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Soybeans rally to 1-week high; wheat falls to 1-month low CHICAGO: Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures climbed to a one-week high on Wednesday on technical buying and data showing US processors crushed more soybeans in March than analysts expected.Corn followed soybeans higher while wheat fell to a one-month low, extending this week's losses on forecasts for drought-relieving showers in the US Plains.At the CBOT, May soybean futures settled up 4-3/4 cents at $9.65 per bushel, after trading as high as $9.76-3/4.May wheat ended down 6-1/4 cents at $4.90-3/4 a bushel while May corn rose 2-1/2 cents at $3.76 a bushel.Soybeans climbed on short-covering ahead of monthly data from the National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA). The trade group said its members crushed 162.8 million bushels of soybeans in March, well above the average trade estimate of 155.3 million.However, the market pared gains after the NOPA data was released."While NOPA was supportive, it's significant that it did not drive us higher," ...


ICE May white sugar delivery seen at 183,750 tonnes NEW YORK: Trade house ED&F Man was expected to be the sole buyer of 183,750 tonnes of white sugar delivered against the ICE May refined sugar futures contract that expired on Wednesday, said US traders.The modest delivery of 3,675 lots, worth about $68 million, of sugar was expected to be of Guatemalan, Brazilian and Thai origins and was broadly in line with expectations, the traders said. A spokesman for ED&F Man could not be reached ...

Copper price to struggle even as mine outages slash market surplus LONDON: Faltering demand in leading global copper consumer China will see prices of the metal struggle to gain traction this year, despite disruptions at mines that will slash the expected market surplus by half, a Reuters poll showed.Aluminium prices will also face headwinds as the market braces for more oversupply, having previously been expected to flip into deficit for the first time in nine years, the poll showed.Analysts trimmed forecasts of expected shortages in other ...

Gold down on recovering dollar, stronger equities LONDON: Gold edged lower on Wednesday as European shares advanced and the dollar recouped losses made after weaker than expected U.S. economic data.Spot gold was down 0.2 percent at $1,191.18 an ounce by 1153 GMT, not far off a two-week low of $1,183.68 on Tuesday.U.S. gold for June delivery dropped $1.40 to $1,191.20 an ounce.Bullion fell as much as 1.2 percent in the previous session, before paring losses on a lower dollar after data showed ...

TOCOM rebounds following higher Shanghai in light trade TOKYO: Benchmark Tokyo rubber futures rebounded on Wednesday, tracking higher Shanghai futures and on short-covering after China GDP came in line with expectations, but trade was light as physical traders in Thailand were away due to holiday, dealers said.The Tokyo Commodity Exchange (TOCOM) rubber contract for September delivery finished 2.8 yen, or 1.4 percent higher, at 198.8 yen ($2) per kg.TOCOM futures, which set the tone for tyre rubber prices in Southeast Asia, rose to ...

Gold down on rebounding dollar, stronger equities LONDON: Gold edged lower on Wednesday as European shares advanced and the dollar recouped losses made after weaker than expected U.S. economic data.Spot gold was down 0.3 percent at $1,189.51 an ounce by 0944 GMT, not far off a two-week low of $1,183.68 on Tuesday.U.S. gold for June delivery dropped $3.20 to $1,189.40 an ounce.Bullion fell as much as 1.2 percent in the previous session, before paring losses on a lower dollar after data showed ...

Palm up for 4th day to 1-week high as Indonesian levy draws close KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian palm oil futures rose to a one-week high on Wednesday, stretching gains into a fourth day as top grower Indonesia moved closer to laying on levies which may make its palm more expensive for importers.The Southeast Asian country plans to impose a levy of $50/tonne when the crude palm oil export tax is zero, where the money gained be used to fund new biodiesel subsidies and policies. The regulation will be implemented ...


 



 
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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%
MonthlyMarch
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
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WeeklyApril 16, 2015
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