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Greenback recovers
LONDON: The dollar edged higher on Thursday after plumbing a three-year low hit earlier in the session as higher US Treasury yields prompted some investors to pare bearish bets against the greenback. A wary outlook capped gains, however. With global investors including sovereign wealth funds and central banks looking to diversify their dollar holdings into other currencies such as the euro, market watchers say the dollar’s
 
 
Industrial metals bull party on hold; will restart shortly
LONDON: After the party must come the hangover. Industrial metals went on something of a bull bender over the course of December and have done no more than stagger into the New Year. Copper went on an 11-day binge of consecutive highs as London Metal Exchange (LME) three-month metal powered through the $7,000 a tonne barrier to a four-year peak of $7,312.50 on Dec. 28. It’s now back below $7,100, with another New Year just
   
Singapore is by far the world’s biggest ship refuelling port
SINGAPORE: An alleged oil heist in Singapore that has already led to 20 arrests, the seizure of at least one tanker and allegations that thieves siphoned thousands of tonnes of fuel from Shell’s biggest refinery is shining a spotlight on an illegal trade worth tens of billions of dollars worldwide. Working routes in a triangle of sea anchored by Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore and encompassing the oil facilities of Malaysia, the
 
 
Wheat stays firm as market ponders price bottom
PARIS/SINGAPORE: Chicago wheat rose for a second straight session on Thursday, supported by hopes of renewed export demand and short-covering by investors assessing whether well-supplied grain markets have bottomed out. Corn inched down after a two-day rally that took prices to a near-two-week high on Wednesday, with the risk of crop damage in dry Argentine growing belts underpinning the market. Soyabeans also ticked
   
Morocco needs dialogue on inflationary flexible currency
RABAT: Morocco should have a national dialogue about the benefits and risks of its new flexible currency system, which will stoke inflation, the head of the state High Planning Commission told Reuters on Wednesday. The North African country this week introduced a more flexible foreign exchange system, part of free-market reforms recommended by the International Monetary Fund to protect the economy against external shocks and safe
 
 
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