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Gilts pare losses after lower-than-expected UK services PMI LONDON: British gilt futures pared losses on Thursday after data showed activity in Britain's services sector slowed more quickly than epxected.The Markit/CIPS services purchasing managers' index (PMI) hit a three-month low of 57.7 in June, down from 58.6 in May and below a consensus forecast of 58.3 in a Reuters survey.Gilt futures were down 15 ticks on the day at 109.07 having stood around 108.99 before the data.The premium 10-year British yields offer over their German counterparts tightened one basis point to 145.5 basis point, but was not far from 147.6 hit on Wednesday - its highest since 1997.Sterling briefly touched a two-day low against the dollar after the data, down more than 20 ticks, before recovering to stand 10 pips lower against the dollar, steadying after surging to an almost six-year high a day earlier.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Euro zone bond yields rise as US jobs, ECB double act eyed LONDON: Euro zone bond yields mostly pushed higher on Thursday as investors positioned for what may be a strong non-farm payrolls report after robust private sector data pointed to a strong recovery in the US labour market.Economists expect US employers to have added 212,000 jobs in June, down slightly from 217,000 in May, according to a Reuters poll. The data will be released on Thursday at 1230 GMT because Friday is a holiday in the ...
UK gilts fall to a six-day low after strong PMI, before auction  LONDON: British government bond prices fell to a six-day low on Tuesday after a strong manufacturing release and ahead of a sale of five-year bonds.British gilt futures hit a six-day low of 109.67, 25 ticks lower on the day not long after a survey showed British manufacturing activity expanded in June at its fastest rate in seven months. Before the data, the future stood at 109.89.The UK debt agency is poised to sell 4 billion ...
Portugal yields rise on worries over Banco Espirito Santo probe LONDON: Portuguese government bond yields rose on Monday after Luxembourg's justice authorities said they had begun an investigation into three holding companies of Portugal's largest listed bank.Shares of Banco Espirito Santo plunged on Monday. Finance Minister Maria Luis Albuquerque said the bank was well-capitalised and the government saw no threat to financial stability and public accounts."Some could be selling as a hedge because they cannot sell the bank's bonds if the market is too illiquid," ...
German Bund yields approach record lows as growth outlook dims LONDON: German Bund yields edged towards all-time lows on Thursday as a weakening growth outlook for the euro zone and United States cemented the view that central banks will keep supporting their economies for a prolonged period.A second downwards revision of Q1 U.S. economic growth on Wednesday, followed by below-forecast consumer spending data on Thursday softened expectations that the Federal Reserve would reverse course on its ultra-easy monetary policy any time soon.Weak data out of ...
German Bund yields dip to lows amid conflict and ECB hopes LONDON: German Bund yields edged towards all-time lows on Thursday amid geopolitical tensions and a weakening euro zone growth outlook which cemented expectations of a prolonged period of central bank support.Conflict in Iraq and Ukraine supported the bloc's safest assets, but with borrowing costs for its weakest states still near record lows there was little evidence that investors' were closing riskier bets."The power of the ECB is very high, and the fact they can come ...
German Bund yields near 2014 lows on Iraq worries LONDON: German government bond yields fell towards their lowest levels this year on Wednesday as worries over violence in Iraq pushed investors towards assets perceived as safe havens. Sunni insurgents battled government forces for control of Iraq's biggest refinery, keeping oil prices close to $114 per barrel, with some analysts fearing a further rise could pose a risk to the global growth outlook. "It's a volatile situation in Iraq and Treasuries and Bunds benefit from ...

 



 
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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
Imports $4.338 bln
WeeklyAugust 28, 2014
Reserves $13.582 bln