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  • Stocks Open Lower Amid Concerns About Covid-19 Infection Rate

    U.S. stocks wavered as the global Covid-19 infection rate and potential for new variants fueled concerns about the pace of economic recovery. The S&P 500 was recently little changed following two straight days of declines. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite shed 0.4%.

  • Brazilian Real Is Biggest Threat to Heineken's Revenue -- Currency Comment

    Dutch brewer Heineken expects a negative currency translational impact on revenue, operating and net profit for the year, citing the Brazilian real as the biggest threat to its topline. "We see the biggest individual impact on revenue coming from the Brazilian real but given our international exposure we also see impact from other currencies like the Nigerian Naira and others," Heineken says. The company has a presence in more than 70 countries.

  • Stocks Open Lower Amid Concerns Around Covid-19 Infection Rate

    U.S. stocks edged down as the global Covid-19 infection rate and potential for new variants fueled concerns about the pace of economic recovery. The S&P 500 slipped 0.1% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average ticked lower less than 0.1% following two straight days of declines. The technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index fell 0.3%.

  • The Job Market Is Tighter Than You Think -- Capital Account

    One set of numbers shows a labor market in dire straits. Total employment, despite March's jump, is still down 8.4 million from its pre-pandemic peak, on a par with the worst point of the 2007-09 recession and its aftermath. While the unemployment rate at 6% is lower than in 2009, it is above 9% when people not counted as unemployed because they dropped out of the labor force or were misclassified are added back, according to the Federal Reserve.

  • 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.

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