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Copper set for biggest monthly drop LONDON: Copper edged higher on Friday as the euro steadied, but prices were still on track for their biggest monthly loss since March on worries that rising tensions in Ukraine could set back global growth and hit metals demand. International news has been dominating metals trade during a summer lull, which has been exacerbated by tougher credit conditions in China as banks have tightened risk controls since a suspected financing fraud in China's Qingdao port in May.Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange closed at $6,982 a tonne, having dropped by more than a percent in the previous session. It closed at $6,934 per tonne on Thursday. Analysts have pointed to prospects for further weakness ahead as swelling mine supply is expected to eclipse a modest demand revival into the end of the year. In Europe the euro edged up versus the dollar on Friday after euro zone inflation was ...


Sugar set for monthly fall, cocoa steadies LONDON: Raw sugar futures on ICE eased on Friday pressured by plentiful near-term supplies, while cocoa steadied after rallying to within sight of a fresh three-year peak in month-end dealings.Arabica coffee eased in choppy trade, with the market focused on drought damage to Brazilian crops.Volume was light in the ICE softs markets ahead of Monday's closure for the US Labor Day holiday. Regular trading will resume on Sept. 2, the exchange said. Benchmark ICE October ...

Commodity markets buoyed by mounting Ukraine crisis LONDON: Crude oil and wheat prices were lifted this week by intensifying concerns over the Ukraine crisis, while gold advanced as many investors sought shelter from geopolitical tensions.Many commodities also rose on bright economic growth data in the United States, a top consumer of many raw materials including crude oil.The country's economy expanded at an annual rate of 4.2 percent in the second quarter, up from the prior growth estimate of 4.0 percent, official data ...

German 2014/15 sugar output to rise to 4.39mn tonnes HAMBURG: Germany's refined sugar production in the new 2014/15 season is forecast to rise 0.9 million tonnes on the year to 4.39 million tonnes, Germany's Agriculture ministry said on Friday in its first harvest forecast. The ministry said it was using the estimate given by Germany's sugar industry association WVZ on Aug. 21 as the basis for the forecast. German farmers have planted about 374,400 hectares of sugar beet for harvesting in the new season, ...

Turkey tenders to buy up to 200,000 tonnes milling wheat HAMBURG: Turkey's state grain agency TMO has issued an international tender to purchase and import up to 200,000 tonnes of milling wheat, European traders said on Friday. The new tender follows a series of large import purchases by Turkey and closes on Sept. 16, traders said. Turkey is among countries affected by the Middle East's driest winter in several decades, which reduced crop yields and also threatens to worsen food security in its war-torn neighbour ...

Wheat edges up with Ukraine conflict seen as export threat LONDON: Wheat futures rose on Friday and were on track for the first monthly gain since April, boosted by concerns that conflict in Ukraine may pose a threat to exports from the Black Sea region. Soybeans edged up and corn prices eased slightly with the upside capped by the prospect of bumper crops in the US Midwest where the weather remains near perfect. December wheat on the Chicago Board of Trade rose 0.6 percent to ...

Palm drops to 5-1/2 year low, biggest monthly loss since Sept 2012 KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian palm oil futures slid to a five-and-a-half year low on Friday due to fears of rising vegetable oil supply and lower demand, resulting in its biggest monthly loss since September 2012.The benchmark November contract on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange shed 2.5 percent to 1,930 ringgit ($613) per tonne by the close. For the week, the contract fell 3.5 percent to post its fourth straight week of losses.Prices in August have plunged ...


 



 
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