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Oil dives on poor China factory data NEW YORK: World oil prices tumbled Tuesday as poor manufacturing data in China, the world's largest energy consumer, hammered the outlook for demand and shook market confidence.US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for October delivery lost $3.79, or 7.7 percent, closing at $45.41 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.The sell-off snapped a strong three-day WTI rally that had pushed the futures contract up more than 27 percent, rebounding from six and a half year lows.In London, Brent North Sea crude for October closed at $49.56 a barrel, down $4.59, or 8.5 percent, from Monday's settlement.China's economic woes once again were hitting markets worldwide. Official data released earlier in the day suggested the country's key manufacturing sector stalled in August. The purchasing managers index (PMI) slumped to a three-year low of 49.7 in August from 50.0 in July. A reading below 50 indicates contraction.US financial giant Citigroup said that China ...

Oil options calm shows 10pc price surge may be fleeting NEW YORK: As oil prices skyrocketed on Thursday to their biggest daily gain since the aftermath of the financial crisis, the corresponding crude options market remained muted, suggesting most big traders were shrugging off the move as merely a correction in the year-long bear market. A short-covering rally fueled a $4 surge in oil futures markets, yet options dealers described a "passive" day. A key measure of premiums eked out a tiny daily gain, while ...
Oil prices jump more than 10pc on strong US data NEW YORK: World oil prices surged more than 10 percent Thursday after strong US economic growth data lifted confidence about the world's biggest economy and petroleum user.US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for delivery in October jumped $3.96 to $42.56 a barrel.European benchmark Brent oil for October delivery gained $4.42 at $47.56 a barrel in London.Both WTI and Brent closed up 10.3 percent from Wednesday's settlements.US prices had been at or near six-and-a-half year lows ...
Oil dips after mixed US petroleum supply report NEW YORK: Oil prices dipped Wednesday after US petroleum data showed lower crude-oil inventories but barely any decline in production despite sinking prices.US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for October delivery shed 71 cents at $38.60 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.European benchmark Brent oil for October delivery lost seven cents at $43.14 a barrel in London.Crude supplies in the United States fell by 5.5 million barrels for the week ending August 21, according ...
Oil picks up after rout, but US crude still below $40 NEW YORK: Oil prices recovered some lost ground Tuesday after a sharp fall sparked by worries about China's faltering economy, the world's largest energy consumer.US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for October delivery rose $1.07 to $39.31 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after finishing below $40 Monday for the first time in six years.In London, Brent North Sea crude for October, the international benchmark, finished at $43.21 a barrel, up a modest ...
Oil sinks as China fears roil markets NEW YORK: Crude oil prices sank Monday after a plunge in Chinese equities raised fresh fears about China's faltering economy, the largest consumer of energy, and its impact on the global economy.The Shanghai stock market's 8.5 percent dive Monday, its steepest in eight years, roiled markets worldwide, hammering stocks, the dollar and commodities.Oil prices struck new six-year lows in the sell-off as concerns mounted about demand in China, the world's second-largest economy and consumer of ...
US September crude ends higher at expiry, Brent slumps NEW YORK: Expiring front-month US crude prices settled higher on Thursday in volatile trading after slumping to a fresh 6-1/2-year low as a supply glut and concerns about China's economy pressured Brent crude.A weaker dollar and the formation of the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season were supportive to crude, even with Hurricane Danny still far from affecting any land or oil infrastructure.U.S. futures retested support near $40 a barrel early in the session, ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
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