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Iron ore seen at $80 long term as China steel output growth slows MELBOURNE: Iron ore is likely to hover around $80 a tonne in the long term amid limited growth in China's steel output, an industry association official said on Monday, discounting any sharp recovery in prices as a supply glut weighs on the market.China would produce about 800 million tonnes of crude steel a year for the next decade, said Li Xinchuang, deputy secretary general of the China Iron and Steel Association, capping the country's demand for raw material iron ore."The steel market in China will stabilise at a high level. That means it will give a stable market. But according to my understanding, Chinese production cannot go over 900 million tonnes," Li told a mining conference in Melbourne.China produced a record 779 million tonnes of crude steel in 2013, up 7.5 percent from the previous year.Iron ore prices have fallen nearly 40 percent this year, hitting $81.70 a tonne on ...

LME aluminium poised to break support at $1,980 SINGAPORE: LME aluminium is poised to break a support at $1,980 per tonne and fall further to $1,937, as indicated by a Fibonacci retracement analysis. The support is provided by the 38.2 percent Fibonacci retracement on the rise from the May 21 low of $1,754.75 to the Sept. 2 high of $2,119. The brief rebound triggered by this support has been completely reversed, indicating a resumption of the downtrend that developed from $2,119. Strategically, the ...
Copper set to end week flat on US rate hike worries MELBOURNE: London copper was set to end the week flat on Friday as concerns simmered over the timing of a possible US rate hike, while signs of slowing growth in top metals user China also dragged. The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped more than expected last week, suggesting a sharp slowdown in job growth in August was an aberration and reinforcing the market's view that US interest rates will climb ...
US wheat hits 4-year low as exports plunge SYDNEY: Chicago wheat futures fell to a more than four-year low on Friday, while the December contract was headed for a third straight weekly loss, after data from the US Department of Agriculture showed weekly exports sank more than 50 percent.Soybeans also plunged to their weakest since July 2010 as favorable weather continued to drag, putting prices of the oilseed on track for a sharp 11 percent weekly drop, while corn came down as harvest ...
London copper slips as markets eye steeper US rate hikes MELBOURNE: London copper slipped on Thursday after the Federal Reserve reaffirmed US interest rates would stay low in the short term but suggested hikes may follow more quickly when they do arrive, pushing up the dollar and cutting the price of commodities. The US central bank on Wednesday renewed its pledge to keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time", but also indicated it could raise borrowing costs faster than expected when it starts ...
London copper up as Fed rate hike expectations unwound MELBOURNE: London copper climbed on Wednesday to near its highest in a week as investors backed away from expectations the Federal Reserve would bring forward its timeline to raise interest rates at the end of its two-day meeting later in the session. The Wall Street Journal's Fed watcher Jon Hilsenrath said the central bank would keep the words "considerable time" in its policy statement, although it might qualify them.The phrase has become a touchstone for ...
London copper inches up, Fed meeting in focus MELBOURNE: London copper edged up on Tuesday from near three-month lows, as traders squared their books ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting that is expected to offer clues on when US interest rates will climb.London Metal Exchange aluminium, nickel and zinc all rose around 1 percent, with lead up around half a percent, although traders noted that volumes were lower than usual. "There's an element of retracement from yesterday's weakness and possibly a bit of ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyAugust
Trade Balance $-1.434 bln
Exports $1.930 bln
Imports $3.364 bln
WeeklySeptember 18, 2014
Reserves $13.525 bln