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Raw sugar holds above 6 year low, London cocoa off 8-mth high NEW YORK/LONDON: Raw sugar futures on ICE hovered above their lowest level in more than six years on Thursday, but gains were capped by the weak currency in top grower Brazil and abundant supplies, while London cocoa fell from an eight-month high.New York cocoa fell for the fourth straight day as the weak British pound attracted selling by speculators. Coffee futures were slightly higher.Dealers said they expected fluctuations in the Brazilian real and US dollar to drive sugar prices in the short term as the weak real can attract producer and speculative selling in both sugar and coffee futures. "There are not too many fundamental traders who would fight hard to suggest that 12 cents is under-valued fundamentally," said James Cassidy, senior director of Sugar Group at Societe Generale in New York. July raw sugar futures on ICE settled up 0.07 cent, or 0.6 percent, at 11.94 cents a lb, ...


CBOT soybeans close lower on new-crop drop CHICAGO: US soybean futures fell on Thursday, led lower by new-crop contracts amid technical selling and expectations for a big crop this fall, traders said.Chicago Board of Trade November soybean futures, which track the crop that US farmers are currently planting, notched the biggest losses after early buying failed to push the contract through Wednesday's highs.Weakness in soymeal, which was weighed down by profit taking, also weighed on soybeans.Traders also cited pressure from expectations that ...

Gold bounces up from 2-1/2-week low as dollar, shares fall NEW YORK/LONDON: Gold inched higher after hitting a 2-1/2 week low on Thursday as the dollar and global shares fell alongside uncertainty about Greece and an unexpected rise in US jobless claims. Spot gold was up 0.1 percent at $1,188.30 an ounce by 2:26 p.m. EDT (1826 GMT) after falling to $1,180.55, the lowest since May 11. US gold futures for June delivery settled up $2.50 at $1,188.10 an ounce. European Central Bank Vice President ...

CBOT wheat ends up on technical buying after choppy session CHICAGO: Wheat futures on the Chicago Board of Trade settled modestly higher on Thursday following a choppy, technical session, with short-covering and a softer dollar lending support.CBOT July wheat settled up 1 cent at $4.88-3/4 per bushel after dipping lower at the closing bell. The contract stayed inside the previous day's trading range.K.C. hard red winter wheat futures closed lower, with spot July posting a two-week low at $5.05-1/2. MGEX spring wheat closed higher.Funds hold ...

Corn rebounds on short covering, bullish ethanol data CHICAGO: US corn futures on Thursday rebounded from a seven-month low after three days of declines in a short-covering bounce and following a government report showing higher ethanol output and lower stocks of the corn-based biofuel.Wheat futures were mixed as a weaker dollar and concerns about the outlook for crops in Russia kept a floor under the market, but sluggish US export demand continued to restrict gains. Soybeans drifted lower on rising global supplies and ...

Corn rebounds on short covering, lower ethanol stocks CHICAGO: US corn futures on Thursday rebounded from a seven-month low after three days of declines in a short-covering bounce and following a government report showing higher ethanol output and lower stocks of the corn-based biofuel.Wheat futures climbed after hitting a two-week low a day earlier, boosted by a weaker dollar and concerns about the outlook for crops in Russia, while soybeans were narrowly mixed."To see a little bit of buying at these levels is ...

Raw sugar recovers from lows, arabica coffee steadies LONDON: Raw sugar futures recovered from their lowest in more than six years on Thursday, but gains were capped by large supplies, while arabica coffee and New York cocoa were little changed.Dealers said they expected fluctuations in the Brazilian real and U.S. dollar to drive sugar prices in the short term."The market is following macroeconomic and currency trends," a senior analyst said. "The 12 cents area seems to be holding some significance," he added, referring ...


 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyApril
Trade Balance $-1.795 bln
Exports $1.995 bln
Imports $3.790 bln
WeeklyMay 26, 2015
Reserves $17.749 bln