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Suddenly, the gyrations of commodity markets and the price of oil no longer seem so dramatic, or headline grabbing. But there's one commodity-related event last week that sums up the conjunction of the still spreading impact of those record prices for oil, grains and other products earlier in the year, the credit crunch and now the lending freeze.
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China's third generation online business-to-business (B2B) platform Tootoo.com reports that power shortage in China will lead to a surge in demand for aluminum.
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Investors will need to be highly selective in their allocations to commodities until the global economy recovers, which is expected to occur by 2010, according to a forthcoming white paper from The Boston Company Asset Management, an investment boutique within BNY Mellon Asset Management.
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Australian financial stocks took heart from the move by US investment legend, Warren Buffet to $US5 billion ($A6 billion) in newly created commercial bank, Goldman Sachs Group and to take options to put in a further $US5 billion over the next year.
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Farming in mountainous areas is practised in difficult conditions but plays a key role in preserving the environment and biodiversity. It therefore requires a special strategy, says an own-initiative report adopted by Parliament. Agriculture in upland areas, which are home to nearly 20% of Europe's population, currently faces high production costs as well as transport and communication problems.
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Markets in the US fell, Asia was lower, and Europe was weak as doubts continued over the US treasury's $US700 billion bailout plan.
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The slowdown underway in the resources boom is illustrated from the latest commodity forecasts from ABARE, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
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Very quietly compared to all the noise about the big bailout proposal from the US Government and the other move for the Fed to offer a lifeline to struggling mutual cash management funds, new steps to relieve distressed commodities markets were launched Friday by US regulators after Lehman and AIG woes triggered a wave of selling and emergency actions by exchanges earlier in the week.
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World markets steadied overnight after major central banks revealed huge large-scale emergency $US180 billion injections of dollar liquidity in an attempt to halt the global financial market crisis.
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American markets fell by up to 4.7% on the S&P 500, London was down, cash dried up around the world, Australian market could be down sharply at the open and Russia froze.
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