* Chinese buyers shifting to Cambodia, Myanmar - Vietnamese
BENGALURU Prices of rice from top exporter India held at its lowest in nearly three years this week on low demand as a harvest gathers pace, while neighbouring Bangladesh considered cutting import duty on the staple to rein in surging domestic rates.
HOUSTON/BENGALURU As the thirst for electricity to power drilling rigs in West Texas drives the state's energy needs to new highs, oil and gas companies are increasingly relying on wind and solar power to ensure that the shale boom continues.
Oct 11 Gold prices fell 1% on Friday, on track
for a weekly loss, as optimism around the U.S.-China trade talks
and the possibility of a Brexit deal diminished some save-haven
interest in bullion, while palladium scaled a new record peak.
Gold prices climbed on Friday, settling into a narrow range, as investors awaited more clarity on global uncertainties including trade and Brexit, helping the metal shake off initial declines driven by hopes for a breakthrough in the U.S.-China talks.
* Palladium holds near all-time peak; set for fourth
Gold slumped more than 2% and silver fell over 4% on Thursday as stronger-than-expected U.S. economic data and hopes of a thaw in the U.S.-China trade war boosted Treasury yields and soothed fears of an economic slowdown, driving riskier assets higher.
Gold surged 2% on Friday as investors interpreted U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's speech as leaning toward a dovish monetary policy stance and President Donald Trump's latest comments exacerbated trade tensions with China.
* Trump orders U.S. companies to look at closing China
Gold prices rose on Thursday as lingering fears over a global economic downturn and lack of clarity on the U.S.-China trade front kept the safe haven precious metal comfortably above the key $1,500 per ounce mark.