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France to sell 7.5-8.5bn euros of long-term debt at auction PARIS: France will sell 7.5 billion-8.5 billion euros of long-term bonds in its first such auction of the new year on Jan 9, the Agence France Tresor debt management agency said. AFT said on Friday it will offer its 2.5 percent bond maturing October 2010, its 2.25 percent May 2024 bond and its 4.0 percent April 2060 bond. The agency's first medium and index-lined bond auction of the new year is scheduled for Jan. 23.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Bunds fall as investors bet on improved 2014 economy LONDON: German Bund futures fell on Thursday as investors dumped top-rated bonds in favour of riskier assets, betting on a further pick-up in global economic growth in 2014. Bund futures were last 33 ticks lower at 138.84, having hit their lowest since September 2013 at 138.68 minutes after the market opened. "The bearish tone (in Bunds) persists for now," one trader said. Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...
Ten-year gilt yields rise to highest since mid-2011 LONDON: Ten-year gilt yields hit their highest since July 2011 on Friday, playing catch-up with Treasuries as investors bet faster growth in the UK and the United States would lead to earlier interest rate rises than previously assumed. A fall in US jobless claims and a rise in retail sales on Thursday prompted a rise in Treasury yields when UK markets were closed. Ten-year gilt yields rose as high as 3.027 percent according to Reuters ...
German yields hover around two-month highs on upbeat US outlook LONDON: German bond yields traded around two-month highs on Monday as an increasingly upbeat US economic outlook underpinned riskier European shares at the expense of safe-haven bonds. The International Monetary Fund predicts the US economy would expand at a faster pace next year, given positive economic data and some signs of compromise in Congress, the head of the Washington-based lender said on Sunday. The comments come after an upward revision to US growth data on ...
German Bunds steady after Fed announces stimulus cut LONDON: German Bunds opened steady on Thursday after the Federal Reserve offset news it would start scaling back its monthly bond-buying stimulus programme by $10 billion by signalling its key interest rate would stay low for longer. Chairman Ben Bernanke said the US central bank may continue to reduce purchases steadily, suggesting that quantitative easing could end by around the end of 2014. But he also said the Fed will probably keep the federal funds ...
German debt rises on plans to cut 2014 issuance LONDON: German bonds rose on Wednesday after news that Germany plans to cut debt issuance to the lowest level since 2007 next year but gains were limited as investors awaited a key U.S. Federal Reserve decision.Excluding inflation-linked debt, Germany plans to issue 205 billion euros of debt next year, down from 247 billion euros this year. The government plans to cut new borrowing to 6 billion euros in 2014 - its lowest level in 40 ...
Ukraine dollar bonds surge LONDON: Ukrainian dollar bonds surged on Tuesday after Russia said it would buy $15 billion worth of upcoming Ukrainian Eurobonds, allaying investor fears that the country would run out of hard cash. "If this is a one-off, it is a big one and will bolster FX reserves likely doubling reserves," Tim Ash, an emerging markets strategist at Standard Bank, said in a client note. Ukraine's foreign exchange reserves fell nearly $2 ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,408.54 0.10
Arrow Nasdaq 4,095.52 0.23
Arrow S&P 1,864.85 0.14
Arrow FTSE 6,625.25 0.62
Arrow DAX 9,409.71 0.99
Arrow CAC-40 4,431.81 0.59
Arrow Nikkei 14,516.27 0.68
Arrow H.Seng 22,760.24 0.28
Arrow Sensex 22,628.84 1.58

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Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
Trade Balance $-1.433 bln
Exports $2.167 bln
Imports $3.600 bln
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Reserves $9.713 bln