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Copper up 2nd day on China growth; nickel near 14-month peak SINGAPORE: London copper rose for a second session on Thursday as slightly better-than-expected Chinese growth data eased some fears about a hard landing in the world's top consumer of industrial metals. Nickel added 0.4 percent, building on Wednesday's gains and trading near its highest in more than a year on concerns escalating tensions over the crisis in Ukraine will curb supplies from Russia, the world's second-largest producer of refined nickel. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange had added 0.3 percent to $6,640 a tonne by 0302 GMT. The most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange rose 1.2 percent to 46,600 yuan a tonne."Chinese GDP helped to lift sentiment," said Joyce Liu, analyst at Phillip Futures. "It has eased some concerns on Chinese growth." China's economy grew 7.4 percent in the first quarter, from a year earlier, exceeding forecasts of 7.3 percent growth.Still, other commodity-specific Chinese data was weak ...

China iron ore steadies after 5-day drop; flurry of spot deals SHANGHAI: Chinese iron ore futures steadied on Thursday after falling for five straight sessions as cheaper spot prices lured buyers but a slowing economy in the world's top consumer of the steelmaking raw material is expected to keep future demand subdued.Eight cargoes of 61.2 percent-grade Australian Pilbara iron ore fines were sold on the Singapore-based globalORE platform, with some deals struck at between $116.5-117.5 a tonne on Thursday, traders said."Weak steel sales and high iron ...

ICE cotton rallies as dry skies stoke Texas supply worries NEW YORK: Cotton futures rallied on Wednesday, recovering the previous day's losses, as dry weather across major growing regions of Texas renewed U.S. supply worries.The most-active July cotton contract on ICE Futures U.S. rose 1.28 cent, or 1.4 percent, to settle at 92.57 cents a lb, while the spot May contract closed up 1.12 cents, or 1.2 percent, at 91.04 cents a lb.Clear skies over Texas, the top-producing U.S. state, ignited fresh buying as traders ...

Boosting West Coast exports seen key for moving bigger Canada crops WINNIPEG: Canada needs to invest in shipping more grains and oilseeds off the West Coast as harvests get larger, to avoid the massive transportation backlogs that followed last year's record crops, industry officials said on Wednesday.Last year, 19.3 million tonnes of grain moved in bulk and containers combined through Port Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, the country's biggest port, which connects Canadian commodities with Asian buyers, according to the port.But handling Canadian commodity volumes that are ...

CBOT corn falls most in two weeks on technical selling CHICAGO: US corn futures fell more than 1 percent on Wednesday, their biggest daily decline in two weeks, pressured by technical selling and forecasts for improved planting conditions in the US Midwest, traders said.The extended forecast for the region is mostly dry, which should allow farmers to plant corn after cool and wet weather resulted in a slow start to the planting season, said Kyle Tapley, meteorologist with MDA Weather Services.I think we will see ...

CBOT wheat falls 2 percent on profit-taking, rain forecast CHICAGO: Wheat futures on the Chicago Board of Trade fell about 2 percent on Wednesday after investors took profits following two sessions of steep gains and forecasts for light rains in the southern US Plains growing region, traders said.The wheat market remained underpinned by drought conditions in the Plains, with futures earlier in the session hitting a three-week high before turning lower."They (the Plains) might see a little bit of rain tomorrow, and then a ...

CBOT soybeans rally for third straight day CHICAGO: US soybean futures rose 1.2 percent on Wednesday, their third straight day of gains, on concerns about the tight US stocks situation and fresh fund buying, traders said.The front-month contract peaked at $15.22-3/4 a bushel, its highest on a continuous basis since hitting $15.26-1/4 on July 23.The May contract, hit a fresh high on Wednesday and closed above the high end of its 20-day Bollinger range for the first time since April 1.Traders noted ...


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