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Gold up 1.4pc on Ukraine, US jobs data has mixed impact NEW YORK/LONDON: Gold rose more than 1 percent on Friday, its biggest daily gain in two months, as rising geopolitical tensions and heavy short-covering helped bullion reverse an initial sharp sell-off after mixed U.S. job data.Bullion rallied on fears of more violence after news that several men were shot dead in clashes between pro-Russian protesters and Ukraine supporters and dozens of people killed in a fire in the trade union building in the largely Russian-speaking port city of Odessa.Traders said gold's ability to hold above key technical support at $1,275 an ounce set the stage for reversing initial heavy losses that followed data showing U.S. job growth had increased in April at its fastest pace in more than two years.Gold also benefited as early gains on Wall Street faded and investors retreated to long-dated government debt as enthusiasm over strong headline U.S. jobs growth was undercut by flat wages and ...

Raw sugar slips 2pc for day, ending rally; cocoa, coffee down too NEW YORK: Raw sugar prices fell on Friday, halting a three-day rise and trimming weekly gains, on concerns that global supplies of the sweetener might be on the rise despite uncertainties posed by drought in Brazil, the world's largest sugar grower.Cocoa futures edged lower, touching a two-month bottom, pressured by large West African crops and weak prices for beans auctioned by top producing country Ivory Coast.Arabica coffee gave up its early strength to close down ...
US wheat hits 14-month high on Plains drought, heat outlook CHICAGO: US wheat futures surged 2 percent to their highest levels in more than a year on Friday, bolstered by concerns of drought-reduced production in the southern Plains, where triple-digit temperatures could bake the crop this weekend.Corn extended losses after a tumble on Thursday tied to investor profit-taking and improving conditions for spring plantings in the US Midwest, while soybeans were slightly higher in a bargain-buying bounce following their largest declines since September.Temperatures in Kansas, ...
US sells 101,600 tonnes corn to unknown for 2013/14 WASHINGTON: Private exporters reported the sale of 101,600 tonnes of US corn to unknown destinations for delivery in 2013/14, which started on Sept. 1, the US Department of Agriculture said on Friday. By law, exporters must report promptly the sale of 100,000 tonnes or more of a commodity, or 20,000 tonnes of soyoil, to the same destination in one day. Sales of smaller amounts are reported on a weekly basis.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
ICE coffee prices fall back, commercial buying lifts cocoa NEW YORK/LONDON: Arabica coffee futures on ICE fell in thin dealings on Wednesday, as investors took profit from the previous session's five percent surge, while cocoa rose on commercial buying.Raw sugar contracts on ICE Futures U.S. were also firm but well off session highs following bearish output data from top grower Brazil, while traders focused on the May contract expiry later in the day.July arabica coffee futures on ICE finished down 6.05 cents, or 2.9 ...
Corn dips from 3-week high as soybeans fall, wheat rises CHICAGO: US corn fell on Wednesday, snapping four sessions of gains, as the stockpile of grain-based ethanol hit a nine-month high and meteorologists forecast more favorable conditions for US plantings.Soybean futures also eased, while wheat reversed earlier declines to notch the seventh straight session without a loss at the Chicago Board of Trade.End-of-the-month profit-taking weighed on each contract, while commercial traders also squared positions on the first notice day for deliveries against May futures contracts."The ...
Wheat futures rally; K.C. hard red winter hits 13-1/2-month high CHICAGO: US wheat futures rallied on Wednesday, with K.C. hard red winter wheat climbing 1.3 percent to its highest level since March 2013, on reports of poor crop conditions in Kansas fields, traders said.K.C. wheat, which has risen 10.3 percent during seven consecutive positive trading sessions, led MGEX spring wheat and Chicago Board of Trade soft red winter wheat higher.The Wheat Quality Council's annual tour of Kansas showed yield prospects for the crop in the ...

 



 
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