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Gold inches up on Japan easing hopes SINGAPORE: Gold inched up on Monday to reverse losses from the previous session, bolstered by expectations for aggressive monetary easing from the Bank of Japan.   The central bank may consider making an open-ended commitment to buy assets until a 2-percent inflation target is in sight at a policy meeting ending on Tuesday, driving the yen to a 2-1/2-year low and pushing Tokyo's benchmark gold to match a record of 4,911 yen a gram.   Monetary stimulus from central banks helped gold extend its bull run into a twelfth year in 2012, with investors fleeing to hard assets on worries that rampant cash printing would prompt currency debasement.  "There is attention on the Bank of Japan, which is really being pressured to embark on some very precious metals-friendly policy," said a Hong Kong-based trader.   Decent physical buying interest in Asia is also supporting prices, he added.   The upcoming Lunar New Year festivities in Asian countries including ...


China 2012 corn, rice imports at record high BEIJING: China, the world's top consumer of grains, imported a record high amount of corn and rice in 2012 while its wheat imports surged to a 8-year high, driven by strong domestic demand and cheap international prices during the first half of the year.   China will increasingly depend on overseas markets for its grain supplies as domestic production falls behind growing demand following the country's rapid urbanisation, Chinese agriculture officials say.   Imports of corn in 2012 rose ...

Qatari LNG tanker Mozah en route to UK port: AIS LONDON: Qatari liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker Mozah is sailing to a British port destination, according to AIS Live ship tracking data on Reuters.   The vessel is likely to arrive around Jan. 28, according to calculations made using www.searates.com.   The ship can carry up to 266,000 cubic metres of the super-cooled fuel. Copyright Reuters, 2013

Palm oil up on soy concerns, slow exports limit gains SINGAPORE: Malaysian palm oil futures edged up on Monday, supported by dry weather concerns in South America's soy-producing regions although gains were limited by the latest cargo surveyor data pointing to weaker exports of the tropical oil.   A turn to dry weather in Argentina and in southern Brazil may lead to a lower supply of soybeans and soybean oil, shifting some demand to competing palm oil that is trading at a hefty discount of above $300.   But ...

Copper edges higher as China SINGAPORE: London copper edged up on Monday after economic growth in top metals consumer China picked up speed in the fourth quarter, although annual growth slowed to its lowest since 1999.   A tepid recovery in Chinese consumption has underpinned copper so far this year but analysts expect slow trading conditions in the first quarter until after China's Lunar New Year holidays in February.   China accounts for around 40 percent of global refined copper consumption. A slowing Chinese ...

Gold inches up on Japan easing hopes SINGAPORE: Gold inched up on Monday to reverse losses from the previous session, bolstered by expectations for aggressive monetary easing from the Bank of Japan.   The central bank may consider making an open-ended commitment to buy assets until a 2-percent inflation target is in sight at a policy meeting ending on Tuesday, driving the yen to a 2-1/2-year low and pushing Tokyo's benchmark gold to match a record of 4,911 yen a gram.   Monetary stimulus from central ...

Iron ore seen in tight ranges this week; lean China demand SINGAPORE: Spot iron ore prices may be headed for more weakness this week amid lean demand from top buyer China, although expectations of tight supplies during the first quarter should keep losses in check.   Iron ore prices fell for the first time in seven weeks last week after a surge that pushed them to 15-month highs prompted Chinese mills to step back after aggressively replenishing stocks since December.   "Mills are not in the mood to buy anything ...


 



 
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