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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 Board of Trade March wheat futures rose 1.5 percent to $6.06-1/2 a bushel by 1234 GMT. The benchmark contract jumped 2.6 percent on Thursday after a late surge linked to fund buying, and traders said this spilled over into Friday's session."It looks like funds are buying to close their books for the end of the year. They bought 7,000 wheat contracts yesterday which is a big move," one European broker said. "Whereas from a fundamental ...

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 ...
Soybeans fall as market readies for USDA report SYDNEY: US soybean futures fell for the first time in five sessions on Tuesday, edging back from a one-week high and snapping the longest winning streak in nearly four months as traders squared positions ahead of a widely watched US government report.Corn fell, extending losses into a second session, while wheat fell for the first time in four sessions.Chicago Board of Trade January soybeans, the front month contract, fell 0.36 percent to $10.40 a bushel, ...
Wheat falls 1pc as supply worries ease, soybeans near 1-week high SYDNEY: US wheat futures fell nearly 1 percent on Monday, losing all their gains from the previous session, as global supply concerns eased.Soybeans edged lower for the first time in four sessions, though prices continued to hover close to a one-week high on export demand and soymeal strength.Corn also fell for the first time in four sessions.Chicago Board of Trade March wheat futures fell 0.6 percent to $5.90-1/2 a bushel by 0217 GMT, having fallen ...
London copper steady; eyes on China trade data SYDNEY: London copper was steady on Monday and holding above last week's four-and-a-half-year lows, with expectations of further stimulus from China supporting prices after trade data was weaker than expected. "The risk is that we see further liquidation of positions, considering no one is confident of the (global economic) outlook, particularly in early 2015," said analyst Daniel Hynes of ANZ in Sydney. China's exports rose 4.7 percent in November from a year earlier, while imports ...

 



 
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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 01, 2015
Reserves $18.5 bln