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Copper drops after weak China, euro zone data  LONDON: Copper slipped on Thursday, retreating from 4-1/2 month highs in the previous session as confidence was shaken by data showing a downturn in business activity in the euro zone service sector and a contraction in manufacturing in top copper consumer China. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange closed down 1 percent at $8,265 a tonne, coming off an intraday low of $8,194. Prices touched their highest levels since early May on Wednesday, supported by a surprise decision from the Bank of Japan to further ease its monetary policy. The benchmark industrial metal has gained 13 percent since early August on optimism over bond buying by the European Central Bank and stimulus measures in the United States and China, but is still shy of a yearly peak of $8,765 hit in February. "For copper, the market was stalling for more than three months in a tight range. Then you had QE3 and ...

US soybean yields improve after late summer rains  CHICAGO: Late summer rains during the worst drought in 56 years arrived in time to buoy US soybean production but were too late to salvage the stunted corn crop, analysts said on Tuesday. Fourteen analysts polled by Reuters, on average, estimated a soybean yield of 35.85 bushels per acre, up from the US Department of Agriculture's Sept. 12 forecast of 35.3 bushels - the first time analysts have raised their yield estimate this season. In contrast, the ...
US fruit giant Dole in $1.7bn deal with Japan WASHINGTON: The US fruit giant Dole announced it has reached a deal to sell its worldwide packaged food and Asia fresh produce businesses to Japanese trading house Itochu for nearly $1.7 billion.   The $1.685 billion deal is still subject to approval from shareholders and regulatory authorities in "multiple countries" the company said in a statement.   "Cash proceeds from the transaction will be used by Dole for debt reduction, to pay deal-related expenses, and for restructuring and other ...
ICE canola plunges with soybeans, as US yields improve  WINNIPEG: ICE Canada canola futures dove on Monday to their biggest daily percentage loss in two months, pulled down by a plunge in soybean prices as US yields were reported better than expected. * Fund selling on worsening technicals and commercial hedges late in the session extended canola's losses - trader. * November canola lost $30, or 4.6 percent, to $621.60 per tonne on volume of 14,432 contracts, snapping a three-session winning streak. * January canola shed $29.70 ...
Rail offers ease on better supply, demand poor  CHICAGO: Spot basis offers for soymeal were lower at rail markets and mostly steady at truck and export points around the United States on Monday as farmers gathered soybeans at a record-fast pace, dealers said. * Demand from livestock and poultry producers remained poor despite Chicago Board of Trade soymeal futures falling the daily limit of $20 per ton to touch the lowest level in 1-1/2 months. * Many end users were delaying purchases of the animal ...
ICE coffee and cocoa tumble, sugar inches up  NEW YORK/LONDON: ICE arabica coffee futures dropped 3 percent on Monday, turning lower on a wave of profit-taking after failing to hit an eight-week high, while cocoa markets tumbled from their recent consolidation range. The benchmark sugar contracts edged up with October options expiry keeping the raws near the key 20-cent strike price. ICE December arabica coffee futures were down 4.90 cents, or 2.7 percent, to $1.7620 per lb by 1:26 p.m. EDT (1726 GMT), after hitting ...
CBOT corn drops on harvest, long-liquidation  CHICAGO: Chicago Board of Trade corn futures were lower on Monday on long-liquidation amid seasonal harvest pressure that helped buoy confidence in planting corn there for harvest in 2013, traders said. * A Reuters POLL of 11 analysts showed US corn harvest 24 percent complete, up from 15 percent a week ago and ahead of the record harvest pace of 18 percent set two years ago. * Slower harvest progress is expected this week in the US ...


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