Issue 2907 - 19.01.2018
19.01.2018

Kazakh leader expects closer ties with US after Trump talks

Kazakhstan’s Nursultan Nazarbayev said on Thursday that his meeting earlier this week with US President Donald Trump left him optimistic about a strengthening of bilateral ties.

The two men established a good rapport during their talks at the White House on Tuesday, the Kazakh president told a press conference in New York after chairing a UN Security Council session.

“He is a businessman, a very concrete person, and I like that. We found common ground from the start and we had a complete understanding,” Nazarbayev said of his US counterpart.

The Kazakh head of state said that he and Trump discussed a wide range of issues, including pressing international matters such as the situation on the Korean peninsula.

While Trump is “very worried” about North Korea, he agreed that the crisis is amenable to solution, Nazarbayev said.

Addressing the Security Council hours earlier, Nazarbayev offered his country as a venue for talks on the North Korean crisis and urged the established nuclear powers to give Pyongyang security guarantees as a way to get negotiations off the ground.

Nazarbayev said that the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran also came up in his talks with Trump, who has threatened to withdraw the United States from the multilateral pact.

A supporter of the treaty, Nazarbayev said that he reminded the US leader of the time it took to negotiate the deal and warned him that Iran would likely seek to develop nuclear weapons if the accord collapsed.

Another topic of conversation with Trump was China’s One Belt, One Road initiative, the Kazakh president said, though adding that discussion did not get into the details of Beijing’s push to create a land-based transportation network spanning Eurasia.

Acknowledging that the US has little enthusiasm for the project, Nazarbayev said that his country expects to gain from what some call the “new silk road.”

“It’s very beneficial for us. Kazakhstan is an interior country, we don’t have access to the ocean, so transportation hubs are very important to us,” he said.

Nazarbayev said that while in the US, he has signed more than a score of deals that will boost American companies’ investment in his country by up to $7.5 billion, according to Latin American Herald Tribune.

Kazakhstan General

19.01.2018

Study finds climate change behind Kazakhstan antelope die-off

Scientists think the mass death of 200,000 endangered antelopes were triggered by the growth of bacteria due to higher temperatures.

Scientists fr om around the world were baffled by the mysterious mass death of 200,000 endangered Saiga antelopes in Kazakhstan in May 2015, but after almost two years of research they...

Scientists think the mass death of 200,000 endangered antelopes were triggered by the growth of bacteria due to higher temperatures.

Scientists fr om around the world were baffled by the mysterious mass death of 200,000 endangered Saiga antelopes in Kazakhstan in May 2015, but after almost two years of research they...

19.01.2018

Putin invites CIS states to become Eurasian Economic Union observers

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for expansion of cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and other countries and integrations.

"We consider it reasonable to explore opportunities of establishing deeper ties between the Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States, certain members of which could become EAEU observers," he said...

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for expansion of cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and other countries and integrations.

"We consider it reasonable to explore opportunities of establishing deeper ties between the Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States, certain members of which could become EAEU observers," he said...

19.01.2018

Kazakhstan bus crash among deadliest in years

Five people survived and at least 52 people were killed when a bus caught fire in Kazakhstan. The passengers were Uzbek workers on their way to Russia, according to the Kazakh Interior Ministry.

The apparent accident killing at least 52 people occurred on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. local time (0430 GMT)....

Five people survived and at least 52 people were killed when a bus caught fire in Kazakhstan. The passengers were Uzbek workers on their way to Russia, according to the Kazakh Interior Ministry.

The apparent accident killing at least 52 people occurred on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. local time (0430 GMT)....

19.01.2018

Authorities to review work of 102 service in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs plans to revise the work of 102 service, as well as to continue introduction of technologies and information systems in the work of law enforcement agencies. This was announced at the session of the RK MIA Board in Astana, Kazpravda.kz reports. 

"The President’s Address gives the...

Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs plans to revise the work of 102 service, as well as to continue introduction of technologies and information systems in the work of law enforcement agencies. This was announced at the session of the RK MIA Board in Astana, Kazpravda.kz reports. 

"The President’s Address gives the...

Oil and Gas Sector

19.01.2018

For the year Atyrau refinery processed 4.7 million tonnes of oil

Since early 2017 the Atyrau refinery processed 218,778 tonnes of oil, the company's press service informed Kapital.kz. At the same time, 7,844 tonnes were processed in excess of the plan.

"During the same period, diesel fuel of ecological classes K-4, K-5 in the amount of 44 971 tonnes was dispatched, of...

Since early 2017 the Atyrau refinery processed 218,778 tonnes of oil, the company's press service informed Kapital.kz. At the same time, 7,844 tonnes were processed in excess of the plan.

"During the same period, diesel fuel of ecological classes K-4, K-5 in the amount of 44 971 tonnes was dispatched, of...

19.01.2018

Jet fuel prices going up: Air Astana

A representative of the airline told about the increase in jet fuel prices during "Deregulation of airport tariffs in Kazakhstan as another reason why foreign airlines exit from the market" press conference on Thursday, Kazinform correspondent reports.

Ibrahim Canliel, Air Astana Chief Financial Officer, told a briefing at the Central Communications Service...

A representative of the airline told about the increase in jet fuel prices during "Deregulation of airport tariffs in Kazakhstan as another reason why foreign airlines exit from the market" press conference on Thursday, Kazinform correspondent reports.

Ibrahim Canliel, Air Astana Chief Financial Officer, told a briefing at the Central Communications Service...

19.01.2018

Kazakhstan retakes major position in regional oil production: OPEC

The FSU’s oil supply is estimated to have grown by 0.20 mb/d in 2017 to average 14.06 mb/d, revised up by 0.03 mb/d due to higher-than-expected output in 4Q17. Total FSU liquids production in November increased by 0.13 mb/d to average 14.10 mb/d, mainly due to Kazakh oil output returning...

The FSU’s oil supply is estimated to have grown by 0.20 mb/d in 2017 to average 14.06 mb/d, revised up by 0.03 mb/d due to higher-than-expected output in 4Q17. Total FSU liquids production in November increased by 0.13 mb/d to average 14.10 mb/d, mainly due to Kazakh oil output returning...

19.01.2018

Germany upholds Russia’s Nord Stream 2 project

Germany has submitted legal findings on draft amendments to the Gas Directive to the European Commission, which claim that the EC has failed to demonstrate any explanations or clear arguments showing how the proposals can help the Energy Union reach its goals, Vedomosti writes citing a European official. Moreover, the...

Germany has submitted legal findings on draft amendments to the Gas Directive to the European Commission, which claim that the EC has failed to demonstrate any explanations or clear arguments showing how the proposals can help the Energy Union reach its goals, Vedomosti writes citing a European official. Moreover, the...

19.01.2018

Oil strengthens after record stockpile draw at U.S. crude hub

Oil rebounded after slipping below $69 a barrel on Thursday, supported by a record drawdown of U.S. crude stockpiles at the Cushing, Oklahoma delivery hub, despite concerns that OPEC-led output cuts will increase supply from the United States.

Crude is just below its highest price since December 2014, supported by supply...

Oil rebounded after slipping below $69 a barrel on Thursday, supported by a record drawdown of U.S. crude stockpiles at the Cushing, Oklahoma delivery hub, despite concerns that OPEC-led output cuts will increase supply from the United States.

Crude is just below its highest price since December 2014, supported by supply...

Energy Industry

19.01.2018

Green energy to satisfy electricity demand in East Kazakhstan

Solar installations, wind generators and a hydroelectric power station will be launched this year in the East Kazakhstan region.

“These projects are implemented to develop the green economy, one of the main aspects of EXPO 2017.  The idea of constructing such power stations is particularly relevant in East Kazakhstan since the...

Solar installations, wind generators and a hydroelectric power station will be launched this year in the East Kazakhstan region.

“These projects are implemented to develop the green economy, one of the main aspects of EXPO 2017.  The idea of constructing such power stations is particularly relevant in East Kazakhstan since the...

Finance and Investment

19.01.2018

Kazakh President meets with heads of Nasdaq, Goldman Sachs and ExxonMobil

President Nursultan Nazarbayev held a number of meetings in New York, the Akorda press service reports.

During his meeting with the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nasdaq, Adena Friedman, the Head of State welcomed the exchange's decision to participate in the Astana International Financial Center, noting that Nasdaq's involvement in...

President Nursultan Nazarbayev held a number of meetings in New York, the Akorda press service reports.

During his meeting with the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nasdaq, Adena Friedman, the Head of State welcomed the exchange's decision to participate in the Astana International Financial Center, noting that Nasdaq's involvement in...

19.01.2018

IPO of Samruk-Kazyna fund companies can bring up to $5.5 bn

With privatisation through the sale of shares, part of the Samruk-Kazyna Fund companies will attract from 3.5 to 5.5 billion US dollars, stated vice minister of national economy Serik Zhumangarin at the press conference in the Government of Kazakhstan, Kazpravda reports. 

"Investors are interested in 47 large companies of the Samruk-Kazyna...

With privatisation through the sale of shares, part of the Samruk-Kazyna Fund companies will attract from 3.5 to 5.5 billion US dollars, stated vice minister of national economy Serik Zhumangarin at the press conference in the Government of Kazakhstan, Kazpravda reports. 

"Investors are interested in 47 large companies of the Samruk-Kazyna...

19.01.2018

The government will have a controlling stake in the HCSB

As part of the privatization scheme, the plan is to sell only a minority stake in House Construction Savings Bank of Kazakhstan (HCSB). The state will remain the main shareholder, and the bank will retain all of its social functions and obligations. This information was provided to Kapital by the...

As part of the privatization scheme, the plan is to sell only a minority stake in House Construction Savings Bank of Kazakhstan (HCSB). The state will remain the main shareholder, and the bank will retain all of its social functions and obligations. This information was provided to Kapital by the...

19.01.2018

Kaspi customers to have simplified cash withdrawals from other banks' ATMs

Kaspi's customers will be able to withdraw up to KZT 200 thousand per transaction and up to KZT 500 thousand a day at ATMs of ATF Bank, Bank CenterCredit and Tsesnabank, Kapital learnt fr om the press service of Kaspi Bank.

In November of last year it was reported that Kaspi...

Kaspi's customers will be able to withdraw up to KZT 200 thousand per transaction and up to KZT 500 thousand a day at ATMs of ATF Bank, Bank CenterCredit and Tsesnabank, Kapital learnt fr om the press service of Kaspi Bank.

In November of last year it was reported that Kaspi...

19.01.2018

AIFC, Atameken Business Channel, Bloomberg become partners

Representatives of the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC), Atameken Business Channel and Bloomberg in New York City signed a tripartite partnership agreement, Kazinform cites abctv.kz.

According to the terms of the agreement, Atameken Business Channel becomes AIFC's official media partner. The period of the agreement is two years with an option...

Representatives of the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC), Atameken Business Channel and Bloomberg in New York City signed a tripartite partnership agreement, Kazinform cites abctv.kz.

According to the terms of the agreement, Atameken Business Channel becomes AIFC's official media partner. The period of the agreement is two years with an option...

Metals and Minerals

19.01.2018

Kazakh tycoon wants Petropavlovsk ex-CEO back, sees M&A opportunities

Kazakh businessman Kenges Rakishev, having bought a large stake in Petropavlovsk last month, says he wants to see Pavel Maslovskiy reinstated as chief executive of the Russian mid-sized gold producer.

The unexpected deal, in which Rakishev purchased a 22 percent stake in the London-listed company from Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg for...

Kazakh businessman Kenges Rakishev, having bought a large stake in Petropavlovsk last month, says he wants to see Pavel Maslovskiy reinstated as chief executive of the Russian mid-sized gold producer.

The unexpected deal, in which Rakishev purchased a 22 percent stake in the London-listed company from Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg for...

19.01.2018

Kazakh metal sector posts modest growth over 2017

METAL OUTPUT OF KAZAKHSTAN IN 2017

                               Dec      Nov     Jan-Dec

 REFINED COPPER (tonnes)    39,641   38,848    425,612

 mth/mth pct change            2.0      6.9        ---

 yr/yr pct change             11.4     10.2        4.2

 REFINED ZINC (T)           27,823   27,828    329,178

 mth/mth pct change            0.0     -3.7        ---

 yr/yr pct change              0.0      2.5        1.0

 ZINC CONCENTRATE (T)       25,000   27,500    306,800

 mth/mth pct change           -9.1      6.2        ---

 yr/yr pct...

METAL OUTPUT OF KAZAKHSTAN IN 2017

                               Dec      Nov     Jan-Dec

 REFINED COPPER (tonnes)    39,641   38,848    425,612

 mth/mth pct change            2.0      6.9        ---

 yr/yr pct change             11.4     10.2        4.2

 REFINED ZINC (T)           27,823   27,828    329,178

 mth/mth pct change            0.0     -3.7        ---

 yr/yr pct change              0.0      2.5        1.0

 ZINC CONCENTRATE (T)       25,000   27,500    306,800

 mth/mth pct change           -9.1      6.2        ---

 yr/yr pct...

19.01.2018

KAZ Minerals research analysts’ weekly ratings updates

KAZ Minerals PLC (LON: KAZ) recently received a number of ratings updates from brokerages and research firms:

Shares of KAZ Minerals PLC (LON:KAZ) opened at 426.60 on Monday. The stock has a 50 day moving average of GBX 371.86 and a 200 day moving average of GBX 244.15. The stock’s market...

KAZ Minerals PLC (LON: KAZ) recently received a number of ratings updates from brokerages and research firms:

Shares of KAZ Minerals PLC (LON:KAZ) opened at 426.60 on Monday. The stock has a 50 day moving average of GBX 371.86 and a 200 day moving average of GBX 244.15. The stock’s market...

19.01.2018

Will 2018 be Cameco Corporation's best year yet?

Shares of uranium miner Cameco Corporation (NYSE: CCJ), one of Kazakhstan’s, largest mining operators, are down almost 80% fr om the highs reached nearly 10 years ago. Over the past year alone, they've fallen 25%. With a focus on providing nuclear power plants with fuel, it shouldn't...

Shares of uranium miner Cameco Corporation (NYSE: CCJ), one of Kazakhstan’s, largest mining operators, are down almost 80% fr om the highs reached nearly 10 years ago. Over the past year alone, they've fallen 25%. With a focus on providing nuclear power plants with fuel, it shouldn't come as any...

19.01.2018

Asian coal output holds against pressure through 2017 as metals recover - OPEC

Australian thermal coal prices increased to $102.2/Mt. Raw coal output in China in November was 2.7% lower y-o-y – according to the National Bureau of Statistics, though still increased fr om the previous month as previous mandates to reduce coal output were relaxed after a heating fuel crisis hit the...

Australian thermal coal prices increased to $102.2/Mt. Raw coal output in China in November was 2.7% lower y-o-y – according to the National Bureau of Statistics, though still increased fr om the previous month as previous mandates to reduce coal output were relaxed after a heating fuel crisis hit the...

19.01.2018

China metals mixed; upbeat data propels LME copper

Shanghai base metals futures turned mixed in late Asian hours on Thursday with better-than-expected China economic data coming in just before the market close, which pushed up LME copper.

The fourth-quarter data underpinned a rally in London Metal Exchange copper, though failed to push the Shanghai contract into positive territory.

The most-traded...

Shanghai base metals futures turned mixed in late Asian hours on Thursday with better-than-expected China economic data coming in just before the market close, which pushed up LME copper.

The fourth-quarter data underpinned a rally in London Metal Exchange copper, though failed to push the Shanghai contract into positive territory.

The most-traded...

19.01.2018

Gold inches higher as dollar pares gains

Gold edged higher on Thursday after hitting its lowest in nearly a week as the dollar weakened, but analysts said bullion was vulnerable to more losses.

Spot gold was up 0.2 percent at $1,330.71 per ounce by 1500 GMT. Earlier in the session, it touched its lowest since Jan. 12 at...

Gold edged higher on Thursday after hitting its lowest in nearly a week as the dollar weakened, but analysts said bullion was vulnerable to more losses.

Spot gold was up 0.2 percent at $1,330.71 per ounce by 1500 GMT. Earlier in the session, it touched its lowest since Jan. 12 at...

Trade and Consumer Goods

19.01.2018

Kazakhstan increased the production of wheat flour and groats

During the first 5 months of 2017/18 MY (July-November), the production volumes of wheat flour in Kazakhstan totaled 1.6 mln tonnes, an increase of 3% compared with the same period last season.

Also, in the reporting months the production of groats increased by 47%, to 8.1 thsd tonnes.

At the same time,...

During the first 5 months of 2017/18 MY (July-November), the production volumes of wheat flour in Kazakhstan totaled 1.6 mln tonnes, an increase of 3% compared with the same period last season.

Also, in the reporting months the production of groats increased by 47%, to 8.1 thsd tonnes.

At the same time,...

19.01.2018

Kazakhstan: as of January 1, oilseed stocks totaled nearly 1.5 mln tonnes

As of January 1, 2018, the registered carry-over stocks of oilseeds in Kazakhstan totaled 1.495 mln tonnes, including 392 thsd tonnes in farm households, reported the Statistics Committee of the Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In particular, sunflower seed stocks totaled 609.16 thsd tonnes, flaxseed – 473.73...

As of January 1, 2018, the registered carry-over stocks of oilseeds in Kazakhstan totaled 1.495 mln tonnes, including 392 thsd tonnes in farm households, reported the Statistics Committee of the Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In particular, sunflower seed stocks totaled 609.16 thsd tonnes, flaxseed – 473.73...

19.01.2018

Kazakhstan: corn and barley rising in price, wheat becoming cheaper

According to the State Statistics Committee of Kazakhstan, agricultural products sold by Kazakh farming entities rose in price by 2.6% in 2017. Crop product prices gained 3.3%, while animal products became 0.9% more expensive, reports UkrAgroConsult.

Last year, corn increased in price by 13.1%, barley by 11.7%, rye...

According to the State Statistics Committee of Kazakhstan, agricultural products sold by Kazakh farming entities rose in price by 2.6% in 2017. Crop product prices gained 3.3%, while animal products became 0.9% more expensive, reports UkrAgroConsult.

Last year, corn increased in price by 13.1%, barley by 11.7%, rye by 10.4%, oats...

19.01.2018

The number of camels in Kazakhstan decreased by 2.2 thousand heads on-month

Through the onth of December he number of camels across Kazakhstan declined, although in some regions an increase in number of these animals was observed. According to the Committee on Statistics of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as of December 1, there were 190.6 thousand camel-heads in Kazakhstan, and by January...

Through the onth of December he number of camels across Kazakhstan declined, although in some regions an increase in number of these animals was observed. According to the Committee on Statistics of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as of December 1, there were 190.6 thousand camel-heads in Kazakhstan, and by January...

19.01.2018

Global agro markets: wheat up for 2nd day on short-covering; ample supplies cap gains

Chicago wheat rose for a second consecutive session on Thursday, with prices underpinned by short-covering and expectations of demand for U.S. shipments after prices dropped to a one-month low earlier this week.

Corn inched down for the first time in three sessions, though prices remained near a two-week high hit the...

Chicago wheat rose for a second consecutive session on Thursday, with prices underpinned by short-covering and expectations of demand for U.S. shipments after prices dropped to a one-month low earlier this week.

Corn inched down for the first time in three sessions, though prices remained near a two-week high hit the...

Communications and Transportation

19.01.2018

Kazakhstan to launch new international flights in 2018

A number of international flights will be launched in Kazakhstan in 2018, the Civil Aviation Committee of the Kazakh Ministry of Investment and Development said in a message.

“In 2018, Kazakh airlines plan to open regular flights in the directions Astana - Tyumen, Astana - Krasnodar, Astana - Vilnius, Astana -...

A number of international flights will be launched in Kazakhstan in 2018, the Civil Aviation Committee of the Kazakh Ministry of Investment and Development said in a message.

“In 2018, Kazakh airlines plan to open regular flights in the directions Astana - Tyumen, Astana - Krasnodar, Astana - Vilnius, Astana -...

19.01.2018

High tariffs in Kazakhstan prompt four foreign airlines to quit

The development of the route network from Astana is facing the risk of losing foreign airlines which may reduce flights to Kazakhstan, Ibrahim Canliel , Chief Financial Officer at Air Astana said at a press conference on Jan.18.

"Over the past years, many airlines like Austrian Airlines, Asiana, KLM canceled their...

The development of the route network from Astana is facing the risk of losing foreign airlines which may reduce flights to Kazakhstan, Ibrahim Canliel , Chief Financial Officer at Air Astana said at a press conference on Jan.18.

"Over the past years, many airlines like Austrian Airlines, Asiana, KLM canceled their...

19.01.2018

Two Kazakh airlines to join IATA in 2018

According to IATA Area Manager, Jordan Karamalakov, Kazakhstan's Scat and Qazaq Air airlines are scheduled to join the International Air Transport Association (IATA) this year, Kazinform correspondent reports.

Chairman of the Board of Qazaq Air, Alexander Blair Trierne Pollock said that the company is also planning to undergo the IATA Operational...

According to IATA Area Manager, Jordan Karamalakov, Kazakhstan's Scat and Qazaq Air airlines are scheduled to join the International Air Transport Association (IATA) this year, Kazinform correspondent reports.

Chairman of the Board of Qazaq Air, Alexander Blair Trierne Pollock said that the company is also planning to undergo the IATA Operational...

19.01.2018

Yerlan Kozhagapanov invites to develop tourism journalism

Vice Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan Yerlan Kozhagapanov invited to develop tourism journalism. He stated this at a press tour of Kazakh Tourism JSC, dedicated to 100 days of the company's functioning, Kazpravda.kz correspondent reports.

“We have a lot of journalists, a lot of influential media....

Vice Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan Yerlan Kozhagapanov invited to develop tourism journalism. He stated this at a press tour of Kazakh Tourism JSC, dedicated to 100 days of the company's functioning, Kazpravda.kz correspondent reports.

“We have a lot of journalists, a lot of influential media....

Regional News

19.01.2018

China's economy expands 6.9 pct in 2017, beats forecasts

China's economy ended 2017 on strong footing with a better-than-expected growth rate and improved structure, official data showed Thursday.

The world's second largest economy expanded 6.9 percent year-on-year in 2017, higher than the 6.7 percent growth registered in 2016, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed.

The reading marked the...

China's economy ended 2017 on strong footing with a better-than-expected growth rate and improved structure, official data showed Thursday.

The world's second largest economy expanded 6.9 percent year-on-year in 2017, higher than the 6.7 percent growth registered in 2016, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed.

The reading marked the...

19.01.2018

China sees more balanced cross-border capital flow in 2017

China saw more balanced cross-border capital flow in 2017 as willingness to purchase the greenback waned thanks to rising confidence in the Chinese yuan and the domestic economy.

Chinese banks' net forex settlement deficit fell significantly last year, according to the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE).

Commercial banks bought 1.6441 trillion...

China saw more balanced cross-border capital flow in 2017 as willingness to purchase the greenback waned thanks to rising confidence in the Chinese yuan and the domestic economy.

Chinese banks' net forex settlement deficit fell significantly last year, according to the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE).

Commercial banks bought 1.6441 trillion...

19.01.2018

Russia to change basic border policy

The draft presidential decree on the state border policy, released by Russia’s Federal Security Service earlier this week, clarifies the country’s national interests and substantially increases the list of potential threats, Kommersant says. The draft decree, which is an amendment of the document approved by first President Boris Yeltsin in...

The draft presidential decree on the state border policy, released by Russia’s Federal Security Service earlier this week, clarifies the country’s national interests and substantially increases the list of potential threats, Kommersant says. The draft decree, which is an amendment of the document approved by first President Boris Yeltsin in...

19.01.2018

Russia taking wheat crown recalls communist-era dominance

Countries comprising the former USSR harvested 18 percent of the global wheat crop in 2017, the most since 1980, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. Russia is projected to become the biggest shipper by volume this year, overtaking the U.S., the agency estimates. America’s share of the global crop...

Countries comprising the former USSR harvested 18 percent of the global wheat crop in 2017, the most since 1980, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. Russia is projected to become the biggest shipper by volume this year, overtaking the U.S., the agency estimates. America’s share of the global crop...

19.01.2018

Russia’s Agro Ministry published preliminary results of the 2017 oilseed harvest

Russia’s Agriculture Ministry published preliminary results of the 2017 harvest. So, sunseed was harvested from 6.9 Ml ha (87.8% of its area) with a crop of 10.4 MMT (11.4 MMT in 2016) and a yield of 1.52 MT/ha (1.59 MT/ha in 2016). Its total crop in net weight amounted to...

Russia’s Agriculture Ministry published preliminary results of the 2017 harvest. So, sunseed was harvested from 6.9 Ml ha (87.8% of its area) with a crop of 10.4 MMT (11.4 MMT in 2016) and a yield of 1.52 MT/ha (1.59 MT/ha in 2016). Its total crop in net weight amounted to...

19.01.2018

U.S. companies ask authorities to limit purchases of Uzbek uranium

U.S. uranium producers Ur-Energy and Energy Fuels sent a petition to the U.S. Ministry of Trade asking to limit the purchase of uranium abroad, including in Uzbekistan, RBC reported.

They complain that in 2017 uranium production in the U.S. fell to historical lows.

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the...

U.S. uranium producers Ur-Energy and Energy Fuels sent a petition to the U.S. Ministry of Trade asking to limit the purchase of uranium abroad, including in Uzbekistan, RBC reported.

They complain that in 2017 uranium production in the U.S. fell to historical lows.

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the...

19.01.2018

Mongolia’s foreign trade turnover reaches $10.5 billion in 2017

Foreign trade turnover of Mongolia reached 10.5 billion dollars in 2017, according to the country's statistics committee.

Exports reached $6.2 billion, and imports - $4.3 billion. 

Export of mineral commodity increased by $1.4 billion, particularly due to carbon export increase by $1.3 billion. 

Imports increased by $977.3 million in comparison to 2016. Mineral...

Foreign trade turnover of Mongolia reached 10.5 billion dollars in 2017, according to the country's statistics committee.

Exports reached $6.2 billion, and imports - $4.3 billion. 

Export of mineral commodity increased by $1.4 billion, particularly due to carbon export increase by $1.3 billion. 

Imports increased by $977.3 million in comparison to 2016. Mineral...

19.01.2018

Taliban commander among 8 killed in N. Afghan province

At least eight Taliban militants including senior commander Mullah Jalal have been killed in Dand-e-Shahabudin district of Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province over the past three days, provincial police chief Ikramudin Sari said Thursday.

Three villages have also been liberated from Taliban clutch in the ongoing cleanup operations, the official said.

The cleanup...

At least eight Taliban militants including senior commander Mullah Jalal have been killed in Dand-e-Shahabudin district of Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province over the past three days, provincial police chief Ikramudin Sari said Thursday.

Three villages have also been liberated from Taliban clutch in the ongoing cleanup operations, the official said.

The cleanup...

Prices and Statistics

19.01.2018

Commodities

Date: January 19, 2018; Source: Bloomberg.com  Energy
INDEX UNITS PRICE CHANGE %CHANGE CONTRACT TIME (EST) 2 DAY
CL1:COMWTI Crude Oil (Nymex) USD/bbl. 63.19 -0.76 -1.19% Feb 2018 12:48 AM
CO1:COMBrent Crude (ICE) USD/bbl. 68.61 -0.70 -1.01% Mar 2018 12:48 AM
XB1:COMRBOB Gasoline (Nymex) USd/gal. 187.00 -1.35 -0.72% Feb 2018 12:44 AM
NG1:COMNatural Gas (Nymex) USD/MMBtu 3.17 -0.02 -0.53% Feb 2018 12:48 AM
HO1:COMHeating Oil (Nymex) USd/gal. 204.65 -1.52 -0.74% Feb 2018 12:39 AM
Precious and Industrial Metals
INDEX UNITS PRICE CHANGE %CHANGE CONTRACT TIME (EST) 2 DAY
GC1:COMGold (Comex) USD/t oz. 1,331.70 +4.50 +0.34% Feb 2018 12:48 AM
XAUUSD:CURGold Spot USD/t oz. 1,331.95 +4.92 +0.37% N/A 12:58 AM
SI1:COMSilver (Comex) USD/t oz. 17.03 +0.08 +0.45% Mar 2018 12:48 AM
HG1:COMCopper (Comex) USd/lb. 321.30 +1.40 +0.44% Mar 2018 12:48 AM
XPTUSD:CURPlatinum Spot USD/t oz. 1,003.11 +1.57 +0.16% N/A 12:58 AM
Agriculture
INDEX UNITS PRICE CHANGE %CHANGE CONTRACT TIME (EST) 2 DAY
C 1:COMCorn (CBOT) USd/bu. 352.25 +0.75 +0.21% Mar 2018 12:47 AM
W 1:COMWheat (CBOT) USd/bu. 427.00 +1.75 +0.41% Mar 2018 12:48 AM
CC1:COMCocoa (ICE) USD/MT 1,984.00 -1.00 -0.05% Mar 2018 1/18/2018
CT1:COMCotton #2 (ICE) USd/lb. 82.52 -0.11 -0.13% Mar 2018 12:40 AM
LC1:COMLive Cattle (CME) USd/lb. 123.48 +0.70 +0.57% Apr 2018 1/18/2018

Date: January 19, 2018; Source: Bloomberg.com 

Energy

INDEX UNITS PRICE CHANGE %CHANGE CONTRACT TIME (EST) 2 DAY
CL1:COMWTI Crude Oil (Nymex) USD/bbl. 63.19 -0.76 -1.19% Feb 2018 12:48 AM
CO1:COMBrent Crude (ICE) USD/bbl. 68.61 -0.70 -1.01% Mar 2018 12:48 AM
XB1:COMRBOB Gasoline (Nymex) USd/gal. 187.00 -1.35 -0.72% Feb 2018 12:44 AM
NG1:COMNatural Gas (Nymex) USD/MMBtu 3.17 -0.02 -0.53% Feb 2018 12:48 AM
HO1:COMHeating Oil (Nymex) USd/gal. 204.65 -1.52 -0.74% Feb 2018 12:39 AM

Precious and Industrial Metals

INDEX UNITS PRICE CHANGE %CHANGE CONTRACT TIME (EST) 2 DAY
GC1:COMGold (Comex) USD/t oz. 1,331.70 +4.50 +0.34% Feb 2018 12:48 AM
XAUUSD:CURGold Spot USD/t oz. 1,331.95 +4.92 +0.37% N/A 12:58 AM
SI1:COMSilver (Comex) USD/t oz. 17.03 +0.08 +0.45% Mar 2018 12:48 AM
HG1:COMCopper (Comex) USd/lb. 321.30 +1.40 +0.44% Mar 2018 12:48 AM
XPTUSD:CURPlatinum Spot USD/t oz. 1,003.11 +1.57 +0.16% N/A 12:58 AM

Agriculture

INDEX UNITS PRICE CHANGE %CHANGE CONTRACT TIME (EST) 2 DAY
C 1:COMCorn (CBOT) USd/bu. 352.25 +0.75 +0.21% Mar 2018 12:47 AM
W 1:COMWheat (CBOT) USd/bu. 427.00 +1.75 +0.41% Mar 2018 12:48 AM
CC1:COMCocoa (ICE) USD/MT 1,984.00 -1.00 -0.05% Mar 2018 1/18/2018
CT1:COMCotton #2 (ICE) USd/lb. 82.52 -0.11 -0.13% Mar 2018 12:40 AM
LC1:COMLive Cattle (CME) USd/lb. 123.48 +0.70 +0.57% Apr 2018 1/18/2018
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Exchange Rates

Date: January 19, 2018; Source: the National Bank of Kazakhstan
1 US DOLLAR USD / KZT 325.2
1 EURO EUR / KZT 397.13
1 RUSSIAN ROUBLE RUB / KZT 5.74
1 CHINESE YUAN CNY / KZT 50.65
1 KYRGYZIAN SOM KGS / KZT 4.7
1 CANADIAN DOLLAR CAD / KZT 261.41
1 AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR AUD / KZT 259.38

Date: January 19, 2018; Source: the National Bank of Kazakhstan

1 US DOLLAR

USD / KZT

325.2

1 EURO

EUR / KZT

397.13

1 RUSSIAN ROUBLE

RUB / KZT

5.74

1 CHINESE YUAN

CNY / KZT

50.65

1 KYRGYZIAN SOM

KGS / KZT

4.7

1 CANADIAN DOLLAR

CAD / KZT

261.41

1 AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR

AUD / KZT

259.38