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SINGAPORE/BEIJING China's purchases of U.S. soybeans have come to a grinding halt, trade and industry sources say, as fears of further action by Beijing to curb imports of U.S. crops following last week's anti-dumping move on sorghum rattles the agriculture industry.
SINGAPORE India's soybean imports have hit a record high this year and more buying is expected as domestic supplies tighten following lower production last year, two trade sources said on Tuesday.
SINGAPORE India's monsoon rains are expected to be slightly below normal this year, while parts of Australia's eastern grain belt could be drier as an El Nino weather pattern may develop in the second half of 2018, a private U.S.-based weather forecaster said.
KUALA LUMPUR Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV), the world's biggest crude palm oil producer, is looking to new markets as traditional customers India and Europe take steps to curb purchases, the company's chief executive said on Tuesday.
KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia will respond with "might and tact" if the European Union proceeds with a plan to limit use of palm oil in biodiesel, a cabinet minister said on Tuesday.
SINGAPORE/KUALA LUMPUR China's palm oil imports may fall in 2017/18 as the country instead boosts purchases of soybeans, giving it ample supplies of domestically produced soyoil, analysts and industry officials said.
KUALA LUMPUR/SINGAPORE Crude palm oil (CPO) prices will not drop below $500 a tonne this year if markets for crude oil stay around current levels, leading sector analyst James Fry told Reuters this week.
BEIJING/SINGAPORE Brazil's share of soybean exports to China, the world's top buyer of the commodity, grew to the largest on record in 2017 and looks set to expand again this year, helped by competitive prices and the high protein content of its crops.
LONDON/SINGAPORE Industrial metals, liquefied natural gas and steel finished 2017 in stunning fashion as a crackdown on pollution in China, the world's no. 2 economy, boosts demand for cleaner fossil fuels and raw materials vital to clean-tech industries.
SYDNEY/SINGAPORE Heavy rains in eastern Australia forecast to intensify over the weekend are threatening to wipe out or damage up to 4 million tonnes of wheat due to be harvested soon, with many grain storage sites forced to close.