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Bunds steady ahead of ECB, Spanish auction  LONDON: German government bonds were steady at Thursday's open with investors sidelined ahead of a Spanish debt auction and European Central Bank policy meeting where expectations are for rates to be cut to a record low. The ECB announces its policy decision at 1145 GMT, with dismal economic data paving the way for the central bank to take its main refinancing rate down to just 0.75 percent . "Twenty-five basis points seems to be the consensus and there's probably going to be some disappointment if they don't deliver," a trader said. "Or perhaps the expectations just shift to next month. At the end of the day the data's not great, rates are staying lower for longer and there's not many reasons to sell Bunds." The Bank of England is also expected to launch a third round of monetary stimulus. September Bund futures were 6 ticks higher at 142.38, with 10-year yields up a basis point ...

Spanish yields slip but summit deal euphoria waning  LONDON: Spanish bond yields edged lower on Tuesday after last week's surprise euro zone deal to remodel the region's rescue fund, but further sharp falls were seen limited as doubts over implementation set in. Markets' euphoria over Friday's deal to allow the region's permanent ESM fund to buy bonds in secondary markets has dimmed as investors turned to potential risks such as the insufficient size of the rescue fund and the ratification process in each member ...
Bunds slip as Dutch supply eyed  LONDON: German Bund futures opened lower on Tuesday as traders braced for supply from triple-A-rated Netherlands but losses were expected to be limited before a European Central Bank meeting later in the week expected to cut interest rates. Spanish bonds were also expected to come under some pressure before an auction on Thursday. It will be the first test of market sentiment since the European Union summit last week surprised markets by agreeing measures to stabilise bond ...
Spanish, Italian yields continue fall LONDON: Spanish and Italian government bond yields continued to fall on Monday after euro zone leaders last week surprised markets by agreeing measures to stabilise bond markets in an attempt to stem the debt crisis. Under pressure from Spain and Italy, euro zone leaders agreed on Friday to let their rescue fund inject aid directly into stricken banks from next year and intervene on bond markets to support troubled members, moves that helped yields on the ...
Italian, Spanish bond yields extend fall  LONDON: Italian and Spanish government bond yields dipped on Monday, extending last week's fall following an agreement by European leaders to re-model the euro zone's rescue fund. Italian 10-year yields fell 10 basis points to 5.72 percent, while two-year yields dropped 24 basis points to 3.56 percent. Ten-year Spanish yields were down 8.5 bps at 3.25 percent and two-year yields were down 23 bps at 4.18 percent. "The steepening is being led by the front end as ...
German Bunds pause after sell-off  LONDON: German government bonds nudged higher at Monday's open, pausing from Friday's sharp sell-off after euro zone leaders surprised markets by agreeing measures to stabilise bond markets. Markets may struggle for direction in the early part of the week with investors hungry for details on the measures and ahead of Thursday's European Central Bank policy meeting and Friday's US employment report. Under pressure from Spain and Italy, euro zone leaders agreed on Friday to let their rescue ...
Italy pays higher rates at five and ten-year bond sale  MILAN: Italy had to pay investors higher rates of return at a five and ten-year bond sale on Thursday, hours before EU leaders were set to meet for a crucial summit on tackling the eurozone debt crisis. The government sold a total of 5.42 billion euros' ($6.73 billion) worth of bonds. The rate on five-year bonds rose to 5,84 percent compared to 5.66 percent on May 30, while the yield on those set to expire in 10 ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
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Trade Balance $-19.98 bln
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