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Gold jumps after downbeat March, awaits US jobs data NEW YORK/LONDON: Gold rallied 2 percent on Wednesday as the dollar retreated after a downbeat US jobs report raised expectations that the Federal Reserve could be more cautious in tightening monetary policy. The dollar fell 0.2 percent against a basket of currencies, after weaker-than-expected ADP private jobs data raised concerns that Friday's impending jobs report could also point to worsening conditions in the labor market. "There is so much discord in the US data that is difficult to find what exactly the next report is going to be.It's the uncertainty that pushes people towards safe-haven assets such as gold," ING Bank senior strategist Hamza Khan said. Spot gold rose 2.2 percent to a session high of $1,208.90 an ounce, and was trading up 1.8 percent at $1,204.90 at 2:12 p.m. EDT (1812 GMT).US gold futures for June delivery settled up 2.1 percent at $1,208.20. A strong reading from the US ...

CBOT soybeans close up 1.6 percent CHICAGO: Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures rose 1.6 percent on Wednesday, extending a rally sparked by a government report on Tuesday that showed US farmers planned to plant fewer acres of the oilseed than expected.Buying accelerated after the benchmark CBOT May contract broke through resistance at its 30-day, 40-day and 50-day moving averages.Traders also noted the unwinding of long corn/short soybean spreads.CBOT front-month soybean futures hit their highest since March 12 during Wednesday's trading ...
CBOT corn rises 1.5pc in rebound as wheat surges CHICAGO: Chicago Board of Trade corn futures rose 1.5 percent on Wednesday, rebounding from their largest losses in nine months during the previous session on support from a steep rise in wheat prices, traders said.Most-active CBOT May corn earlier fell to the lowest levels since March 20 before edging higher and then extending gains late in the session. The rally in corn came in tandem with a more than 3 percent spike in wheat futures ...
Sugar, cocoa gain as fund money pours in at start of quarter NEW YORK/LONDON: Raw sugar futures saw their largest single-session gain in nearly two months on Wednesday as the real currency of top-grower Brazil rallied and speculator money poured into underperforming commodities on the first day of the new quarter. Cocoa on ICE Futures US gained, also benefiting from the capital inflows, while arabica coffee futures rallied on the firmer real before paring gains late in the session. "There's new money coming into the markets for ...
Dollar retreats on weak data as new quarter begins NEW YORK: The dollar fell on Wednesday at the start of the second quarter as disappointing data on U.S. manufacturing and jobs growth raised bets the Federal Reserve might refrain from raising interest rates until late 2015 at the earliest.The soft readings reinforced the notion that the recent surge in the greenback has hurt exporters and dragged on the economy, which would worry Fed policymakers.Payroll processor ADP said U.S. companies added 189,000 workers in March, ...
CBOT soy ends up as USDA acreage, stocks fall below expectations CHICAGO: Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures ended higher Tuesday after the US Department of Agriculture's estimates of US plantings and March 1 stocks came in below trade expectations, traders said.USDA said US farmers intend to plant a record-high 84.6 million acres of soybeans in 2015, a figure that nonetheless fell below the average trade estimate of 85.9 million.USDA reported US March 1 soybean stocks at 1.334 billion bushels, up 34 percent from a year ...
Sugar edges down to 2009 lows, cocoa at 8-week trough NEW YORK/LONDON: Raw sugar on ICE inched down to its lowest in more than six years on Tuesday as abundant supplies continued to weigh on prices, while cocoa slipped to eight-week lows on favorable weather before the start of West African mid crops. Activity in the second day of trading of two new euro-based cocoa contracts was again quiet. Arabica coffee futures corrected higher after a 4 percent fall on chart-based pressure in the prior ...

 



 
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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
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln