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Oil prices drift lower in Asia TOKYO: Oil prices dipped in Asian trade Monday ahead of the release of US economic growth and jobs data later in the week, while investors track events in Ukraine and the crude-rich Middle East.The US benchmark futures contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for September, dipped 51 cents to $101.58 a barrel.Brent North Sea crude for September delivery was down 43 cents at $107.96 a barrel.Investors are also looking to a US Federal Reserve policy meeting this week for a snapshot on the state of the world's number one economy.The US is the world's top oil consuming nation and demand in the country for the commodity tends to impact prices."As the Singapore market is closed, Asian trade is quiet today, with the focus on the Fed meeting" and geopolitical developments, said Yusuke Seta a broker at Newedge in Tokyo.In London Friday, Brent prices surged on geopolitical concerns.Brent tends to react more ...

Brent slips below $108 as Mideast tension cools on Gaza lull SINGAPORE: Brent crude slipped below $108 a barrel on Monday as fighting between Israel and Hamas militants subsided in Gaza, but some analysts said falls may be limited. Geopolitical tensions in the Middle East eased for now after Hamas said it backed a 24-hour humanitarian truce. US President Barack Obama had called for a ceasefire but there was no sign of any comprehensive deal to end fighting with Israel. September Brent crude fell 50 cents ...
Japan offers Mexican crude from strategic reserves TOKYO: Japan's trade ministry on Monday issued a tender offering a total 1.89 million barrels (about 300,000 kilolitres) of Mexican crude from the government's Strategic Petroleum Reserves as part of a plan to replace the oil with other grades. The tender will be held on Aug. 13. The tender is for about 1 million barrels (160,000 kl) to be delivered between Sept. 10-Oct. 20 and the remaining 881,000 barrels (140,000 kl) to be delivered in ...
Oil prices mixed in Asian trade SINGAPORE: Oil prices were mixed in Asia Friday as soft gasoline demand in the United States offset upbeat manufacturing data from China, analysts said.US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for September delivery dipped eight cents to $101.99 a barrel in afternoon trade, while Brent crude gained two cents to $107.09."WTI prices are kept pressured under by gasoline inventories, which expanded for the third straight week despite the ongoing driving season in the US," said Desmond ...
Oil prices mixed in Asian trade SINGAPORE: Oil prices were mixed in Asia Friday as soft gasoline demand in the United States offset upbeat manufacturing data from China, analysts said.US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for September delivery dipped 11 cents to $101.96 a barrel in late-morning trade, while Brent crude gained three cents to $107.10."WTI prices are kept pressured under by gasoline inventories, which expanded for the third straight week despite the ongoing driving season in the US," said Desmond ...
Oil prices turn lower in Asian trade SINGAPORE: Oil prices turned lower in Asia Thursday as investors took a breather from gains that came after the United States reported a large decline in its crude inventories, indicating strong demand.US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for delivery in September was down 24 cents at $102.88 a barrel in afternoon trade and Brent crude tumbled 13 cents to $109.90.Despite the dip, analysts said prices are likely to remain high because of data showing strong demand ...
Brent steady above $108, supported by China factory activity SINGAPORE: Brent crude was steady above $108 a barrel on Thursday, holding on to the previous day's gains, after a surprisingly strong reading on Chinese manufacturing bolstered hopes for higher demand in the world's second-biggest oil consumer. China's factory sector expanded at its fastest pace in 18 months in July, as a raft of government stimulus measures kicked in, a preliminary HSBC survey showed on Thursday. "China is a big commodities player, and this is ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2013


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlySeptember
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln