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London copper holds ground, but economic growth worries drag SYDNEY: London copper held its ground on Thursday after logging its biggest daily fall in six months the session before, with mounting concerns over global growth stoking selling across other metals. US retail sales declined in September as consumers pulled back on spending for a range of items, a worrisome economic signal that helped fuel a sell-off on Wall Street. The rout extended to commodities, with nickel, zinc and lead on the London Metal Exchange falling more than 2 percent on Wednesday.They stretched losses into Thursday, when nickel hit a six-month low and lead fell to its weakest in nearly a year and a half. "Talk of stimulus programmes suggests that there is a realisation that without these measures, we could have dire economic consequences, and that's what people are thinking about in this rout," said Jonathan Barratt, chief investment officer at Ayers Alliance in Sydney. "The good thing is ...

Corn rebounds from sharp losses, dry weather f'cast caps gains SYDNEY: US corn futures edged higher on Thursday after losses of more than 2.5 percent in the previous session, but gains were capped by forecasts of dry weather that should help harvesting.Wheat rose, drawing support from a weaker US dollar, while soybean prices edged lower.Chicago Board of Trade front-month corn futures climbed 0.36 percent to $3.48-3/4 a bushel, having closed down 2.7 percent the day before.Corn has drawn support from a weaker dollar, which makes ...
LME copper slips from 2-wk peak, growth worries linger SYDNEY: London copper slipped on Tuesday from two-week peaks hit the session before after comments by the Federal Reserve fuelled worries over global growth, disturbing a fragile calm after robust Chinese economic data. China posted a surprisingly strong trade performance in September, soothing worries over a slowdown in the world's top metals user. It also logged a nearly 15 percent jump in copper imports. "The follow through from yesterday's trade data looks a little bit ...
Corn prices fall as bumper production offsets harvest delays SYDNEY: US corn futures edged lower on Tuesday, falling after the grain posted its biggest one-day gain in nine months, as expectations for bumper production offset support from harvest delays.Soybean prices rose, extending gains into a second session on reports of variable yields and harvest delays, while wheat fell for the first time in three sessions.Chicago Board of Trade front-month corn futures had fallen 0.1 percent to $3.45-3/4 a bushel by 0136 GMT, having closed ...
Australia's Queensland Jan-Sept coal exports hit record SYDNEY: Despite depressed coal prices, Australian coal exports from the key Australian state of Queensland climbed 12 percent to a record 158.5 million tonnes in the first nine months of this year, industry figures released on Monday showed. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche said the figures compiled by his group confirmed the coal industry's determination to ride out the current price downturn. "Volume is replacing price, reflected in record export production," Roche said. ...
Corn drops on USDA's bumper crop forecast; wheat, soy gain SYDNEY: Chicago corn dropped on Monday, stretching its losses into a second straight session after a report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) showed the country's output of the grain was set to exceed the already-forecast record high levels.Wheat edged up as the USDA pegged supplies below market expectations, while soybeans firmed after a sharp 2 percent drop in the previous session.Chicago Board of Trade front-month corn futures fell 0.3 percent to $3.33 a ...
LME copper buoyed by brighter China trade data SYDNEY: London copper climbed on Monday after Chinese data painted a slightly brighter picture of the world's second largest econmy, adding to supportive comments by China's leaders about the country's economic growth prospects. China's export and import performance in September easily beat forecasts, with imports showing unexpected buoyancy, helping to ease concerns about deteriorating domestic demand. The turnaround in trade performance in the third quarter was a result of government measures and stronger foreign demand, ...


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.664 bln
Exports $1.966 bln
Imports $3.630 bln
WeeklyJanuary 25, 2015
Reserves $15.019 bln