Treasury 10-year note yields fell for the sixth week in a row, matching the longest streak since June, as slowing growth and concern Europe’s debt crisis is worsening bolstered the refuge appeal of U.S. government debt.
Yields on the benchmark note dropped to the lowest level in two months as government reports showed the U.S. economy expanded less-than-forecast in the first quarter and weekly jobless claims rose. U.S. payrolls added fewer than 200,000 positions in April for a second straight month, data next week may show, adding to expectations from investors including Bill Gross that the Federal Reserve is far from pulling back on monetary stimulus.
Gold hits 3-1/2 week high
Gold hit a 3-1/2 week high on Thursday and silver rose nearly 3 percent as escalating tensions in the Middle East knocked stocks and the dollar and drove investors into assets viewed as lower risk, s
$67m compensation for Almarai
Saudi Arabia's Almarai, the Gulf's largest dairy company, received 250 million riyals ($66.7m) from an insurer in compensation for a fire at one of its bakeries, it said yesterday.
$205m raised from sukuk by HSBC unit
The Malaysian Islamic banking arm of HSBC Holdings has raised 750 million ringgit ($205m) from the sale of five-year Islamic bonds (sukuk) at a yield of 4.24 per cent, IFR reported yesterday.