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TOCOM rebounds after 4-day losing streak on short-covering TOKYO: Benchmark Tokyo rubber futures rose on Thursday, snapping a four-session losing streak and recovering from a three-week low hit in the prior session, as an overnight rebound in oil prices prompted short-covering, dealers said.The Tokyo Commodity Exchange rubber contract for September delivery closed 0.7 yen, or 0.3 percent, higher at 205.6 yen ($2) per kg."Higher oil prices led to a flurry of buys in early trade," said Jiong Gu, analyst at Yutaka Shoji Co.Both Brent and U.S crude prices gained on Wednesday after data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) showed a fall in rigs drilling for oil resulted in a drop in U.S. output last week for the first time since late-December.But oil prices fell again on Thursday as attention returned to nuclear talks with Iran, with the prospects for a deal and an increase in Iranian crude exports helping to keep pressure on prices."Rubber prices rebounded a ...

Palm trades positive in thin volume, fresh drivers awaited JAKARTA: Malaysian palm oil futures rose on Thursday, with prices range-bound as many traders sat on their hands as they awaited fresh impetus and direction in a lacklustre market with thin volumes."The market has hardly moved -- just a few points," said a trader with a foreign commodities brokerage in Kuala Lumpur. "There needs to be a driver for the market to go outside 10 points."By the midday break, the benchmark June contract on Bursa ...
Gold holds gains as market braces for weak US jobs data SINGAPORE: Gold hovered above $1,200 an ounce on Thursday, clinging to gains from the prior session when it rose the most in two months, after weak U.S. private jobs data suggested that a more comprehensive employment report could disappoint.Indications that the U.S. economy slowed significantly in the first quarter are boding well for safe-haven assets such as gold which is trading not far off a three-week high reached last week.U.S. private employers added the smallest ...
Corn set for biggest weekly loss in 2 months on ample supply SINGAPORE: U.S. corn futures fell on Thursday and were on track for the biggest weekly loss in two months, as ample supplies and expectations of high spring planting dragged on prices.Soybeans edged down, but prices are up this week on outlook for lower U.S. planting. Wheat has risen more than 3 percent this week as adverse weather threatens the U.S. winter crop."There is short covering in the soybean market but corn continues to remain under ...
TOCOM falls for 4th session on weak oil, China worries TOKYO: Benchmark Tokyo rubber futures fell for a fourth straight session to a fresh 3-week low on Wednesday as plunging oil prices and nagging concerns about slack demand in top consumer China weighed on investor sentiment, dealers said.The Tokyo Commodity Exchange rubber contract for September delivery closed 1.0 yen, or 0.5 percent, lower at 204.9 yen ($2) per kg. It fell to as low as 203.9 yen on Wednesday, close to an intra-day low 203.5 ...
Soybeans rise to 1-week high, corn recovers after selloff SINGAPORE: US soybean futures rose for a third consecutive session on Wednesday to a one-week high after a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) forecast of smaller-than-expected plantings in the United States this year.Corn rose on expectations of a rise in demand after prices tumbled in the previous session on pressure from the same USDA forecast, which also put corn plantings and inventories above traders' estimates.Chicago Board of Trade May soybeans rose 0.5 percent to $9.78-1/4 ...
Palm down on concerns over increased production JAKARTA: Malaysian palm oil futures edged lower on Wednesday as worries over increased production and a stronger ringgit dampened buying."Strong growth in March and April production is seen as a bearish factor. The March Southern Palm Oil Millers Association figures released today showed and increase of a whopping 48 percent," a trader with a local commodities brokerage in Kuala Lumpur said.By the day's close, the benchmark June contract on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives was down 0.51 ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,080.14 0.12
Arrow Nasdaq 5,092.09 0.71
Arrow S&P 2,117.69 0.23
Arrow FTSE 7,070.70 0.24
Arrow DAX 11,810.85 0.74
Arrow CAC-40 5,201.45 0.44
Arrow Nikkei 20,020.04 0.83
Arrow H.Seng 28,060.98 0.84
Arrow Sensex 27,437.94 1.07

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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