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Wednesday, Apr 112012, 6:03 AMAfter surging recently, and despite today's more expensive Italian bond auction and woeful Spanish industrial output data, yields on 10-year Italian and Spanish debt take a dive. That latter is -14 bps at 5.84% and Italian yields are -18 bp at 5.51%. German yields, which had been falling, are +15 bps at 1.79%. |Wednesday, Apr 112012, 6:03 AM| 2 Comments
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Thursday, Apr 52012, 7:18 AMGerman February industrial production fell 1.3% vs. expectations for a 0.5% decline. In addition, January's big gain of 1.6% was revised down to 1.3%. Bitter cold February temps are being blamed for a big drop in construction output, which took the overall number down. Dax -1%. |Thursday, Apr 52012, 7:18 AM| Comment!
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Thursday, Mar 292012, 5:41 AMGerman unemployment falls to 6.7% in March, the lowest since comparable records began in 1998, from from 6.8% in Feb. The decline comes despite the eurozone debt crisis and indicates that the Germany economy may be recovering from its dip. New orders fell 16% in Feb. Y/Y, but industry group VDMA expects output to pick up again in H2. |Thursday, Mar 292012, 5:41 AM| Comment!
Tuesday, Mar 272012, 10:45 AMSell your Bunds? Angela Merkel sees yields on German paper rising as the ebbing EU crisis makes her country less of a safe haven. Bunds are having a good day today - the 10-year -5.5 bps to 1.9% as European shares give up big early gains, now sitting at session lows. Stoxx 50 -0.5%. |Tuesday, Mar 272012, 10:45 AM| Comment!
Thursday, Mar 222012, 5:55 AMMarkit Flash Germany PMI for March: manufacturing 48.1 (50.2 in February), 4-month low; services activity 51.8 (52.8), 4-month low; composite output index 51.4 (53.2), 3-month low. "A slight stumble for Germany’s private sector in March, meaning the survey is tracking a modest GDP rise of around 0.2%" over Q1," Markit says. (PR) |Thursday, Mar 222012, 5:55 AM| 1 Comment
Wednesday, Mar 212012, 11:33 AMGermany is happy to practice what it preaches, passing legislation that will balance the budget in 2014, two years ahead of schedule. The country's debt brake will force federal and state governments to limit new borrowing, while it also helps that the economy is not in severe recession. |Wednesday, Mar 212012, 11:33 AM| 1 Comment
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Tuesday, Mar 132012, 7:10 AM"The German economy shows signs of stabilization at the start of the year," says the country's economic ministry in an upbeat assessment of the situation in its monthly report. "Sentiment indicators have markedly improved. Businesses and consumers are thus expecting that the economy will gather steam over the coming months." |Tuesday, Mar 132012, 7:10 AM| Comment!
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Thursday, Mar 82012, 5:16 AMMarkets are buying into Greek optimism it will receive approval of over 75% for its bond swap, thereby allowing it to proceed. Stocks are building on earlier gains, with the Euro STOXX 50 +1.3%, and the euro is +0.3% vs. the dollar. 10-year yields on Italian bond are -17 bps at 4.77% and those of Spain are -6.5 bps at 5.023%. |Thursday, Mar 82012, 5:16 AM| 2 Comments
Thursday, Mar 82012, 2:53 AMToday is yet another day of reckoning for Greece and the eurozone: bondholders have until 3 pm ET to decide whether to accept the €206B debt swap, and depending on the report you read (I, II, III), creditors representing up to 60% of the loans have agreed. Greece needs 66% to trigger CACs but still default, and 95% to avoid it. |Thursday, Mar 82012, 2:53 AM| Comment!
Tuesday, Feb 142012, 6:08 AMThe ZEW gauge of German investor sentiment unexpectedly turns positive in Feb., rising to +5.4 from -21.6 in January and coming in well above forecasts of -11.6. "From the perspective of the financial market experts, there is a good chance that the German economy will experience a slight uplift in the second half of 2012," says ZEW. |Tuesday, Feb 142012, 6:08 AM| Comment!
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