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Asia-Pacific Crude-High freight rates support; Sokol strengthens SINGAPORE: Spot differentials for Russian Sokol strengthened in the Asia-Pacific crude market, as the short-haul grade benefited from high transportation costs for competing grades from other regions.India's ONGC sold 700,000 barrels of Sokol crude loading Feb. 20-26 in a tender at around $3.50 a barrel above the Oman-Dubai average, traders said.The premium to the Oman/Dubai average translates into a premium of around $4 a barrel against Dubai quotes, according to one trader. Last month, the grade traded at $3.55-$3.70 a barrel above Dubai quotes, according to Reuters data.ONGC last sold a Sokol cargo loading early-February at $2.60 a barrel above the Oman-Dubai average, the data showed.Japex, a shareholder in the Japanese SODECO consortium that partners in Russia's Sakhalin 1 project, sold a February-loading cargo at close to $4 a barrel above Dubai, a trader said.ONGC may have sold its cargo to SK Energy, another trader said. The buyer of the ...

Middle East Crude-Iraq steps up exports SINGAPORE: The Middle East crude market came under pressure on Thursday as Iraq stepped up exports, adding to a glut of medium, heavy sour oil available to Asia.This was despite a rise in spot crude purchases from Taiwan's CPC Corp.Iraq's State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) has scheduled to export about 2.64 million barrels per day (bpd) of Basra Light in January, traders said, up from 2.55 million bpd in the previous month.More oil could come ...
Sri Lankan stocks recover from three-week low; rupee steady COLOMBO: Sri Lankan stocks recovered on Thursday, snapping a five-session losing streak, with high net worth and institutional investors trading actively. However, political concerns ahead of the Jan. 8 presidential poll weighed on sentiment. The main stock index was up 0.4 percent, or 29.57 points, at 7,229.30 at 0733 GMT, recovering from a three-week closing low in the previous session. "There was some positive momentum after top government leaders met business leaders and professionals yesterday," ...
Middle East Crude: Premiums climb on low OSPs, firm demand SINGAPORE: The Middle East crude market stayed firm on Wednesday with most February spot grades sold at higher differentials than the previous month.Low official selling prices (OSPs) and robust demand for incremental crude in Asia supported differentials in February, pushing up premiums for Abu Dhabi Murban close to 60 cents a barrel.A Japanese refiner has bought a Das crude cargo at more than 70 cents a barrel, a trader said.Refiners across Asia are keeping crude ...
Brent edges further above $61 as companies cut upstream investments SINGAPORE: Brent crude edged further above $61 a barrel on Thursday, after sharply lower prices forced companies to cut upstream investments around the world. Chevron Corp has put a plan to drill for oil in the Beaufort Sea in Canada's Arctic on hold indefinitely, while Marathon Oil cut its capital expenditure for next year by about 20 percent.Canadian oil producers also deepened 2015 spending cuts, as Husky Energy, MEG Energy and Penn West Petroleum joined ...
Oil prices mixed in Asian trade SINGAPORE: Oil prices were little changed in Asia Thursday after data showed US stockpiles dipping, while the Federal Reserve indicated interest rates would not be hiked until the middle of next year.US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for January delivery fell 27 cents to $56.20 while Brent crude for February gained two cents to $61.20 in afternoon trade.The price stabilisation in Asian trade follow an advance Wednesday that came after the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) ...
Crude steady above $56/bbl after 1pc gain TOKYO: US crude futures were little changed above $56 a barrel on Thursday following volatile trading the previous day due to bearish US oil data, Russia's rouble crisis and a US decision to resume diplomatic ties with Cuba after 50 years. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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WeeklyDecember 15, 2014
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