Greece sold €3 billion of 5-year bonds on Thursday, tapping the international bond market for the first time since March 2010, as the country took advantage of the bond market rally across euro-zone economies. The bond was priced at a yield of 4.95% with nearly 90% of the issue being sold to foreign investors. After surging to more than 30% following the debt restructuring in 2012, the yield on Greek 10-year bonds fell below 6% yesterday for the first time since February 2010
|After faltering in February, the robust recovery in gross capital flows that began in the second half of 2013 resumed in March. Global business sentiment improved in March despite concerns around Ukraine and slowing growth in China. Consistent with these trends, import demand is strengthening across developing regions, albeit with variations.|
Financial Markets…Global stocks started the week on a weak note, after enjoying three weeks of consecutive gains, as a sell-off of technology stocks that started on U.S. market on Friday extended to Asian and European markets. Renewed concern over the geopolitical risk in Ukraine also weighed on investors’ sentiment, especially in Europe. The benchmark MSCI world stock index dropped a third of a percent from last week’s highest levels not seen since late 2007.