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Soybeans stumble ahead of USDA crop reports CHICAGO: US soybean futures weakened for the second consecutive session on Friday as traders stepped back from the market while waiting for the US Agriculture Department to issue key crop data. Corn and wheat futures were mixed. Trading was choppy, with positioning ahead of monthly USDA reports on crop production, supplies and demand overshadowing a sale of 360,000 tonnes of US soybeans to top-importer China. Many traders moved to the sidelines ahead of the release of the data at 11 a.m. CDT (1600 GMT). The USDA is expected to cut its estimates for US corn and soybean production from September and its projections for US corn, soybean and wheat ending stocks. However, global supplies will still remain large.And reports of strong yields from the advancing US harvests and expectations for a record soybean harvest in Brazil put pressure on the markets, traders said. Brazil's government crop supply agency, Conab, forecast ...

Algeria bought at least 675,000 T wheat in tender PARIS: Algeria's state grains agency OAIC bought at least 675,000 tonnes of optional-origin milling wheat in a tender that closed on Thursday, European traders said on Friday. OAIC paid on average around $204.50 a tonne, including cost and freight, for the wheat, with prices ranging from $202 to $205.50 depending on the shipment period, traders said. Most of the wheat was sold for shipment in December but some would also be shipped in November. Some ...

Malaysian palm oil continues its fall, ringgit strengthens KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian palm oil futures fell further on Friday as the ringgit firmed against the dollar, pushing palm prices to fresh two-and-a-half week lows.The benchmark December palm oil contract on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives exchange lost 2.6 percent at the end of the trading day, reaching 2,217 ringgit ($537.45) a tonne."The market fell more or less because of the ringgit," said a Kuala Lumpur based trader. "People have also become concerned about the production ...

Arabica hits 7-week peak, sugar touches 7-month high LONDON: Arabica coffee futures on ICE surged to a seven-week high on Friday on forecasts for dry weather in Brazil, which could reduce crop flowering in the world's biggest producer. Raw sugar futures hit a seven-month high after crush data from Brazil came largely within expectations, while cocoa traded little changed with market participants focused on expectations for flat third-quarter European grind data next week. Lower third-quarter cocoa demand data in North America and Asia ...

Gold rises to three-week high on dovish Fed minutes LONDON: Gold rose to a three-week high on Friday after minutes from the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting showed the US central bank was in no hurry to raise interest rates. Spot gold was up 1.4 percent at $1,154 an ounce by 1130 GMT, after touching a three-week peak of $1,157.10 earlier in the session. Prices were supported by Fed minutes released on Thursday, suggesting the central bank was deeply cautious about tightening monetary policy ...

Israeli group buys 102,000 T corn, 40,000 T feed wheat HAMBURG: A group of Israeli private buyers purchased some 102,000 tonnes of corn to be sourced from optional origins in an international tender which closed on Thursday, European traders said on Friday. The group also purchased 40,000 tonnes of optional-origin feed wheat, they said. Copyright Reuters, 2015

Crude oil futures rise after bullish forecast, Fed minutes TOKYO: Crude futures rose in early Asian trade, with U.S. oil climbing above $50 a barrel, after an influential forecaster predicted that a market rally was not far off and U.S. Federal Reserve minutes suggested there was no hurry to raise rates.The gains added to a surge in prices on Thursday, with Brent crude, the global benchmark, on track for a near 12-percent advance this week, the biggest weekly rise since early 2009. Brent was ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,084.49 0.20
Arrow Nasdaq 4,830.47 0.41
Arrow S&P 2,014.89 0.07
Arrow FTSE 6,416.16 0.65
Arrow DAX 10,096.60 1.04
Arrow CAC-40 4,701.39 0.54
Arrow Nikkei 18,438.67 1.64
Arrow H.Seng 22,458.80 0.46
Arrow Sensex 27,079.51 0.87

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 08, 2015
Reserves $20.05 bln