* Oil prices ease after surge on Saudi attack
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BENGALURU Rice export prices in Thailand rose this week on worries that the country's worst drought in about a decade could further squeeze supply, while Vietnam explored potential deals in the south American market.
Gold prices strengthened on Tuesday, consolidating near the highest in more than six years as an intensifying U.S.-China trade war threatened global economic growth.
Aug 1 Gold slipped to a two-week low on
Thursday, a day after the U.S. Federal Reserve cut interest
rates for the first time in a decade but dampened expectations
of future rate reductions, which sent the dollar to a 26-month
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Gold prices rose to a one-week high on Thursday, extending gains from the previous session after U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's dovish remarks bolstered expectations of an interest rate cut this month.
Gold slid as much as 2% on Friday and was set for its first weekly fall in seven weeks after data showed U.S. jobs growth rebounded strongly in June, which lowered the likelihood of an interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve this month.
* Palladium set to post fifth weekly rise
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BENGALURU Export prices for Indian and Vietnamese rice slipped this week on thin demand while strength in the baht made supplies from Thailand less competitive even as the world's second-biggest rice exporter struggles to find fresh orders.
BENGALURU Rice export prices in India and Thailand strengthened this week as gains in local currencies prompted traders to raise prices of the staple, while Bangladesh will likely struggle to compete with top exporters despite a slide in domestic rates.