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PORTUGAL AUCTION RESULTS

12-month BT

FOREX

JPY Hampered by Continued Bounce in Stocks

GERMAN AUCTION RESULTS

1.25% Aug-48 Bund

BOND SUMMARY

Fixed income comes off the highs

SHORT-STERLING

Short sterling strip LIfted

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LOCAL NEWS

  • Fitch says weak monetary policy and the Fed taper leaves indebted firms exposed to FX volatility in Turkey.
    • Says reliance on short-term funding and distribution of debt maturities has not changed in Turkish corporates.
    • 66% are now at or above the country ceiling (BB-) – making the portfolio more sensitive to sovereign rating changes
  • WH Adviser Sullivan says Biden and Erdogan agreed to cooperate on Afghanistan and that US support for this would be forthcoming. Noted, however, that no progress was made on S-400s
  • Russia says Turkey's proposal to keep forces in Afghanistan (Kabul Airport) after the US' withdrawal goes against the 2020 deal to pull out of foreign forces.
    • Notes the deal stipulated full withdrawal of foreign troops by May 1 2021. The Taliban has expressed reluctance over the presence of Turkish troops
  • Turkish, German Defense Ministers hold 'constructive' meeting in Ankara, discussing counter-terrorism.
    • German Defense min said diplomatic missions in Afghanistan were crucial in ensuring security of the Kabul Airport
  • HDP Deputy says gunman that attacked HDP headquarters was trained by pro-AKP bodies (SADAT) in northern Syria and tried to pass him off as a crazy drunkard.
    • Noted the damage could have been far greater had the meeting of HDP execs set for the morning not been delayed