NEW YORK (Reuters) – The prices of U.S. Treasury securities edged higher on Friday after a weaker than expected reading of U.S. GDP growth rekindled a safety bid.
The U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace in 1-1/2 years in the fourth quarter, but a strong rebuilding of stocks by businesses and weak spending on capital goods hinted at slower growth in early 2012.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The prices of Treasuries rose on Thursday, buoyed by clear dovish signals from the Federal Reserve and more fears that the European debt crisis was heating up again.
But a strong report on durable goods orders in December slightly dampened Treasuries’ rally.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury prices rose on Wednesday, reversing some of the week’s earlier price declines, as traders awaited a statement from the Federal Open Market Committee and worries about the Greek debt swap negotiations bolstered a safe-haven bid for bonds.
The FOMC is finishing its two-day meeting and will release a policy statement at 12:30 p.m. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will hold a press conference at 2:15 p.m.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – From the outside, it can be hard to know just who has the upper hand in the negotiations between Greece, the international community and holders of the Mediterranean country’s bonds.
One day it appears Greece is close to reaching a voluntary restructuring of its sovereign debt. And the next, talks aimed at getting Greece’s creditors to accept steep losses on those bonds are at a standstill.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The prices of Treasury securities hovered near the previous day’s closing levels on Tuesday, stabilizing after a selloff, as global stocks sagged and Greek bondholders clashed with euro zone officials over the terms of a voluntary debt swap.
The price movements in the Treasury market were small, bringing prices one or two fractions of a point to either side of flat. Market strategists described the market as being ‘on hold’ until the results of the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting are released on Wednesday afternoon.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Treasury prices fell on Monday as U.S. stocks rose and investors held out some hope that European leaders were preparing to increase support for struggling euro-zone countries like Spain and Italy.
The 30-year Treasury bond lost more than a point in price. Trading was lighter than normal because of holidays in Asia that took participants out of the marketplace.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hedge funds holding Greek bonds that mature in March may have the strongest hand in the critical negotiations to restructure the cash-strapped country’s debt.
The Greek government wants to swap out that maturing debt for new, lower-yielding bonds and a small cash payment. But some hedge funds in London and New York that have snapped up chunks of Greece’s next big maturing bond, the March 20, for around 40 cents on the euro, are balking.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – China’s economy won’t crash but a shrinking trade surplus will likely keep its currency, the yuan, from appreciating over the next year or two, a Chinese economist said on Monday.
Huang Yiping, economics professor at the China Center for Economic Research at Peking University, told a conference in New York it would be hard to argue that the yuan was undervalued when the trade surplus was only 2 percent of China’s GDP.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the late 1980s, an Afghanistan-born banker working in California watched as U.S. regulators struggled to cope with a deepening savings-and-loan banking crisis.
Now he is attempting a similar feat in Kabul with the added challenges of widespread corruption, still rampant violence and a major crisis of confidence in Afghanistan’s banking system.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The prices of U.S. Treasury securities rose on Tuesday in a vigorous afternoon rally after a strongly bid 10-year note auction displayed enduring demand for safe-haven assets.
Treasuries’ late-day rally intensified after the Federal Reserve left its monetary policy unchanged, as U.S. stocks gave up their gains and the euro fell against the dollar.