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Upcoming ECB loans cushion short-term German bonds from Fed sell-off LONDON: German bond yields rose on Thursday after the United States projected steeper rate rises in the coming years, although pressure on shorter-dated bonds was cushioned by hopes of a liquidity boost from the European Central Bank's long-term loans. Ten-year German yields - the benchmark for the euro zone - opened 2 basis points higher at 1.02 percent, after the US Federal Reserve raised its assessment of interest rate levels in 2015 and later. Higher rates in the world's largest economy would reverberate across other markets despite the accommodative policies of other central banks. Two-year bond yields were only a fraction higher as markets waited for the ECB to hand out the first round of its new four-year loans, the flagship tool in a new stimulus package it hopes will stave off deflation and revive the ailing euro zone economy. A Reuters poll of 20 money market traders pointed to ...

Ocean-threatened Marshall's leader posts climate video plea MAJURO: Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak was forced to heightened the seawall protecting his home last year but says the year-old defences are now barely enough to protect his family from a "climate emergency"."Out here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, climate change has arrived," Loeak said in the video to be released globally Friday, ahead of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's climate summit in New York City next week. Standing outside his home ...

Tokyo stocks close up 1.13pc, approaches 2013 high TOKYO: Tokyo's Nikkei stock index rose 1.13 percent Thursday to its highest close since early January as a sharply weaker yen boosted exporter shares, but Sony plunged after warning of a huge annual loss.The benchmark Nikkei at the Tokyo Stock Exchange added 178.90 points to end at 16,067.57, putting the index within reach of last year's closing high.The broader Topix index of all first-section issues rose 0.99 percent, or 12.95 points, to 1,317.91.Tokyo tracked a ...

Fate of the UK to be decided by Scotland today The UK Government will no doubt be shocked if the referendum today results in a Yes vote. However, it has been agreed by UK Prime Minister David Cameron to respect the outcome of the referendum and will accept the Scottish Government’s invitation to open negotiations towards independence.The fact remains that the majority of Scots wish to be independent from Westminster. Whatever the outcome of Thursday’s votes, it is clear from seeing the polls which shows ...

Indonesia 'optimistic' on 7pc growth by 2017 HONG KONG: Indonesia's finance minister said Thursday he was "optimistic" the country could achieve 7.0 percent growth by 2017 but warned that incoming president Joko Widodo faces a major challenge in pushing much-needed infrastructure development.Southeast Asia's biggest economy expanded just 5.12 percent in the second quarter to June, its slowest rate in five years, highlighting the problems facing the reform-minded Widodo when he takes office next month.Indonesia and other emerging markets have also been hit ...

Polls open in Scottish independence vote EDINBURGH: Polling booths opened on Thursday in Scotland's historic referendum on independence, with record numbers of Scots expected to cast their vote on whether to stay or leave the United Kingdom.Voting will continue until 2100 GMT and the result, which opinion polls have suggested is too close to call, is likely to emerge in the early hours of Friday.Scottish residents are being asked one question on the ballot paper -- "Should Scotland be an independent ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,156.85 0.15
Arrow Nasdaq 4,562.19 0.21
Arrow S&P 2,001.57 0.13
Arrow FTSE 6,780.90 0.17
Arrow DAX 9,661.50 0.30
Arrow CAC-40 4,431.41 0.50
Arrow Nikkei 15,888.67 0.14
Arrow H.Seng 24,376.41 1.00
Arrow Sensex 26,631.29 0.52

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