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Petrobras on target to print multi-billion dollar bond NEW YORK: Brazilian oil company Petrobras is offering investors a new issue concession of around 30-35bp on its new multi-billion dollar, six-part bond offering expected to price later on Monday. Orders for the transaction have already reached USD12bn in what could be biggest ever from a corporate borrower in the region if it surpasses the company's record-breaking USD11bn six-tranche transaction from last May. Each year Petrobras has broken new ground in terms of size, and this time is expected to be no different. "If you have a six tranche offering, that indicates they are gunning for a decently sized deal," said one observer. The transaction comprises of three-year fixed and floating rate bonds, a six-year floater and fixed, as well as fixed-rated 10- and 30-year tranches. Initial price thoughts have been set at Treasuries plus 260 basis points (bp), 3-month Libor plus 246bp, Treasuries plus 340bp, 3-month Libor plus 298bp, ...

US natgas futures end 1 pct lower; little changed for the week NEW YORK: US natural gas futures eased about 1 percent on Friday but were little changed for the week on forecasts for warmer weather and weaker heating demand in the next couple of weeks. Front-month natural gas futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange settled down 4.4 cents at $4.618 per million British thermal units, down 1 percent for the day. For the week, the front-month contract eased just 0.2 percent after last week's dramatic ...
Oil prices edge higher as Ukraine tensions mount NEW YORK: Global oil prices pushed higher Thursday as tensions mounted over Russia's incursion into Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.New York's main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for April delivery, added 11 cents, finishing at $101.56 a barrel. Brent North Sea crude for April gained 34 cents at $108.10 a barrel in London deals.WTI prices were lower in early trade but spiked almost $2, and Brent gained $1, after US President Barack Obama toughly challenged Moscow's support ...
Oil prices retreat as Ukraine tension lessens NEW YORK: Oil prices retreated on Tuesday from the prior day's surge as tension eased over the Ukraine crisis, tamping down concerns about potential supply disruption.The benchmark US crude futures contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for April delivery, shed $1.59 to close at $103.33 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Brent North Sea crude for delivery in April, the key European contract, tumbled $1.90 to $109.30 on the IntercontinentalExchange in London.On Monday, WTI had ...
Bakken oil-train loadings up again on Monday: Genscape NEW YORK: Oil-by-rail shipments via a dozen major loading terminals in the Bakken region in North Dakota rose again on Monday after running at unusually low rates last week following new US testing and shipping regulations, Genscape data showed on Tuesday. A total of 688,425 barrels of crude was loaded at 11 terminals on Monday, up from 665,000 on Sunday and more than double the average rate of the four days proceeding Sunday, according to ...
Oil prices jump on supply fears over Ukraine crisis NEW YORK: Global oil prices soared to the highest levels this year on Monday as the Ukraine crisis raised concerns about disruptions to energy supplies.New York's main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for April, surged $2.33, or 2.3 percent, to settle at $104.92 a barrel, the highest close since September.Brent North Sea crude for delivery in April shot up $2.13 (2.0 percent), finishing at $111.20 a barrel in London trade."The on-going uncertainty in Ukraine has ...
For oil traders, a vexing new risk: US politics NEW YORK: Oil traders are past masters at handicapping geo-political risks, from war in the Middle East to resource nationalists in Latin America. Lately, they face another confounding political landscape: Washington. As a bounty of shale oil transforms the trading landscape across North America, US policymakers are being confronted with a host of issues that hold immediate and material implications to energy companies, investors and traders. While energy policy has typically ...


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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