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Rating upgrade pushes Irish yields below 2pc LONDON: Irish 10-year bond yields fell to a record low below 2 percent on Monday after Fitch became the second of the three main credit agencies to give the country an A rating for the first time since before its international bailout. Yields on top-rated German Bunds inched higher after Russia said some progress has been achieved during talks with European powers on Sunday on ways to end the military conflict in Ukraine.But they remained close to their record lows below 1 percent as uncertainty in the region remained high. Ireland's upgrade took its ratings to A minus from BBB plus, with the agency citing a continued improvement in the country's finances over the last year.The move follows a similar rating action by Standard & Poor's in June.The move does not trigger forced buying from investors tracking ratings-based bond indices. But it reinforces the improved sentiment towards the country since ...

Bund yields hug 1 percent on weak euro zone outlook LONDON: German Bund yields held near their record lows around 1 percent on Friday, with investors increasingly betting the ECB will ease monetary policy further to lift a stagnating economy struggling with low inflation. Data showed on Thursday the euro zone economy failed to grow in the second quarter even before the sanctions the West and Russia imposed on each other over the conflict in Ukraine started to bite. Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a ...
Growth scare kicks German 10-year yields below 1 pct for first time LONDON: German 10-year bond yields briefly traded below 1 percent for the first time on Thursday as the euro zone's economic recovery stalled in the second quarter, bolstering bets for fresh stimulus from the European Central Bank.Spanish and French bond yields also plumbed record lows as the bloc's grim growth outlook increased pressure on the ECB to eventually print money to support an economy bracing for the impact of tit-for-tat sanctions between the West and ...
Euro yields at record lows as economy falters; stocks up LONDON: Bond yields dropped to record lows across the euro zone on Thursday and the euro hovered near its weakest in nine months after Germany reported its economy shrank in the second quarter, fuelling expectations of more central bank stimulus. The chance of more action from the European Central Bank helped equity markets to recoup some of their early losses. So did remarks by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said his country did not want ...
UK gilt yields pressured by new BoE outlook, weak euro zone data  LONDON: The 10-year gilt yield fell to its lowest level in more than a year on Thursday as the market digested new forecasts from the Bank of England, while poor euro zone data also boosted British government bond prices.The 10-year gilt yield hit its lowest level since Aug. 5 last year at 2.392 percent, shortly after both French and German data indicated that economic growth in the euro zone had stalled.It was last down around ...
Bund yields near record low on strong German auction, weak economy LONDON: Bund yields remained within touching distance of record lows on Wednesday, with a 10-year debt auction suggesting strong underlying demand for German paper due to a dim economic outlook and rising expectations of more monetary easing.German 10-year yields rose before the auction as traders made room for the new paper, but retreated immediately after the 3.3 billion euro sale. Bids were 1.6 times the amount that was sold, a similar result as at July's ...
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 ...


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