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Raw sugar sinks to 6-1/2-year low, coffee down on weak real NEW YORK/LONDON: ICE raw sugar futures extended losses and tumbled to a 6-1/2-year low in heavy volume on Thursday after weakness in Brazil's currency triggered automatic sell orders, while arabica coffee prices saw their biggest tumble in three weeks. Cocoa futures also dropped, with the New York July/September spread falling to a contract low. Volume was heavy in all three US soft commodities on heavy spreading on the final day of the index fund roll, traders said. That was in line with weakness in the 19-commodity Thomson Reuters/CRB CoreCommodity Index, which dropped around 1.4 percent, its first decline in five sessions. The Brazilian real, the currency of the world's biggest producer of sugar and coffee, fell against the US dollar as Brazil's central bank vowed to prevent inflation from remaining high for the long term. Weakness in the currency can spur producer and speculative selling. The spot raw sugar contract ...

CBOT soybeans drop on rainy US Midwest forecast CHICAGO: Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures fell on Thursday, with new-crop contracts posting the biggest declines on forecasts for rain that was seen as beneficial for crop development across much of the US Midwest, traders said.CBOT November soybeans, the first contract to track the crops that will be harvested this fall, dropped 1.3 percent. Front-month July soybeans shed 0.9 percent of their value.Sharp declines in soyoil, which fell for the fourth straight session, also ...
CBOT corn edges lower as dollar firms, wheat tumbles CHICAGO: Chicago Board of Trade corn futures eased to their lowest levels in more than a week on Thursday, pressured by a firmer dollar and sharply lower wheat and soybean prices, traders said.Declines in corn were smaller than those seen in wheat and soybeans, but the lack of any bullish news weighed on corn for the second straight session. The dollar gained against a basket of currencies, making US goods less attractive in export markets.Weekly ...
Gold snaps three-day rally as dollar extends gains after US data NEW YORK/LONDON: Gold prices fell on Thursday, snapping three days of gains, as global stock markets and the dollar rose after strong US economic data, feeding expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in 2015. US retail sales increased 1.2 percent in May, topping the 1.1 percent growth expected by economists. Separately, US import prices rose in May after 10 months of declines, while weekly jobless claims rose slightly more than expected but ...
CBOT wheat hits 1-week low on export competition, firmer dollar CHICAGO: Wheat futures on the Chicago Board of Trade fell to a one-week low on Thursday on a rebound in the dollar and reminders that US wheat is uncompetitive, traders said.Egypt's state grain supplier bought 60,000 tonnes of Russian wheat at an international tender. The Russian grain was offered at $190.50 per tonne FOB, while the lone US offer of soft red winter wheat was priced at $227.67 FOB.The dollar firmed on strong US retail ...
Wheat slips further after USDA lifts supply view SINGAPORE: Chicago wheat dropped further on Thursday after tumbling more than 3 percent in the prior session in its sharpest slide in two weeks, as the US boosted its supply outlook following heavy rains.The US Department of Agriculture said rains across the southern and central US Plains throughout May increased wheat production in that area. The government forecast US winter wheat production at 1.505 billion bushels, up 33 million bushels from its estimate last month.USDA ...
Gold up but range-bound; focus on US rate hike timing NEW YORK/LONDON: Gold rose on Tuesday as European stock markets fell and commodities picked up across the board, but prices remained range-bound as investors awaited clearer signals on the timing of an expected US interest rate hike. Spot gold was up 0.3 percent at $1,176.88 an ounce at 3:27 p.m. EDT (1927 GMT), while US gold futures for August delivery settled up $4 at $1,177.60 an ounce.Gold fell to $1,162.35 on Friday, its lowest level ...

 



 
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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%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
Reserves $18.677 bln