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CBOT soybeans fall to seven-month low CHICAGO: US soybean futures fell for the fourth time in five sessions on Wednesday on forecasts for good weather for planting and crop development in the US Midwest, traders said.The front-month Chicago Board of Trade soybean contract hit its lowest on a continuous basis since Oct. 20, 2014. New-crop November hit a fresh contract low during the overnight session.Soymeal futures also fell.Nearby soyoil contracts were flat while deferreds edged higher. Soyoil had traded higher for much of the session, supported by gains in the crude oil market, but a round of profit taking weighed on prices near the close.Analysts were expecting a US Agriculture Department report on Thursday morning to show old-crop export sales were in a range from 100,000 to 250,000 tonnes in the latest week compared to 136,579 tonnes a week earlier.Copyright Reuters, 2015

CBOT corn eases to 1-week low on favorable US weather CHICAGO: Prices of Chicago Board of Trade corn futures eased on Wednesday for the second straight session to the lowest in a week, pressured by overall favorable weather conditions for the emerging US crop, traders said.Narrow bullspreading saw front-month July corn futures gaining slightly on the December contract, which tracks the autumn harvest.Warmer temperatures forecast next week, combined with adequate existing soil moisture, were seen as ideal for developing corn plants even as heavy rainfall ...

Gold extends gains after Fed minutes caution on rate hike NEW YORK/LONDON: Gold rose on Wednesday, briefly climbing to a new session high as the dollar pared its gains after US Federal Reserve minutes showed policy makers believed it would be premature to raise interest rates in June. Many officials at the Fed's April policy meeting believed that a bump in inflation was being offset by a weaker labor market and softer data, according to minutes from the meeting released on Wednesday. Spot gold was ...

Gold prices edge higher ahead of Fed minutes LONDON: Gold edged higher on Wednesday, recovering some lost ground after the previous session's slide, but gains were muted as the dollar strengthened ahead of minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting.The metal slid sharply on Tuesday, posting its biggest one-day loss since April 30, as the dollar rebounded from its weakest run against the euro in four years.Spot gold was up 0.3 percent at $1,211.18 an ounce at 1400 GMT, while U.S. gold ...

Cocoa dips, near 7-month high, coffee eases LONDON: New York cocoa futures dipped on Wednesday from the prior session's 7-month peak, pressured by a firmer dollar, while raw sugar eased, weighed down by big stocks, and coffee edged lower.New York cocoa futures on ICE, supported by concerns over supplies in No. 2 grower Ghana, dipped under pressure from the stronger dollar against a basket of currencies, making dollar-based contracts more expensive in other currencies.Ghana estimates its 2014/15 cocoa season output will be ...

US soy slumps to 7-month low as supplies seen plentiful LONDON: Chicago soybean futures fell to a 7-month low on Wednesday with the faster-than-normal pace of plantings in the United States adding to concerns about excess supplies.Corn and wheat prices were also lower."We have good planting progress in the U.S. and ... if we don't see a major weather event we will have plenty of soybeans in the U.S. as well as worldwide," said Stefan Vogel, Head of Agri Commodity Markets research for Rabobank."Going from ...

Palm hits near 3-week low, but robust exports check losses KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian palm oil futures slipped to the lowest in almost three weeks on Wednesday, stretching their losses into a fourth session as weakness in comparative markets overseas dragged, although robust export demand put a floor under prices.Oil prices slid over 3 percent on Tuesday amid evidence the United States and top oil exporter Saudi Arabia were pumping more supplies. Low crude prices dent demand for palm oil by making the latter less attractive ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,232.02 0.29
Arrow Nasdaq 5,089.36 0.03
Arrow S&P 2,126.06 0.22
Arrow FTSE 7,031.72 0.05
Arrow DAX 11,815.01 0.42
Arrow CAC-40 5,142.89 0.07
Arrow Nikkei 20,264.41 0.30
Arrow H.Seng 27,992.83 1.70
Arrow Sensex 27,957.50 0.53

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
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