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Gold turns higher after Fed statement, dollar extends losses NEW YORK/LONDON: Gold turned higher on Wednesday, after the Federal Reserve said the U.S. economy is likely strong enough to support an interest rate increase by the end of 2015, causing the dollar to extend losses.The U.S. economy, after contracting in the first quarter, is now on track to grow between 1.8 percent and 2.0 percent this year, according to the central bank's latest policy statement and new projections issued by Fed policymakers.Spot gold was up 0.5 percent at $1,187.76 an ounce by 2:43 p.m. EDT (1843 GMT), after trading lower prior to the Fed statement. U.S. gold futures for August delivery settled down $4.10 at $1,176.80 an ounce."The FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) statement recognized a rebound in activity from the first quarter but otherwise was remarkably indistinct from March," said Tai Wong, director of base and precious metals trading for BMO Capital Markets in New York."The dot plot ...

Raw sugar rebounds from 6-1/2-year low, cocoa eases NEW YORK/LONDON: Raw sugar futures on ICE bounced higher on Wednesday, after failing to make a new 6-1/2-year low, while cocoa fell back from the prior session's 8-1/2 month high.Robusta coffee was mostly lower, although the spot contract's premium to September sharply extended its rise to the highest in more than a year as July options expired. Arabica coffee fell as July/September spreading boosted volume.Raw sugar prices initially extended last week's losses on large stocks, ...
Soybeans rally as planting slows, crop concerns emerge; corn firm CHICAGO: Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures rose as much as 2.5 percent on Tuesday, supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's cut to crop ratings and its report showing planting has fallen behind the typical pace, traders said.Corn futures rose too, firming on bargain buying after posting a sharp decline on Monday. The gains in corn, which also received support from declining crop ratings, pulled it from contract lows."The low held overnight thanks to ...
Gold dented by firm dollar ahead of Fed statement; Greece eyed NEW YORK/LONDON: Gold slipped on Tuesday as the dollar firmed as the U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting got underway, while a looming Greek crisis failed to trigger sustained demand for safe-haven assets.Spot gold fell 0.4 percent to $1,181.45 an ounce by 2:59 p.m. EDT (1959 GMT), while U.S. gold futures for August delivery settled down $4.90 an ounce at $1,180.90."Gold is weaker because people are still thinking that the U.S. economy is recovering," Citi strategist ...
Raw sugar falls to 6-1/2 year low, cocoa at 8-1/2-month high NEW YORK/LONDON: Raw sugar futures on ICE fell to a 6-1/2-year low for the second straight day on Tuesday, pressured by abundant supplies and chart-based sell signals, while cocoa extended gains to an 8-1/2 month high on momentum buying.Robusta coffee climbed, with the focus on the July/September spread, which rallied to the steepest premium in more than a year. Arabica rose but remained well within the range it has held for more than three months.Raw ...
Wheat hits 2-week low on plentiful US supply SINGAPORE: Chicago wheat futures fell more than 1 percent to their lowest level in two weeks on Monday, reflecting concern over high supply and weak demand for US cargoes.Wheat lost 2.6 percent last week, dropping from a two-month high on Wednesday after the US Department of Agriculture lifted its production estimate for the winter wheat crop as well as overall US ending stocks for 2015/16.Heavy rain last month in the central and southern US Plains ...
Wheat holds near one-week low as supply risks ease SINGAPORE: Chicago wheat futures traded near their lowest level in more than a week on Friday, having surrendered recent sharp gains amid plentiful global supplies.Wheat dropped from Wednesday's two-month high after the US Department of Agriculture said heavy rains in the southern and central US Plains boosted crop yields despite concern over winter wheat quality that had fuelled this month's rally.Wheat for July delivery on the Chicago Board of Trade was up 0.3 percent at ...

 



 
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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%
MonthlyMay
Trade Balance $-1.894 bln
Exports $1.953 bln
Imports $3.847 bln
WeeklyJuly 06, 2015
Reserves $18.201 bln