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Gold up 2 percent as dollar drops on US jobs data LONDON: Gold rose two percent to above $1,200 an ounce on Wednesday, heading for a second session of gains as the dollar hit a near three-month low after disappointing US employment data. US retail sales were also unchanged in April as households cut back on purchases of automobiles and other big-ticket items, suggesting the economy was struggling to make a strong rebound after barely growing in the first quarter. Spot gold hit a five-week high of $1,218 an ounce after the US data and was trading up 1.9 percent at $1,217.60 an ounce by 1432 GMT. The metal added to Tuesday's one percent gains, when it benefited from the softer dollar and volatility in global bond markets. "A close above technical resistance at $1,215 could help gold exiting the narrow trading range between $1,175 and $1,225 the metal has been confined over the past ten weeks," ActivTrades chief analyst Carlo ...

Copper falls on weak China data, stimulus prospects limit losses LONDON: Copper dipped on Wednesday as weak economic data from top consumer China dominated sentiment, but a weaker dollar and expectations of further stimulus helped limit the losses. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange fell 0.5 percent to $6,406 a tonne by 1446 GMT after modest gains in the previous session when the metal used in the power and construction sectors rose to a one-week high of $6,459 a tonne. China's investment growth rate ...
EU wheat tracks Chicago bounce ahead of USDA report PARIS: European wheat futures rose on Tuesday on the back of a short-covering rally in Chicago, but volumes were thin as traders awaited a U.S. government crop report that will offer an initial take on global supply and demand next season.December milling wheat, the new-crop benchmark and most active position on Euronext, was 1.50 euros or 0.9 percent higher at 176.50 euros a tonne by 1512 GMT.The contract was continuing to recover from a seven-month ...
Gold up 1 percent on weaker dollar, shares; eyes on bond yields LONDON: Gold rose up to one percent on Tuesday as the dollar and European shares suffered from a sell-off in global bond markets, although higher real yields kept prices under $1,200 an ounce.Spot gold rose to a session high of $1,196.60 an ounce and was trading up 0.9 percent at $1,194.10 by 1131 GMT, while US gold futures for June delivery were up $10.50 at $1,193.50 an ounce. The dollar index, which measures the US ...
Weaker dollar fuels copper gains LONDON: Copper climbed on Tuesday thanks to a weaker dollar and higher oil prices while the market awaited clues on the strength of demand from top consumer China. Benchmark copper was untraded in the rings, but bid higher at $6,440 a tonne in official rings from Monday's last bid at $6,360. The metal used in the power sector and construction is up more than 10 percent since mid-March. "The lower dollar lends support," Danske Bank ...
Raw sugar dips from near two-month high, cocoa steadies LONDON: Raw sugar futures on ICE eased on Tuesday from a near two-month high, yet underpinned by strong export differentials, while cocoa steadied, pressured by a strengthening pound. Arabica coffee futures edged up on light buying, supported by a weaker dollar. In sugar, traders focused on talk of brisk vessel nominations after a massive delivery against expiry of the May raw sugar contract. "There seems to be the sense that the large delivery is causing ...
EU wheat firm in hesitant trade ahead of USDA report PARIS: European wheat prices edged higher on Monday in light trade with operators awaiting the US government's agricultural supply and demand report the following day.Euronext December milling wheat, the new-crop benchmark on Euronext, was 0.50 euros higher by 1550 GMT at 175.25 euros a tonne.The contract has gained 2.5 percent since the seven-month low of 171.00 euros hit on Tuesday last week.However, the rebound may be short-lived with few fundamentally bullish elements, traders said."A major ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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