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NEW YORK/LONDON: Gold rose almost 1 percent in thin holiday trade o n M onday, breaking ranks with other commodities and equities, after disappointing US jobs data last week revived speculation that the Federal Reserve might try to stimulate the US economy. The precious metal, which fell more than 2 percent last week, also received a boost from physical buying out of India following the end of a jewelers strike. A bigger-than-expected increase in Chinese consumer prices in March contributed to the buying of gold as an inflation hedge. Bullion has dropped 8 percent since the end of February after a run of strong US economic data convinced many fund managers that the Fed would not launch another round of stimulus. However, market watchers said last Friday's data showing US employers had hired far fewer workers in March than in previous months could keep the door open for more US stimulus. "In the next few ...

NEW YORK: Cotton futures settled higher on Monday on speculative buying and switch business as players stepped up their transfer of positions out of the spot contract before it goes into delivery later this month, dealers said. The US cotton market was shut on Friday for the Easter break. The benchmark May cotton contract on the ICE Futures US exchange rose 0.94 cent to finish at 89.48 cents per lb, dealing from 88.50 to 90.24 cents. Monday's volume ...
CHICAGO: US corn fell 1 percent posting its biggest drop in five trading days and soy slipped a half percent on Monday as traders liquidated or sold some long holdings of each commodity before a US government grain report on Tuesday. "It's choppy before tomorrow's supply and demand numbers. Everyone is expecting the government to cut the stocks but there always could be a surprise," said Brian Hoops, analyst for Midwest Market Solutions. Wheat also eased in ...
NEW YORK: Gold rose modestly in anaemic spot trade on Friday after disappointing US payrolls figures revived talk about an extension of the Federal Reserve's stimulus measure, but gains were too mild to stem the first weekly loss in three weeks. With only a handful of ticks registering in the cash market due to the US and European exchange holidays, spot gold was bid at $1,637.99 an ounce by 8.54 am EST (1354 GMT), up about ...
NEW YORK: Cotton futures ended the shortened week lower on Thursday, extending the prior session's losses as investors continued to unwind long positions after Federal Reserve minutes showed policymakers had little appetite for more economic stimulus. US commodity and financial markets will be closed on Friday for the Good Friday holiday, and will reopen on Monday.  Late on Tuesday, the Fed released minutes from its March policy setters' meeting, which showed they were less keen on adding ...
CHICAGO: Soybean futures on the Chicago Board of Trade closed higher on Thursday on concerns about the size of South America's soy harvest and positioning ahead of a three-day US holiday weekend, traders said. * US grain markets will be closed on Friday for the Good Friday holiday. * Strong weekly US export sales added support. USDA reported export sales of US soybeans in the latest week at 1,112,900 tonnes (old and new crop years combined), above ...
CHICAGO: Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures closed weak on Thursday on good crop weather in the US and improved crop weather in Europe. * Some positioning was noted ahead of the long holiday weekend. CBOT markets will be closed Good Friday. * Position-squaring was noted ahead of the release on Tuesday of USDA's April supply/demand and crop production reports. An average of analysts' estimates pegged the 2011/12 US wheat ending stocks at 792 million bushels, below ...

 



 
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