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Oil prices ease in Asian trade SINGAPORE: Oil prices edged lower in Asia Friday following lacklustre US economic data that has fuelled bearish sentiment about demand in the world's top crude consumer.US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for August delivery was down four cents to $105.80, while Brent crude eased two cents to $113.19 in late morning trade.The US Commerce Department said Thursday that consumer spending rose a mere 0.2 percent in May after flattening in April, raising questions about economic recovery in the world's biggest economy."This has cast doubt on the growth outlook for the second quarter of this year, particularly after a wider-than-expected contraction in the first quarter," Desmond Chua, market analyst at CMC Markets in Singapore, said, referring to weak GDP figures released Wednesday. The report comes after the Energy Information Administration on Wednesday reported an unexpected build in US crude inventories last week.A rise in US stockpiles is typically indicative of weakening demand ...

Brent drops below $114 as worries ease over Iraq supply SINGAPORE: Brent crude dropped under $114 a barrel on Thursday as most of Iraq's oil output remained unaffected by the militant insurgency in the country, although worries over the conflict kept a floor under prices. Iraq's southern oilfields, which produce the majority of the nation's 3.3 million barrels a day, remained safe, said Nickolay Mladenov, United Nations special envoy to Iraq. But insurgents and Iraq government forces continued to fight on Wednesday for control of ...
Oil prices mixed in Asian trade SINGAPORE: Oil prices were mixed in Asia Thursday ahead of the release of fresh US economic data, while investors are optimistic following a report that Washington is to lift a decades-old crude export ban.US benchmark West Texas Intermediate rose 18 cents to $106.68 while Brent eased eight cents to $113.92 in afternoon trade. Analysts said prices were tracking gains in equity markets following a positive lead from Wall Street, despite data on Wednesday showing the ...
Brent drops below $114 as worries ease over Iraq supply threat SINGAPORE: Brent crude fell below $114 a barrel on Thursday as most of Iraq's oil output remained unaffected by the militant insurgency in the country, although worries over the conflict kept a floor under prices. Iraq's southern oilfields, which produce the majority of the country's 3.3 million barrels a day, remained safe, said Nickolay Mladenov, United Nations special envoy to Iraq. But insurgents and Iraq government forces continued to fight on Wednesday for control of ...
Asia Naphtha: India BPCL's sales premium drops at least 35pc SINGAPORE: India's Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd has sold a July naphtha cargo from Mumbai to oil major Shell at about $26 a tonne above Middle East quotes on a free-on-board (FOB) basis, traders said on Thursday.This reflected a 35 to 37 percent drop in sales premium for BPCL as it had previously sold a cargo for June 21-23 loading from the same port to PetroChina at $40 to $41 a tonne to Middle East quotes ...
China shares higher in morning trade SHANGHAI: Chinese stocks were higher in morning trade Thursday, in line with rises in US stocks overnight, dealers said.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.19 percent, or 3.88 points, to 2,029.38.The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, gained 0.29 percent, or 3.12 points, to 1,067.35.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Oil prices mixed in Asian trade SINGAPORE: Oil prices were mixed in Asia Thursday ahead of the release of fresh US economic data, while investors are optimistic following the a report that Washing is to lift a decades-old crude export ban.US benchmark West Texas Intermediate rose 13 cents to $106.63 while Brent crude eased two cents to $113.98 in mid-morning trade. Analysts said prices were tracking gains in equity markets following a positive lead from Wall Street, despite data on Wednesday ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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