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Peripheral euro zone bonds rally after ECB throws kitchen sink LONDON: Peripheral euro zone government bond yields dropped close to record lows on Thursday, as the European Central Bank launched a raft of measures to fight low inflation and prop up the bloc's fragile recovery.Spanish and Italian bonds outpaced their higher-rated peers after the ECB crossed into uncharted policy waters to try to promote bank lending in some of the continent's most vulnerable economies."The big picture of all the ECB measures, as technical as they are, is definitely that it remains focused on the periphery," said David Schnautz, an interest rates strategist at Commerzbank.The ECB cut all its main rates to record lows, taking the unprecedented measure of imposing negative interest rates on overnight bank deposits.Among other measures, ECB President Mario Draghi also outlined a new long-term loan programme for banks to promote lending to small and mid-sized businesses."Markets had a shopping list and by and large that was delivered," ...

Foreign inflows to Turkish bond market $1.93bn in week to May 30 ISTANBUL: Foreign inflows into the Turkish bond market was $1.93 billion between May 26-30, Turkish central bank data showed on Thursday.Government debt securities held by foreigners reached $51.93 billion at the end of May, data showed.Foreign inflows into the Turkish forex market amounted to $505 million in the same week, reaching to $63.71 billion in total.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Poland says sells 5.0bn zlotys in bonds Thursday WARSAW: Poland's finance ministry sold a total of 4.99 billion zlotys ($1.64 billion) in treasury bonds due in 2024, 2025, and 2028 at a Thursday tender, it said in a statement. Investor demand reached 6.8 billion zlotys.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
US 2-year T-note yield premium vs Germany hits 7-year peak before ECB LONDON: The two-year US Treasury note yield premium over German equivalents rose to its highest in seven years on Thursday with expectations the European Central Bank will ease policy later in thee day supporting German bonds' outperformance. The two-year yield gap between the US and Germany - the euro zone benchmark issuer - has expanded over the past months, as the ECB primed the market for aggressive monetary policy measures to stave off deflation while ...
Euro zone bonds firm up as investors prepare for ECB to act LONDON: Euro zone sovereign bonds firmed up on Wednesday as investors prepared for what is expected to be a strong set of policy easing measures from the European Central Bank.A bout of nervousness that gripped the market on Tuesday as investors feared the ECB may not deliver enough to stave off weakening inflation and low growth, appeared to have subsided, said strategists."There was nervousness because in the past investors have looked for central banks to ...
German bond yields rise to weekly highs after inflation drop LONDON: German bond yields rose to one-week highs on Tuesday after a drop in euro zone inflation triggered concerns about the extent and effectiveness of European Central Bank policy easing tipped for later this week.Annual consumer prices in the 18-country currency bloc fell to the lowest since the debt crisis erupted, leading some investors to take profit on a recent rally, and raising pressure on the ECB to take radical action to protect the euro ...
Portugal yields rise as Lisbon says austerity ruling to hit budget LONDON: Portuguese bond yields rose to a one-week high on Tuesday after Lisbon said the rejection by the country's supreme court of some austerity measures will have a "significant" budget impact.Finance Minister Maria Luis Albuquerque said Friday's ruling, which will create a fiscal gap of about 700 million euros this year, could complicate Portugal's formal exit from its international bailout, which ended last month.The austerity measures struck down by the court were imposed under the ...


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