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Gold rises after unexpected drop in US inflation LONDON: Gold rose on Wednesday after data showing a surprise drop in US inflation last month dented expectations that the Federal Reserve will decide to increase interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade this week. The Labor Department said its consumer price index fell 0.1 percent last month, the first decline since January, pointing to tame inflation that complicates the Fed's decision whether to raise rates. That helped gold to break out of the narrow range it has held ahead of the Fed's two-day policy meeting beginning on Wednesday, to its highest in nearly a week at $1,113.60. Spot gold was up 0.7 percent at $1,112.76 an ounce at 1332 GMT, while US gold futures for December delivery were up $9.40 an ounce at $1,112.00. Silver prices were up 2.2 percent at $14.71. "CPI came in weaker than expected," Heraeus trader Alexander Zumpfe said. "Markets took that ...

European vegoils-Palm oil edges higher, trade thin due to Malaysia holiday LONDON: European palm oil prices were lifted by a weaker dollar on Wednesday, but the market remained subdued as a holiday halted palm oil trade in Malaysia. Asking prices for crude palm oil on the European market rose between $5 and $10, reversing some of the previous session's losses. The November position climbed to $547.50 per tonne. RBD palmolein prices also edged higher, with all positions marking gains of $5. The Jan/Mar position climbed to ...
EU wheat edges lower in thin trade, market awaits Fed decision PARIS: European wheat prices slipped on Wednesday in thin trade as the market awaited the Fed's decision on a possible interest rate hike, the first in the United States in almost a decade, which would affect foreign exchange rates.Despite a fall in prices west European wheat has been suffering from low demand on the dollar-based international market, notably hampered by a stronger euro. Any rebound in the dollar would therefore support euro-denominated wheat."The Fed's potentially ...
Copper hits one-week low on China demand jitters LONDON: Copper prices tumbled to a one-week low on Tuesday as jitters about demand from China fuelled negative sentiment, which was also undermined by lower equity prices in Shanghai. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange was down 0.96 percent at $5,258 at 0931 GMT after hitting a low of $5,251. Disappointing industrial output and investment data over the weekend reinforced the view that China, which accounts for about half of world's copper consumption, could ...
Iraq again extends offer deadline in 30,000 T rice tender HAMBURG: Iraq extended the deadline again in a tender to buy at least 30,000 tonnes of rice, to Thursday, European traders said. No decision about a purchase has been made in the tender which had originally closed on Sept. 6, with offers remaining valid until Sept. 10, traders said. The deadline had already been extended to Monday, Sept. 14. The lowest offer in the tender was $537.00 a tonne c&f free out for rice to ...
Gold eases towards one-month low ahead of Fed meeting LONDON: Gold eased back towards last week's one-month low on Tuesday, with caution ahead of this week's Federal Reserve announcement on interest rates keeping buyers on the sidelines. The Fed meets on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the timing of the first US rate increase in nearly a decade, which could hurt gold prices. Rock-bottom rates cut the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion, and pressure the dollar. Speculation that a rate rise could come ...
Raw sugar steadies, focus on whites expiry, arabicas rally LONDON: ICE raw sugar futures steadied on Monday at near their highest in almost eight weeks, buoyed by wet weather in Brazil which complicated cane harvesting. Arabica coffee jumped on investor buying, but remained within sight of the lowest levels in more than 1-1/2 years, while cocoa held steady in thin volumes. October raw sugar futures were up 0.01 cent, or 0.1 percent, at 11.67 cents per lb at 1349 GMT, after touching 11.74 cents ...


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Arrow DJIA 17,131.86 0.28
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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 08, 2015
Reserves $20.05 bln