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Investors stampede to safe govt debt, stocks drop  LONDON: US Treasury yields hit their lowest in hundreds of years and world stocks dropped towards 2012 lows on Friday, as investors scrambled for lifelines on worries about Spain's parlous finances and China's growth outlook. US stock futures pointed to a sharply lower open, with futures for the S&P 500, Dow Jones and Nasdaq 100 down between 0.8 and 1.2 percent. With euro-zone debt signals flashing red again and Chinese demand seen slowing, record after record has tumbled across asset classes as investors seek security for their cash. The German two-year bond yield fell below zero for the first time, meaning investors are paying for the right to hold that debt. Other "safe havens" Denmark and Switzerland said they were prepared to set negative interest rates to prevent their currencies spiralling. US 10-year Treasury yields fell to 1.524 percent, hitting their lowest on record - going back more than two centuries, according to Reuters ...

German 10-year bond rate at new record low  PARIS: The yield on 10-year German bonds hit a new record low on Thursday with investors still seeking refuge in the safe-haven asset as problems for Spanish banks mounted. At around 1300 GMT the rate of return for investors on 10-year Bunds on the secondary bond market fell to 1.234 percent from 1.265 percent at the cose of trading on Wednesday. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
Spanish yields fall, but stay close to euro-era highs  LONDON: Spanish bond yields eased on Thursday, but remained close to their highest levels in the history of the euro zone as markets expect the Madrid government to eventually ask for outside help to bail out its banks. Markets become more volatile when yields hit the top of their historic range as some investors think policymakers could come up with measures to cool off the pressure. But with a Spanish debt auction scheduled for next week, ...
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 ...
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 ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,461.32 0.92
Arrow Nasdaq 4,382.85 0.83
Arrow S&P 1,927.11 0.73
Arrow FTSE 6,399.73 0.43
Arrow DAX 8,940.14 0.60
Arrow CAC-40 4,105.09 0.58
Arrow Nikkei 15,195.77 2.64
Arrow H.Seng 23,403.97 1.37
Arrow Sensex 26,787.23 0.80

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 20, 2014
Reserves $13.436 bln