Friday, 28 February 2014
U.S. Treasury debt prices rose on Thursday as tensions between Ukraine and Russia spurred safety buying, helping to stoke strong demand at a seven-year note auction. The Treasury sold $29 billion in seven-year-notes at the auction, the final sale of the week. Yields ended slightly lower than where they were before the sale.
Britain's top share index edged up on Thursday, lifted by positive U.S. data and assurances from Fed chair Janet Yellen, despite a sharp sell-off in Royal Bank of Scotland and increasing tension over Ukraine.
The S&P 500 closed at a record on Thursday and ended in positive territory for the year after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said harsh weather seems to be to behind recent U.S. economic softness.
Japan's Nikkei share average was flat in choppy trade on Friday morning after two days of losses as investors remained cautious amid tensions in Ukraine, while a stronger yen weighed on risk appetite.
London copper steadied on Friday after comments by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen soothed jitters over U.S. growth prospects, but was set to close the month flat on lingering worries over a slowdown in China.;
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Yields on 10-year U.S. Treasury notes were steady at 2.71 percent after dipping about 4 basis points overnight, leaving them roughly in the middle of the recent 2.57 to 2.79 percent trading range