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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 Western countries on pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine, prompted a sell-off in riskier assets such as equities and drove investors into the perceived safety of top-rated government bonds.The incident intensified tensions between the West and Russia, which initially flared after Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea region and expressed support for separatist rebels in the east of the country.Some in the market reckon the loss of the Malaysian jet will trigger a diplomatic solution to the worst crisis ...

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 ...
Italy pays record low yields for 15-year, 3-year bonds despite BES concerns MILAN: Italy paid record low yields to sell 15-year and 3-year bonds at auction on Friday as persistently abundant liquidity appeared to overshadow financial concerns about the parent company of Banco Espirito Santo , Portugal's biggest bank. The Italian treasury managed to sell a total of 7.5 billion euros ($10.23 billion) - the top of its planned target range - as it auctioned three-year, seven-year and 15-year bonds, despite a volatile week in which bonds ...
Portuguese yields sag as BES seeks to soothe investor nerves LONDON: Portuguese bond yields fell on Friday as the country's biggest bank sought to reassure investors about its financial stability after concerns over the health of its parent company rattled financial markets this week. Investor worries about losses on loans to the parent company of Banco Espirito Santo accelerated a sell-off in Portuguese assets this week that triggered the first significant episode of contagion this year in peripheral euro zone bonds. The bonds recovered some ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
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Reserves $13.925 bln