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PARIS: The interest rate earned by holders of French 10-year government bonds fell to a record low in early trading on Thursday in a sign investors see France as a safe haven from economic troubles in Spain. Around 0730 GMT, the yield on French 10-year debt sank to 2.351 percent, breaking a previous record set on May 25. By around 0750 GMT, the yield was at 2.369 percent, against 2.464 percent at closing on Wednesday. France also narrowed its bond spread with Germany to 1.1 percent. The German rate was up slightly to 1.272 percent. "France is benefitting from a fairly confused context in Europe. There are no purely French factors behind this," said Frederik Ducrozet, an economist at Credit Agricole CIB. Still, he said the fall was a sign that the market clearly saw France as among the top-tier investments in Europe. "The market's verdict for now is that France ranks with Germany and Austria" ...

LONDON: Expectations that Spain may eventually need outside help to keep its banks afloat kept its government bond yields close to euro-era highs on Thursday, with no respite seen before a debt auction next week. Safe-haven German bond prices were steady around their record highs, while French, Belgian and Austrian debt outperformed the rest of the bloc as investors sought higher-yielding bonds that are less risky than Spanish or Italian paper. Spain has sky-high unemployment, falling housing ...
LONDON: German Bund futures hovered near record highs on Thursday as rapidly rising Spanish borrowing costs intensified expectations that Madrid may need outside help to save its banks and stave off contagion from the Greek crisis. The European Commission said it was ready to offer Spain an extra year to reduce its budget deficit and direct aid to recapitalise its weak banks from the euro zone's rescue fund. But it is member states who decide whether to ...
LONDON: Italian government bond yields broke above the 6 percent danger level on Wednesday as traders made room for fresh supply later in the day against a backdrop made difficult for riskier bonds by banking troubles in Spain. Spanish yields also jumped as investors worried about the country's plans to raise new funds to recapitalise nationalised lender Bankia when the country's borrowing costs are rising daily. Safe-haven German Bund futures hit a record high and 10-year German ...
LONDON: German government bond yields hit new lows along most of the curve on Wednesday, while Spanish and Italian bond yields rose ahead of a bond sale by Italy and with worries about Spain's banks intensifying. German 10-year yields hit fresh lows of 1.34 percent, while futures rallied to 144.62 before retreating slightly to stand 26 ticks higher on the day at 144.56. Five- and 30-year yields also hit record lows . Italian 10-year government bonds yields nudged ...
LONDON: German Bund futures were little changed on Wednesday after hitting a record high in the previous session as Spain's banking troubles kept investors nervous, making for a difficult backdrop to a sale of Italian bonds later in the day. Domestic investors are expected to ensure sufficient demand for the Treasury's offer of up to 6.25 billion euros of five- and 10-year bonds, but borrowing costs are set to rise. Further bad news from Spain could put ...
LONDON: Spanish bond yields rose on Tuesday as investors fretted that efforts to recapitalise the country's frail banking sector could mean the government selling more bonds and adding to the growing pressure on public finances. A government source said Spain would probably issue new bonds to help fund the 19 billion euro rescue of its fourth-biggest lender Bankia. With 10-year borrowing costs approaching the 7 percent level which is viewed as a point where governments need to ...

 



 
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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
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