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Record Exports of Vietnam’s Rice; Platinum Gains

August 21, 2009 at 20:57 by Vladimir Vyun

Vietnam, the second-largest rice supplier, may export a record 6 million tons of rice this year. Vietnam’s rice exports are aided by a good harvest, low prices and large stockpiles. The price of Vietnam’s 5 percent broken-grain variety dropped to $398 per ton this month compared to $460 a ton in April, this is $163 a ton cheaper than price of rice in Thailand, greatest Vietnam’s rival. Global rice prices climbed to a record last year spurred by rising demand and cut in exports by some producers including Vietnam, which wanted to increase local supplies. Low prices for Vietnam’s rice may have not very great impact on global prices for rice considering decline in export’s from India because of drought.

Platinum gained because of concern that workers at Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd., the world’s second-largest producer of the metal, will strike in South Africa next week. Prices also rose as result of the dollar’s decline against the euro after German services and French manufacturing unexpectedly expanded in August boosting the attractiveness of the precious metals as a hedge against inflation. October futures for platinum delivery rose $13.10 (1.1 percent) to $1,255.10 per ounce by 12:25 on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

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