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Wheat tumbles ahead of deliveries, pressured by dollar WINNIPEG: Chicago wheat futures fell to a 2-1/2-month low on Friday, pressured by expectations of big deliveries next week and strength in the US dollar, during a shortened trading session after the Thanksgiving holiday. Expectations of big wheat deliveries, starting with first notice day on Monday for December contracts, weighed on the market, traders and analysts said. Estimates were for zero to 336 deliveries against Chicago wheat futures. The US dollar gained 0.2 percent around midday, making US exports less competitive on a day when weekly wheat export sales disappointed. "The dollar is very strong, just killing anything that we export," said Bill Biedermann, a trader at Allendale Inc. Chicago Board of Trade December wheat dropped 13-1/2 cents or 2.8 percent, to $4.65-3/4 a bushel, touching the lowest nearby price since Sept. 11.For the week, the contract lost 4.7 percent. US Department of Agriculture reported weekly US wheat export sales ...

Brazil to freeze 10bn reais in spending to comply with budget law BRASILIA: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will freeze 10 billion reais ($2.65 billion) in expenditures to comply with the budget law after her government failed to pass legislation to cut its fiscal target this year, an administration official told Reuters on Friday. The government has until Monday to issue a decree to comply with the law that demands that authorities freeze spending to meet its primary surplus target.Facing the worst recession in decades, Rousseff is scrambling ...

EU wants to give national privacy regulators more clout in new US data pact BRUSSELS: The European Union wants to enhance the power of the bloc's national privacy regulators in policing a planned new EU-US data pact after the previous one was struck down by a top EU court on concerns about mass US surveillance. Brussels and Washington are locked in negotiations to forge a new framework enabling data transfers from Europe to the United States, which are otherwise subject to cumbersome and lengthy legal processes under EU data ...

French econ min wants more flexibility for company pensions PARIS: French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said he wants to make rules governing the management of supplementary company pensions more flexible to enable the funds to be invested in innovative businesses. This means that the 130 billion euros ($137.72 billion) involved, often managed by insurance companies, would be subject to ad hoc rules that would replace stricter European Solvency II capital rules. The funds from supplementary company pensions could then be used to "finance the ...

Pakistan one of lowest emitter of greenhouse gases; PM tells CHOGM leaders VALLETTA: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Friday informed the Commonwealth leaders that Pakistan being one of the lowest emitters of greenhouse gases with only 0.8 percent of global emissions was making contribution towards positive development on climate change.In his address at the special session of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), the Prime Minister said climate change had emerged as a major threat to lives across the world and added that Pakistan was highly ...

Oil prices gain ahead of OPEC meeting LONDON: World oil prices rose this week on concerns that heightened geopolitical tensions could disrupt Middle East supplies despite a market awash with crude.Traders were turning their attention to next week's OPEC output meeting to see if the oil producers' cartel will slash high output levels.The 12-nation OPEC, which counts the world's biggest oil producer Saudi Arabia among its members as well as Nigeria, Venezuela and Iran, holds a regular meeting in Vienna on December ...


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