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  • *Next test is $1,200 an ounce. Spot gold was trading at $1,187.6 an ounce, down 0.3 percent, by 0925 GMT, after rising to $1,200.60 on Monday, its strongest since June 22 last year. The next key level is $1,200 but it is looking in overbought territory, "said Citigroup analyst David Wilson.

  • No tangible signs emerged from a meeting on Sunday between Saudi Arabia's oil minister Ali al-Naimi and his Venezuelan counterpart that OPEC and non- OPEC suppliers were ready to meet to discuss the price slump. Hopes of an accord to shore up prices which are languishing close to 2003 have dimmed over the past week, but the meeting between cash-strapped...

  • DUBAI, Feb 8- Iran plans to turn itself into a major food exporter, hoping the lifting of sanctions will boost international trade and allow investment in the agricultural sector, an official in Iran's state grain buying agency said. Foreign business delegations have flocked to Tehran since the United States, European Union and United Nations lifted...

  • No tangible signs emerged from a meeting on Sunday between Saudi Arabia's oil minister Ali al-Naimi and his Venezuelan counterpart that OPEC and non- OPEC suppliers were ready to meet to discuss the price slump. After a flurry of diplomacy over the last two weeks about a possible production cut roiled oil markets, Sunday's meeting between cash-strapped...

  • Brent futures fell 68 cents to $33.38 a barrel, a 2 percent loss, by 10:36 a.m. EST, paring a fall of as much as 3.3 percent earlier in the session. "With the possibility of a production cutting deal quickly fading into the sunset, market participants are once again left to focus on the reality of the oversupplied global market," Energy Management Institute analyst...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 8- India's economic growth slowed in the last quarter of 2015, adding to pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to expedite stalled reforms in the next session of parliament when it presents its annual budget. That rate of growth was faster than the 6.8 percent posted by China in the same quarter, although many economists say the...

  • *India, Philippines, Indonesia consider tax on sugary drinks. *British lawmakers debate issue, follows sugar tax in Mexico. Scandinavian countries have had such taxes, with varying degrees of success, for many years, and in 2012, France and Hungary joined the list, followed by Mexico in 2014..

  • NEW DELHI— India says its economy grew 7.3 percent in the last three months of 2015, a rate of expansion that puts the South Asian nation ahead of China's 6.8 percent growth during the same period. The data released Monday by the Indian Central Statistics Office shows a slight downturn for India from the previous quarter, when the country registered growth of 7.4...

  • UPDATE 5-Oil prices slide, supply overhang in focus Monday, 8 Feb 2016 | 7:19 AM ET

    *Focus shifting to Fed testimony, IEA, EIA and OPEC data. *Iran says European buyers agreed to lift its crude. Global benchmark Brent futures were down 68 cents at $33.38 at 1212 GMT, while U.S. crude futures lost 81 cents to $30.08.

  • *Focus shifting to Fed testimony, IEA, EIA and OPEC data. LONDON, Feb 8- Crude oil prices eased in thin trade on Monday as a meeting between OPEC producers Saudi Arabia and Venezuela showed little indication that steps would be taken to boost prices. Saudi Arabia's oil minister Ali al-Naimi discussed cooperation between members of the Organization of the...

  • BANGKOK, Feb 8- Investors in Big C, one of Thailand's largest supermarket chains, cheered on Monday an up to $3.5 billion deal by France's Casino Group to sell its majority holding to TCC Group, owned by whiskey tycoon Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi. Shares in Big C Supercenter hit a 13- month high of 251 baht on Monday, just below the offer price of 252.88 baht, and jumped...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 8- A doctor at a hospital in India's capital, New Delhi, was recently tracking a wall of monitors displaying the vital signs of intensive care patients admitted hundreds of miles away when red-and-yellow alerts rang out. India's top private hospitals, seizing on a shortage of critical-care doctors, are expanding into the remote management of...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 8- A doctor at a hospital in India's capital, New Delhi, was recently tracking a wall of monitors displaying the vital signs of intensive care patients admitted hundreds of miles away when red-and-yellow alerts rang out. India's top private hospitals, seizing on a shortage of critical-care doctors, are expanding into the remote management of...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 8- India will release data on Monday showing it remains one of the fastest growing economies in the world, but economists are struggling to reconcile that rosy picture with ground realities like weak exports, investment, and flat corporate order books. "There are inconsistencies between the picture presented by new GDP series and many other tried...

  • *China investing $46 billion in new trade route. GWADAR, Pakistan, Feb 8- A heavy police presence, guarded convoys, new checkpoints and troop reinforcements have turned parts of the southern port city of Gwadar into a fortress, as Pakistan's powerful military seeks to protect billions of dollars of Chinese investment. Securing the planned $46 billion economic...

  • Iran: Dollars no good here, but euros are Sunday, 7 Feb 2016 | 11:19 AM ET
    Iranian workers walk at a unit of South Pars Gas field in Asalouyeh Seaport, north of Persian Gulf, Iran November 19, 2015.

    Iran wants to recover tens of billions of dollars it is owed by India and other buyers of its oil in euros.

  • *Deal to boost tycoon Charoen's retail presence in Thailand. HONG KONG/ BANGKOK, Feb 7- France's Casino Group has agreed to sell its majority stake in Thai hypermarket operator Big C Supercenter for 3.1 billion euros excluding debt to Thailand's TCC Group, it said on Sunday. Casino announced a 4- billion-euro disposal plan in 2016, including the sale of its...

  • Feb 7- Palm oil prices could jump more than expected to 2,700 ringgit per tonne in the second quarter, the highest since early 2014, as seasonally lower output and dry weather dent inventories across Southeast Asia, vegetable oils analyst Dorab Mistry said. Concerns that dryness linked to an El Nino weather pattern will lower fresh fruit bunch yields in top...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 5- Gold rose to a three-month high in volatile trade on Friday, as a mixed U.S. jobs report prompted investors to reassess the outlook for U.S. interest rates this year, putting bullion on track for its strongest weekly performance in more than a year. "The futures curve is showing that the probability of a March hike has fallen to around 10 percent,...

  • OTTAWA, Feb 5- Canada said it was lifting some sanctions against Iran, including a ban on financial services, imports and exports, thereby allowing companies such as plane maker Bombardier Inc to compete against rivals. Dion said last week that if Airbus can to sell to Iran, then Bombardier should be allowed to export there as well. "Canada continues to have serious...