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Euro zone yields dip as German data adds to growth concerns LONDON: Euro zone bond yields pushed lower on Tuesday after a slump in German investor morale added to concerns about the region's economic recovery, bolstering bets for further policy easing by the European Central Bank.The ZEW index showed German analyst and investor morale fell to its lowest in more than 1-1/2 years in August, as Europe's largest economy was hit by fallout from the Ukraine crisis.The survey was the latest snapshot of the impact on the region of economic sanctions between Russia and the West over the Ukraine, which analysts say will hurt an already feeble and uneven euro zone recovery.The ECB held fire at its policy meeting last week, but its President Mario Draghi cited the tensions between Russia and the West as a threat to growth in the currency bloc, leaving the door open for further supportive action."As far as markets are concerned there's been a relapse in ...

German Bund yields hold near record lows as morale survey eyed LONDON: German Bund yields stabilised near record lows on Tuesday with investors expecting a sharp fall in a closely watched survey on morale in the euro zone's biggest economy after Western nations imposed sanctions on Russia. A flight to quality that had pushed Bund yields to all-time lows last week began losing some of its steam after Russia stopped military drills on its eastern border with Ukraine.But tension began to build again with reports that ...
German yields edge up after Russia step-back, Gaza ceasefire LONDON: German bond yields bounced off record lows on Monday after Moscow said it had finished military exercises near Ukraine, while Israel and the Palestinians agreed a ceasefire, curbing flows into top-rated assets.But market moves were limited as uncertainty remained high and investors saw risks of further flare-ups.Bund futures fell 9 ticks to 149.39, with 10-year German yields rising 1 basis point to 1.06 percent, having hit a record low of 1.024 percent on Friday.Bunds, ...
Bunds fall after Russia says ends military drills near Ukraine LONDON: German Bund futures fell on Monday after Moscow said on Friday it had finished military exercises in southern Russia, curbing flows into assets perceived as safe havens. The exercises were criticised by the United States as provocative as relations between Russia and the West hit a post-Cold War low over the conflict in Ukraine between Kiev government forces and pro-Moscow separatists. Bund futures were 24 ticks lower at 149.24, with 10-year German yields rising ...
Bund yields break record again as Iraq, Ukraine fears intensify LONDON: German Bund yields dipped further into uncharted territory on Friday, hitting fresh lows for the third consecutive day, as investors turned cautious on increased tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine.The US authorised air strikes on Iraq, Palestinian militants resumed rocket fire into Israel and NATO urged Russia to pull back from the brink of war with Ukraine."Geopolitics are ruling at the moment and 'risk-off' isdominating the trading pattern," said Rainer Guntermann, a rates ...
Record low borrowing costs cannot stop Spain, Italy debt pile-up LONDON: Spanish and Italian borrowing costs have never been lower and yet, in the absence of inflation and stronger economic growth, both countries' debt levels are rising relentlessly.The problem is particularly acute in Italy, where the economy shrank again in the second quarter and where Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has led calls for greater flexibility in European budget rules to allow it to spend more.The debt pile-up, both in nominal terms and as a share ...
Russian counter-sanctions send German Bund yields to record lows LONDON: German Bund yields hit a record low on Thursday as investors fretted over the impact of Russian counter-sanctions on Europe's already fragile economic recovery, which gives the European Central Bank another problem to consider.Russia's state news agency said on Wednesday that Moscow will ban all imports of food from the United States and all fruit and vegetables from Europe. Russia is by far the biggest buyer of European fruit and vegetables.The announcement came as ...


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