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Palladium jumps to 2011 highs after early buying burst NEW YORK/LONDON: Palladium prices shot through $800 an ounce for the first time in almost three years on Friday after a burst of heavy early buying triggered light buy stops as investors bet on tightening supplies from top exporter Russia and strong automotive demand.Gold held around 2-1/2-week highs on Friday, heading for its biggest weekly gain in a month on sagging risk appetite and increasing hopes the U.S. Federal Reserve will hold off on raising interest rates as soon as early next year.Standing out in a broadly flat market, palladium, the smallest of the four precious metal contracts, took off midmorning after "light" buy stops were triggered after piercing $800 per ounce for the first time since June 2011, a broker said.The move was not mirrored anywhere else in the precious complex or financial market and what kicked off the sudden flurry of buying was not immediately clear.But it was ...

CBOT corn eases on forecasts for improved US planting weather  CHICAGO: US corn futures eased for a third straight session on Friday, pressured by forecasts for dry conditions and moderating temperatures in the Midwest late next week that could allow farmers to plant in the world's largest producer of the grain, traders said.Most-active Chicago Board of Trade May corn futures posted the longest streak of declines since February and declined for the week for the first time in a month.Prices remained near the seven-month high ...
CBOT soybeans fall for second day in a row CHICAGO: US soybean futures dropped 1.2 percent on Friday, their second straight day of declines, due to technical selling and pressure from Chinese buyers cancelling imports due to credit problems, traders said.Weakness in soymeal, which dropped 1.4 percent on light end user demand and a softening basis on the cash market, also weighed on soybeans.For the week, the benchmark Chicago Board of Trade May soybean futures contract fell 0.7 percent, breaking a string of three ...
Coffee drops from 2-yr high on rain forecast; sugar slips NEW YORK/LONDON: Arabica coffee futures on ICE turned lower for the first time in seven sessions on Friday, on forecasts for rain in top grower Brazil, but made their strongest weekly performance in five weeks after surging to two-year highs on output concerns.London white sugar futures on Liffe dropped 3 percent ahead of Tuesday's May contract expiry, which is expected to feature Guatemalan and Mexican supplies delivered to the tape. Raw sugar on ICE Futures ...
Brazil coffee producers ask government to sell public stocks SAO PAULO: Brazilian coffee producers are asking the government to consider selling the estimated 1.6 million bags in its stocks to curb price volatility and speculation as market players wait for more details on the extent of drought damage to this year's crop.The Brasilia-based National Coffee Council said in an e-mail on Friday it had raised the issue of using public stocks to control prices with the finance and agriculture ministries this week, at the ...
Coffee falls from 2-year high on rain forecast; sugar drops NEW YORK/LONDON: Arabica coffee futures on ICE turned lower for the first time in seven sessions on Friday, on forecasts for rain in top grower Brazil, but remained on track for their strongest weekly performance in seven weeks after surging to two-year highs. London white sugar futures on Liffe dropped more than 5 percent ahead of Tuesday's May contract expiry, which is expected to feature Guatemalan and Mexican supplies delivered to the tape. Raw sugar ...
Argentine soy harvest progresses despite heavy rains: exchange BUENOS AIRES: Argentina's soy harvest progressed over the last week despite heavy rains that battered parts of the Pampas farm belt, the Buenos Aires Grains Exchange said in a report on Thursday.The country, the world's top exporter of soymeal and soyoil, as well as the No. 3 supplier of raw beans, is expecting a record crop of at least 54 million tonnes."The storm front interrupted harvesting but at different times and in different areas, which ...

 



 
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