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South African bonds weaken as market sees more issuance  JOHANNESBURG: South African government bonds weakened in early Thursday trade and the rand hovered near early-September lows as worries about the euro zone debt crisis came to the fore and investors fretted about the weak domestic economic outlook.   The yield on the three-year benchmark added two basis points to 5.335 percent and that for the 14-year issue, which is also heavily traded on the secondary market, was up 2.5 basis points at 7.515 percent.   The market was pricing in the likelihood that the government could signal plans to increase borrowing in its mid-term budget towards the end of October, with data pointing to low revenue flows, traders said.   "Demand is also petering off after the WBGI inclusion," a Johannesburg trader added, referring to South Africa's Oct. 1 inclusion in the World Government Bond Index which has spurred foreign purchases of local debt in the last few months.   The rand was slightly firmer in early ...

South Africa to sell 2023, 2021 and 2031 bonds next week  JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's Treasury will auction 2.1 billion rand ($250 million) in total of its 2023, 2021 and 2031 government bonds next Tuesday. Copyright Reuters, 2012 ...
South Africa bonds edge up, rand declines  JOHANNESBURG: South African government bonds edged higher on Wednesday with the market still receiving a boost by the inclusion of government paper in Citigroup's World Government Bond Index (WGBI) from the start of the week.   The yield on the three-year benchmark was 2.5 basis points lower at 5.39 percent and that for the 14-year issue dropped 3 basis points at 7.53 percent.   By 0655 GMT, the rand was down 0.87 percent at 8.444 versus the dollar after ...
South Africa bonds steady in cross winds, rand weaker  JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's government bonds held mostly steady on Tuesday, balancing between a downgrade by Moody's last week that soured sentiment and optimism from their inclusion in Citigroup's World Government Bond Index (WGBI) from the start of this month.   The yield on the three-year benchmark was 0.5 basis points lower to 5.45 percent and that for the 14-year issue dropped 1 basis points at 7.57 percent.   "Even though it brought us in-line with Fitch and S&P, the ...
Yields tumble at Egypt T-bill auction CAIRO: The average yields on 4.5 billion Egyptian pounds ($738.49 million) of 91- and 266-day treasury bills fell sharply at a central bank auction on Sunday, the Ministry of Finance said. The average yield on 1 billion pounds of 91-day bills dropped to 12.396 percent, its lowest since November last year, from 13.747 percent at an auction on Sept. 9. The yield on 3.5 billion pounds of 266-day bills tumbled to 13.354 percent, its lowest since August ...
Bonds pare gains after 10-year TIPS sale  NEW YORK: US government debt prices pared earlier gains mid-afternoon Thursday after weak demand at an auction of $13 billion worth of 10-year Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities. Treasuries prices briefly turned flat in reaction to the results on the 10-year TIPS sale, whose overall bidding came in at its weakest since April 2009. Benchmark US 10-year Treasury notes last traded up 3/32 in price, yielding 1.763 percent, down 1 basis point from Wednesday's close. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
South Africa bonds ease, rand softens on mine deal hopes  JOHANNESBURG: South African government bonds eased on Tuesday after weakening on the longer end of the yield curve in the previous session and the rand softened on hopes of ending a mine strike that has sparked labour unrest in the platinum belt.   The bond yields for the 2026 paper moved up 1.5 basis points to 7.620 percent and one basis points on the 2015 note.   "If the rand continues to lose a bit of ground, yields will ...


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