Monday, October 18, 2010

Quick Overview

  • Brazil's sugar output for the 2010-2011 crop season is expected to reach 40.5 million metric tons, said F.O. Licht on Monday.

  • The Philippines may lose 600,000 metric tons of its rice crops because of Typhoon Megi

  • Rice production in Australia may quadruple next harvest as heavier-than-usual rainfall boosts water supplies following a decade of drought.

  • (Bloomberg) -- Confidence among U.S. homebuilders rose in October to the highest level in four months, a sign residential construction is stabilizing at depressed levels.

  • The cost of living in New Zealand rose 1.1% in Q3

  • Grain-hauling ships have been blocked since Oct. 16 at ports in Ukraine, the world’s largest exporter of barley.

  • Citigroup, the US bank part-owned by the American taxpayer, posted better-than-expected third-quarter net profits of $2.2bn.

  • China must make a "major breakthrough" to restructure and rebalance its economy, the Communist party said in a five-year plan.

  • (Spiegel) The world is gathered in Japan this week in an effort to put an end to the extinction of plant and animal species across the globe. But while everyone agrees that biodiversity is important, the conference may fail anyway -- partially because the Americans don't seem interested.Industrial

  • Industrial Production in the U.S.  fell 0.2 %

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