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France attracts firm demand, low yields at bond auction PARIS: France saw firm investor demand for its long-term bonds and low yields at an auction on Thursday ahead of the release by the European Central Bank of details about its bond-buying programme.The Agence France Tresor public debt agency said it sold 8.497 billion euros ($9.38 billion) of 8-, 10- and 15-year bonds, with investors putting total bids worth 15.168 billion euros.AFT sold 2.427 billion euros of its 10-year benchmark bond at an average yield of 0.67 percent, up marginally from 0.61 percent when it was last auctioned in early February.The 8-year bond, a maturity popular with foreign central banks, drew a yield of 0.44 percent, and the 15-year bond attracted a yield of 0.93 percent. Comparative yields were not available as the two bonds have not recently been auctioned.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...

Croatia launches 1.5bn 10-year bond at mid-swaps plus 255bp LONDON: The Republic of Croatia has launched a 1.5bn 10-year bond at mid-swaps plus 255bp, according to a lead. This is at the tight end of the revised price guidance of plus 255bp (plus or minus 5bp) and inside initial price guidance of plus 270bp area. The deal has tightened by 32.5bp since initial price thoughts were released at plus 287.5bp area earlier today. Books reached around 6.25bn, the lead added. Barclays, Erste Bank, JP ...
Euro zone bond yields edge up as ECB QE details eyed LONDON: Most euro zone bond yields bounced off record lows on Tuesday as investors waited for the European Central Bank to provide more details of its trillion euro quantitative easing (QE) programme later this week.The pause in the rally that drove Italian, Spanish and Portuguese yields to fresh record lows was expected to be temporary, with underlying market sentiment remaining firm before the QE programme kicks off this month."D-day is drawing near," said ING strategist ...
Gilts fall after weakest demand at gilt auction since June 2013 LONDON: British government bond prices fell sharply on Tuesday and underperformed against German debt after the weakest gilt auction demand since June 2013. Gilt yields jumped after investors offered bids worth only 1.35 times the amount on offer at an auction of 3.5 billion pounds ($5.38 billion) of the benchmark five-year gilt - the weakest demand since June 20 2013. "It's pretty disappointing. The market was anticipating a pretty comfortable reception," RIA Capital fixed income ...
Mexico to raise 2.5bn from 2024 and 2045 bonds LONDON: The United Mexican States has launched a 2.5bn dual tranche 2024 and 2045 bond issue, according to a lead. The deal is split equally between a 1.25bn 2024 note that will price at mid-swaps plus 110bp, and a 1.25bn bond that will price at mid-swaps plus 190bp. Mexico began marketing the 2024 note at mid-swaps plus 135bp area today, before revising guidance to 125bp area. The longer tranche was offered to investors at 205bp ...
UK gilt prices extend rally into 2nd day after Yellen comments LONDON: British government bond prices hit their highest level in a week on Wednesday, extending a rally fuelled by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen's suggestion that the central bank was in no rush to raise interest rates. The 10-year gilt yield reached a low of 1.688 percent, its lowest level since last Wednesday, and at 1540 GMT was down 6 basis points on the day at 1.70 percent. Thirty-year gilt yields fell to a two-week ...
Russian Finance Minister sells 10bn roubles of OFZ bonds, average yield 13.5pc MOSCOW: Russia's Finance Ministry sold 10 billion roubles ($160 million) of OFZ treasury bonds at auction on Wednesday at an average yield of 13.5 percent.The OFZ bonds mature in January 2020. It was the second week in a row that the Finance Ministry sold all of the bonds on offer, reflecting stronger demand.The ministry has seen better bids at its weekly bond auctions recently after being forced to cancel many auctions last year due to ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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