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  • Iron Ore Price Rally Blunts China's Trade Pressure

    SYDNEY--A run-up in the price of iron ore to a decade high is blunting China's pressure tactics in a major trade dispute. China imposed a series of import restrictions and tariffs on Australian products including barley and beef last year, after being angered by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's call for an international investigation into the first outbreak of Covid-19 in China. But its reliance on iron ore from Australia meant the steelmaking ingredient wasn't...

  • South Africa's Annual Consumer Price Inflation Rose to 3.2% in March

    JOHANNESBURG--South Africa's consumer price inflation inched up to 3.2% in March from 2.9% in February, Statistics South Africa said Wednesday, rising into the central bank's target range of between 3% and 6% annual inflation after an eight-month low. The increase was largely driven by higher food prices and rising transport costs. Food and beverage prices were up 5.7% compared to last year, while transport costs were up 3.8%.

  • U.S. Stock Futures Pause With Earnings in Focus

    U.S. stock futures hovered near the flatline as corporate earnings reports continued to roll in and major indexes held near records. S&P 500 futures traded flat and Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were up 0.1%. Changes in futures don't necessarily predict movements after the opening bell.

  • China Shanghai Gold Futures Closing Prices, Volume

    Wednesday, April 21 2021 Gold Turnover: 170,248 lots Open High Low Settle Prev. Change Vol Open Settle Interest May-21--- 372.10 372.10. 00 0 48 Jun-21 372.16 376.06 371.58 374.16 372.98 1.18 129,375 120,414 Jul-21 372.38 375.94 372.38 374.26 373.62. 64 40 48 Aug-21 372.94 376.80 372.40 375.02 373.78 1.24 24,598 38,688 Oct-21 373.86 377.70 373.22 375.56 374.62. 94 12,905 31,991 Dec-21 374.50 378.62 374.02 376.44 374.98 1.46 3,324 27,362 Feb-22 377.54 379.78 377.54 378.40 376.40...

  • China Shanghai Rubber Futures Closing Prices, Volume

    Wednesday, April 21 2021 Natural Rubber Turnover: 408,546 lots Open High Low Settle Prev. Change Vol Open Settle Interest May-21 13,515 13,695 13,495 13,590 13,545 45 34,660 31,737 Jun-21 13,700 13,780 13,590 13,695 13,640 55 236 1,182 Jul-21 13,800 13,855 13,660 13,725 13,715 10 120 611 Aug-21 13,860 13,920 13,740 13,810 13,765 45 200 1,246 Sep-21 13,900 13,950 13,750 13,850 13,790 60 348,978 223,005 Oct-21 13,990 14,030 13,840 13,930 13,870 60 13,709 9,391 Nov-21 14,035...

  • BHP Expects Chile Copper Mines Will Face Mounting Challenges -- Commodity Comment

    BHP Group Ltd. (BHP), the world's largest mining company by market value, on Wednesday reported a 4% fall in third-quarter iron-ore output, alongside a 9% drop in copper production and a 7% lift in petroleum volumes. Here are some remarks from that report:. "For the nine months to March 2021, our Chilean assets continued to operate with a substantial reduction in their operational workforces as a result of Covid-19 restrictions.

  • Foxconn Shrinks Plans for Wisconsin Plant

    Foxconn is scaling back plans for a liquid-crystal-display plant in Wisconsin, saying it expects to invest a fraction of the $10 billion promised nearly four years ago, according to a new contract with the state. The electronics maker, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., negotiated a new economic-development deal on Tuesday with the state of Wisconsin that was a shadow of the record-setting incentives package announced in the summer of 2017..

  • Netflix Subscriber Growth Slows as Economies Reopen -- 2nd Update

    Netflix Inc. (NFLX) said subscriber growth for the first quarter was weaker than expected, a potential warning sign for the company as consumers in many countries start to emerge from pandemic-related lockdowns and as streaming competition increases. The company on Tuesday said it added another four million subscribers on a net basis globally between January and March, fewer than its forecast of six million. "It's just a little wobbly right now," Netflix Chairman and Co-Chief...

  • Biden to Back Temporary Extension of Larger Child Tax Credit

    WASHINGTON-- President Biden told a group of lawmakers that he intends to propose a temporary extension of an enhanced child tax credit, rebuffing requests from some Democrats who favor making the new benefit permanent. As part of a $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package Democrats passed earlier this year, Congress raised the child tax credit to $3,000 from $2,000, setting it at $3,600 for parents of children under age 6 and making parents of 17- year-olds eligible.

  • GRAIN HIGHLIGHTS: Top Stories of the Day

    Corn Rises as Midwest Remains Frigid. Corn for May delivery rose 2.5% to $6.06 1/ 2 a bushel, on the Chicago Board of Trade Tuesday, as frigid temperatures stress crops in the Midwest and elsewhere globally. Soybeans for May delivery rose 1.5% to $14.72 a bushel.

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