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Sterling suffers vs stronger euro after inflation falls LONDON: Sterling fell almost half a percent against the euro on Tuesday, as an afternoon recovery and some signs of greater optimism around the UK economy failed to offset a robust performance by the euro.After a rough morning, the pound and the dollar recovered some ground as both Treasury and gilt yields extended their advantage over their euro zone equivalents.British 10-year government bond yields rose as much as 11 basis points on the day to peak at 1.772 percent, and the spread of 10-year gilts over Bunds hit a three-month high of 139.8 basis points.But on the day, sterling was still 0.5 percent lower against the euro at 74.27 pence. It was broadly unchanged at $1.5345."Overall we remain constructive on the UK outlook," analysts from Citigroup said in an afternoon note. "But the long sterling positions in the market are likely to be unwound ahead of the elections (in May)," ...

Robustas hit two-month high, raw sugar dips LONDON: Robusta coffee futures hit a two-month peak on Tuesday, buoyed by a lack of producer selling, while raw sugar dipped as the market readjusted after the US Presidents Day holiday. Arabica coffee futures firmed on light chart-based buying, with dealers focused on prospects for 2015/16 production, and cocoa was little changed. May robusta coffee futures touched $2,077 per tonne, the highest level since Dec. 2, before losing some ground to trade at $2,055 per ...
Gold snaps 3-day rally after Greece talks collapse LONDON: Gold snapped a three-day rally on Tuesday, losing almost 1 percent as investors remained cautious after a breakdown of debt talks between Greece and euro zone finance ministers, while demand from China decreased ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday. Spot gold fell 0.8 percent to $1,220.84 an ounce by 1252 GMT, erasing most of the gains accumulated over the past three sessions, when the metal was bolstered by a weaker dollar and uncertainty ...
Wheat at 3-week high on short-covering, Black Sea uncertainty PARIS/SINGAPORE: US and European wheat futures hit three-week highs on Tuesday as technical momentum and fresh doubts about supply from the Black Sea region sustained a market rally. US soybeans rose for a fourth consecutive session, buoyed by strong demand that is expected to be confirmed by monthly US crushing data due later in the day.Corn tracked wheat and soybeans higher and also found background support from rising oil prices and an easing dollar. Chicago ...
Copper falls on China and Greece worries, tin shrugs off quota LONDON: Copper and other base metals fell on Tuesday on concerns about demand in China and after debt talks between Greece and its European partners collapsed. Investors were unnerved by data showing average new home prices in China's 70 major cities fell for the ninth straight month in January. "This generally suggests weaker demand for metals because the real estate sector accounts for example for nearly half of Chinese copper demand," said analysts at Commerzbank ...
Russia has 1mn T of wheat to ship under pre-export curbs deals MOSCOW: Russian grain exporters still have one million tonnes of wheat they need to ship under contracts signed before the government imposed export curbs, Arkady Zlochevsky, the head of the Grain Union, the farmers' lobby, said on Tuesday. The Russian government has been trying to cool domestic wheat prices, which have been boosted by a slide in the rouble, with informal curbs on exports since December, to which it added an export tax from Feb. ...
White sugar steadies, robustas hit 2-month high LONDON: White sugar futures steadied in thin trading with the US market shut for Presidents' Day on Monday, while robusta coffee hit a two-month high and cocoa dipped. Top sugar and coffee grower Brazil celebrated Carnival, so dealers expected light trading volumes throughout the session. Dealers spoke of a small delivery of 63,000 tonnes of Guatemalan white sugar against last Friday's expiry of the March contract. The ICE exchange was expected to announce the delivery ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,010.68 0.64
Arrow Nasdaq 5,070.03 0.55
Arrow S&P 2,107.39 0.63
Arrow FTSE 6,984.43 0.80
Arrow DAX 11,413.82 2.26
Arrow CAC-40 5,007.89 2.53
Arrow Nikkei 20,563.15 0.06
Arrow H.Seng 27,424.19 0.11
Arrow Sensex 27,828.44 1.17

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.795 bln
Exports $1.995 bln
Imports $3.790 bln
WeeklyMay 28, 2015
Reserves $17.494 bln