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EU 2016/17 wheat exports reach 10.2mn T, 247,000 T this week      PARIS: European Union soft wheat exports in the 2016/17 season had reached 10.210 million tonnes by Nov. 29, up 9 percent from 9.337 million tonnes exported by the same period last season, official data showed on Thursday.  In the latest reporting week, the EU exported 247,000 tonnes of soft wheat, on the basis of a revised week-earlier total of 9.963 million tonnes, the data showed.  The EU changed last month its reporting system for grain exports and imports, which are now based on actual export shipments declared to customs services and no longer on licences requested.  Volumes under the new customs-based system are subject to revision in the following weeks, leading to volatility in weekly variations.  EU barley exports so far this season were 1.723 million tonnes, down 66 percent from a year earlier and including 30,000 tonnes in the latest reporting week, the data showed.  In maize, cumulative imports so far in 2016/17 were 3.610 million tonnes, down 19 percent, including ...

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Tunisia tenders to buy 109,000 T wheat, 50,000 T barley      HAMBURG: Tunisia's state grains agency has issued international tenders to purchase up to 109,000 tonnes of soft milling wheat and 50,000 tonnes of feed barley, European traders said on Thursday.  The origin was optional and tender deadline is Friday, Dec. 2, they said.  The wheat was sought for a range of shipment dates in 2017 from Jan. 5 to Feb. 25, depending on origin, they said.  The barley was sought for a range of 2017 shipment dates from Jan. 5 to ...

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Gold hits 10-month low after biggest monthly drop in 3 years         LONDON: Gold hit its lowest since February on Thursday, extending losses after its biggest monthly decline in more than three years, as a surge in oil prices boosted bond yields, denting interest in non-yielding gold as an alternative investment.The precious metal fell more than 8 percent in November, hurt by a jump in the dollar and Treasury yields after Donald Trump's surprise election to the US presidency last month, and by expectations that the Federal Reserve is gearing up to lift ...

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Gold pressured by firm dollar, vulnerable to downside LONDON: Gold was barely changed on Wednesday, but some analysts say there is scope for further downside after bullion endured its worst month of losses since June 2013.Gold has shed about 7 percent in November and analyst Daniel Briesemann at Commerzbank in Frankfurt reckons that bullion has not yet stabilised."Recently there's been a perfect storm against gold with higher risk appetite, rising stock markets and bond yields, massive ETF (exchange traded fund) outflows and the withdrawal of speculative financial investors," he said."We ...

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Copper falls to 1-week low, reality check stalls rally LONDON: Copper fell to one-week lows on Wednesday as investors cut bets on higher prices due to growing doubts that this month's sizzling rally was built on solid fundamentals.   Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange fell to a one-week low of $5,612.50, before inching up 0.7 percent to $5,744 a tonne. The metal used widely in power and construction hit $6,045.50 on Monday, its highest since June last year. "Fundamentals haven't really changed...speculative flows have been reversed," said Haitong Bank analyst Andrew ...

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Raw sugar edges up as fund selling abates LONDON: Raw sugar futures on ICE edged higher on Monday as a bout of fund selling which drove prices to a 2-1/2 month low last week appeared to have abated. March raw sugar was up 0.17 cents, or 0.9 percent, at 20.01 cents per lb at 1305 GMT.The front month had dipped to a low of 19.57 cents on Wednesday, its weakest since Sept. 1, and rebounded off a low of 19.58 cents on Friday. ...

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China-driven rally sends zinc to near decade high, lead soars LONDON: Zinc soared to a nine-year high on Monday and lead hit a five-year peak as reports of more infrastructure investment in China and signs of strong property investment in the world's top metals user sparked heavy buying. Zinc, used to galvanise steel, was the biggest winner as Chinese steel futures jumped to 31-month highs, driven also by a rotation of funds into risky assets, supported by optimism over global growth into 2017. China on ...