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Wheat eases, but stays near 6-month peak on Russian supply worries SYDNEY: US wheat futures fell on Thursday, edging down for the first time in six sessions, although losses were checked by persistent concerns over supply from key exporter Russia.Corn fell after firming more than 0.5 percent in the previous session, while soybeans also slipped.Chicago Board of Trade March wheat futures dipped 0.27 percent to $6.46-3/4 a bushel by 0230 GMT, after ending up 4 percent on Wednesday when prices hit a six-month top of $6.50-3/4 a bushel."Russia wheat exports, the possible lack of them really, remain the theme. Physical premiums for US wheat remain firm at port so there's no obvious sign yet that prices have overshot," said Tobin Gorey, director of agriculture strategy, Commonwealth Bank of Australia in a note to clients."Other observers are sceptical of the rally's foundations. We're not, we do think though that longevity is an area for debate."Wheat has surged more than 11 percent over ...

London copper mired near 1-week lows on China worries SYDNEY: London copper slipped on Tuesday to its lowest in a week after factory growth in top metals consumer China shrank in December for the first time in seven months, further curbing investor appetite for risk. Sentiment had already been soured by sliding oil prices, undermining support for metals. Crude prices plunged further on Monday after OPEC once again said it would not cut oil output despite fears of a glut, and a UAE official ...
LME copper shrugs off oil rout; China stimulus hopes support SYDNEY: London copper was steady on Monday, holding up despite a steep drop in crude oil, on expectations that China could move to shore up its economy and on tightening supply. Brent crude futures dropped as much as 2.5 percent on Monday to a new five-year low near $60 a barrel after the International Energy Agency forecast further price falls and OPEC's chief defended the group's decision not to cut its output target."What you're seeing ...
Wheat extends gains on fund buying PARIS/SYDNEY: Chicago wheat futures extended a rally on Friday to move above the psychological $6 barrier as buying interest from investment funds outweighed signs of large global supply and uncompetitive US export prices. Corn also rose for a second day, with the benchmark contract rising above $4 to its highest in nearly five months, and soybeans edged higher to trade close to a one-month high, with strong demand encouraging investors to overlook record supply. Chicago ...
Aluminium premiums expected to hit record high in 2015 SYDNEY: Global aluminium premiums are expected to reach fresh record highs by mid-2015 on a supply deficit in the United States and Europe, a Reuters survey showed.Premiums have surged this year, more than doubling in the United States, as a revival in auto demand spurred aluminium consumption, while smelter shutdowns and use of the metal in financing deals squeezed supply.But premiums next year will rise at a slower pace as new rules reduce queues at ...
Soybean prices edge higher, but South American output caps gains SYDNEY: US soybean futures rose on Thursday, rebounding from losses of more than 1.5 percent the day before, though gains were capped by forecasts of bumper Brazilian production.Wheat slid for a third consecutive session as global supply concerns eased, while corn edged higher, drawing some support from a lower than expected US Department of Agriculture ending stock forecast.Chicago Board of Trade January soybeans climbed 0.78 percent to $10.40 a bushel, having closed down 1.62 percent ...
Shanghai aluminium sinks to 7-month low as supply climbs SYDNEY: Shanghai aluminium plumbed its lowest level since May on Tuesday as growing overcapacity and the shaky outlook for demand in China curbed buying that had already begun to wane towards year-end. "Supply is growing steadily, with new capacity and idled plants (restarting)," said analyst Paul Adkins of consultancy AZ China in Beijing. "Demand is sputtering. It's a combination of weak macroeconomic signals and pre-year-end wind-down." The most traded February aluminium contract on the Shanghai ...

 



 
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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%
MonthlyMarch
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln