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Russian Bonds Fall First Time in 7 Days on U.S. Growth Concern

Russia’s Eurobonds fell and the ruble weakened after a report showed more Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign of weakening growth in the world’s largest economy.

The $2 billion of bonds due April 2017 declined for the first time in seven days, pushing the yield up two basis points, or 0.02 percentage point, to 2.994 percent. The Russian currency depreciated as much as 0.4 percent before trading little changed at 29.535 per dollar.

Jobless claims fell by 2,000 to 386,000 last week from a revised 388,000 in the prior period that was higher than initially estimated, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 47 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a drop to 370,000.

The ruble weakened 0.2 percent to 38.81 per euro and was steady at 33.7088 against the central bank’s target dollar-euro basket. Investors increased bets on the currency weakening, with non-deliverable forwards showing the currency at 29.933 per dollar in three months, compared with 29.8951 per dollar yesterday.

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