Annual growth in Saudi Arabian
bank lending to the private sector rose at its highest pace in
years in December, boosted by mortgages, while the proceeds of
Saudi Aramco's initial public offering lifted money supply,
official data showed.
Nickel and copper are the bull
stand-outs in the latest Reuters poll of base metals analysts,
with both set to rise in price over the next two years thanks to
supply constraints and expected market deficits.