-term debt, yields edge higher MADRID: Spanish short-term debt yields inched higher from record lows in August at auction on Tuesday, against a backdrop of weak growth expectations which are seen pushing the European Central Bank to approve more stimulus measures. The Treasury sold 4.1 billion euros ($5.28 billion) of 3- and 9-month T-bills, beating the top end of its target of between 3 billion and 4 billion euros. The 3-month bill sold 995 million euros at an average yield ...
Euro zone bond yields fall as markets brace for lacklustre data LONDON: Euro zone bond yields fell slightly on Tuesday before the release of region-wide business surveys that are expected to keep pressure on the European Central Bank to deliver more stimulus. Purchasing managers' indexes across the euro zone are likely to confirm the euro zone's economic recovery is weak and unable to fuel inflation back to the ECB's target of close to 2 percent from near zero levels. Speaking to the economic and monetary affairs ...
French bonds outperform after dodging Moody's ratings downgrade LONDON: French bonds outperformed most of their euro zone peers on Monday after Moody's spared the region's second largest economy from a fresh credit rating downgrade even though Paris has overrun its deficit targets. The French government's admission last week that it would take longer than planned to cut its deficit as agreed with European partners had prompted speculation in the market and in the press that a one-notch downgrade was all but inevitable. Moody's ...
German bond futures rally as weaker equities lift safe-haven debt LONDON: German Bund futures jumped on Monday as a retreat in stocks on expectations of soft Chinese manufacturing data spurred flows into safe-haven government bonds.Flash manufacturing PMI readings from China, the world's second biggest economy, could come in below the 50 level early on Tuesday, traders said, indicating that manufacturing activity is contracting."The Asian markets are weak so it looks to be a risk-off day and a continuation of the Bund rally that started last ...
German bonds see-saw after tame TLTRO raises QE question LONDON: German bonds see-sawed on Thursday as investors weighed up whether a tepid response to the ECB's new long-term loans would prompt the central bank to find new ways to revive the region's ailing economy.Yields initially rose just after European markets opened, reacting to projections of steeper rate rises from the U.S. Federal Reserve. They fell after the ECB announced it would provide 82.6 billion euros of new long-term loans to banks, much less than ...
Spanish yields dip as polls show narrow lead for ‘No’ vote in Scotland LONDON: Spanish bond yields edged down on Wednesday after new opinion polls on Scotland's independence referendum, closely watched in Catalonia, showed a narrow lead for those supporting staying in the United Kingdom.Bond yields fell across the euro zone as investors expected some of the long-term loans the European Central Bank offers this week to be invested in government debt, at least for a time.But the fact that Spain kept up with its peers despite investors ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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