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Events

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"Open to Export" ICC WTO International business award ICC WTO London

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Oil near June 2015 high as production cuts tighten market www.reuters.com

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices were stable on Tuesday, with Brent crude lingering near 2015 highs on the back of an outlook for healthy demand amid ongoing production cuts led by OPEC and Russia.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were at $58.52 a barrel at 0650 GMT, up 5 cents from their last settlement.

Brent crude futures LCOc1, the international benchmark for oil prices, were at $65.25 a barrel, unchanged from their last close, but near the $65.83 per barrel briefly on Dec. 12 - the highest since June 2015.

Trading activity was extremely low on Tuesday due to the ongoing Christmas holiday in many countries.

Brent has risen by 47 percent since mid-2017. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the Middle East-dominated producer club, and Russia - the world’s single biggest oil producer - have been withholding output in order to tighten the market and prop up prices.

The agreement to cut started last January and is set to cover all of 2018.

Jabar al-Luaibi, oil minister of OPEC-member Iraq, said on Monday there would be a balance between supply and demand by the first quarter of 2018, leading to a boost in oil prices.

“During the first quarter of next year there will be more balance between supply and demand, which will reflect positively on improving global oil prices,” he said.

The production cuts come amid healthy global demand, which many analysts expect to hit 100 million barrels per day (bpd) for the first time at some point next year or in 2019.

Jeffrey Halley of futures brokerage Oanda in Singapore said oil prices were “making slow but steady gains on optimism about the global economy in 2018”.

Potentially keeping a lid on prices is the expected return of the Forties pipeline system in the North Sea, which can supply up to 450,000 bpd of crude underpinning Brent futures.

The pipeline shut down earlier in December due to a crack, but operator Ineos said the system was being tested following repairs and full flows should return in early January.

In the longer term, OPEC and Russia efforts to prop up prices could be undermined by U.S. production C-OUT-T-EIA, which has soared by more than 16 percent since mid-2016, to almost 10 million bpd.

Only OPEC king-pin Saudi Arabia and Russia produce more, but the United States is fast catching up, largely thanks to shale drillers.

The U.S. rig count RIG-OL-USA-BHI, an early indicator of future output, held at 747 in the week to Dec. 22, according to the latest weekly report by Baker Hughes. That’s much higher than a year ago, when only 523 rigs were active, and most analysts expect U.S. output to rise past 10 million bpd within weeks.

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China Top Copper Producer Halts Output After Pollution Order www.bloomberg.com

Jiangxi Copper Co., China’s largest producer, is halting all output in the province after the local government ordered the curbs to reduce pollution, a company official said Tuesday.

The smelter received the order on Monday evening to stop production for at least a week before a further assessment based on local pollution levels, the official said, asking not to be identified because of company rules. The firm, which has 1.02 million metric tons of annual capacity in the southeastern province, remains in talks with the government to halt only smelting and not refining operations to minimize losses, according to the official.

China is intensifying its campaign against air pollution by extending its winter manufacturing curbs in 28 northern cities to other provinces. Tongling Nonferrous Metals Group Co., the nation’s second-largest copper producer, said earlier this month that it’s halting as much as 30 percent of smelting capacity at its main production hub in the eastern province of Anhui after a similar order.

Calls to the Jiangxi provincial government and environmental protection bureau weren’t answered Tuesday. The cuts come as China’s smelters plan to resume talks with overseas miners on 2018 processing fees next month. The output curbs would reduce smelters’ demand for concentrate and support their position in the annual negotiations.

Copper on the Shanghai Futures Exchange surged as much as 0.8 percent to 55,160 yuan a ton before trading at 55,080 yuan as of 1:50 p.m., extending gains from the the highest close in two months on the prospect of improving global demand amid supply constraints.

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Technologies on display ahead of 2020 Olympics www3.nhk.or.jp

State of the art technologies that will help visitors to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have been displayed in Tokyo.

About 40 firms, including major electronics makers, took part in the event held on Monday and Tuesday. A council of Japanese business organizations for the 2020 games sponsored the event.

Fujitsu presented an ID card-sized translation device that can be worn by users. It weighs only 65 grams and gives translations between Japanese and English or Chinese.

Officials showed how the device can be used. A woman pretending to be ill explained her symptoms in Chinese, and her comments were translated into Japanese by the device.

The Japanese electronics firm also exhibited a device for people with hearing impairment. It allows them feel applause through vibrations. The device can be worn like a hairpin.

Another electronics maker, Panasonic, displayed an electric wheelchair. The wheelchair is equipped with a sensor and stops automatically when it detects obstacles. The wheelchair still needs some manual operation. But the company hopes to put a version with a self-driving system into use at Tokyo's Haneda airport as early as the next fiscal year starting in April.

Noriaki Murai of the business council said that in the spirit of the 2020 Games, he hopes to see products developed that are helpful to people.

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Financial stability council meets www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Financial Stability Council's regular meeting convened at the Conference Hall of the Financial Regulatory Commission (FRC) on December 25. The council is conprised of the FRC Chairman, the Governor of the Bank of Mongolia and the Finance Minister and the meeting is chaired in turns.

Chaired by Chairman of the FRC S.Davaasuren this time the council discussed review of non-bank financial sector and a research work report themed 'Trading stocks of domestic commercial banks to public through the Mongolian Stock Exchange’ conducted by independant research team. 

The Financial Stability Council’s activities are targeted to ensuring stability of financial system, preventing from possible risks, and analyzing occurred risks and to making decisions and taking measures within the council members' rights and responsibilities. 

Moreover the Financial Stability Council regularly get informed and exchanges information as well as submit recommendations to the parliament if necessary.

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Real price of bitcoin could be $0.00, warns Morgan Stanley www.rt.com

Bitcoin could be worth literally nothing, if the cryptocurrency is not recognized as a rival of the US dollar and other fiat currencies, analysts of the banking giant Morgan Stanley have warned.

"If nobody accepts the technology for payment, then the value would be 0," analyst James Faucette and his team wrote in a note to clients.

Faucette is referring to a list of online retailers who accept bitcoin. The table is titled "Virtually no acceptance and shrinking" and shows the data.

Bitcoin is not like a currency because there is no interest rate associated with bitcoin, the analyst wrote.

It's not like gold either, as it doesn’t have any intrinsic use like gold.

According to Faucette, bitcoin is tiny compared to traditional financial instruments.

“Bitcoin average daily trading volume of $3 billion (last 30 days) vs. $5.4 trillion in the FX market. Estimated $300 million in daily purchase volume vs. $17 billion for Visa,” he wrote.

Coinmarketcap data says Faucette’s numbers are not correct, as an average daily volume of bitcoin is $11.5 billion. The whole cryptocurrency market’s daily volume is almost $27 billion.

One of the biggest bitcoin bulls, John McAfee of McAfee antivirus, says there is no reason for panic despite the correction in the cryptocurrency market.

Bitcoin has fallen more than 25 percent from its recent all-time highs of $20,000 spurred by futures listings on major derivatives exchanges.

Bitcoin enthusiast, billionaire Michael Novogratz who has also been very bullish on cryptocurrencies, has revised his forecast and said bitcoin could drop to $8,000 by year-end. Previously, he predicted bitcoin would be worth $40,000 by 2019.

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Japan's Denso considering $440 million investment in JOLED: Kyodo www.reuters.com

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese auto parts maker Denso Corp is considering a 50 billion yen ($440 million) investment in organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel maker JOLED, Kyodo news reported, citing sources close to the matter.

JOLED, a Japan Display affiliate, sold its inaugural batch of OLED screens this month, becoming the world’s first OLED maker to market screens which use a lower cost printing process.

It is seeking to raise 100 billion yen from materials, equipment and electronics makers to expand production capacity.

Sony Corp and Panasonic Corp are also expected to invest 5 to 10 billion yen each, and Sumitomo Chemical Co and Screen Holdings Co are considering chipping in, Kyodo said.

The four companies are together seen investing 20 to 40 billion yen in JOLED, Kyodo added.

OLED screens are gaining popularity as they are generally thinner, more flexible and offer richer colors than liquid crystal display (LCD) panels, but high production costs are still preventing them from being used widely. Apple Inc has adopted the screens for its iPhone X.

A JOLED representative said the company was in talks with various materials and equipment makers about the investment, but that nothing specific had been decided.

A Denso spokesman said the reported plan wasn’t something the company announced, while a Screen Holdings spokeswoman denied the company was considering the investment. Sony said nothing had been decided, while Panasonic and Sumitomo Chemical declined comment.

JOLED was created in 2015 by merging the OLED divisions of Sony and Panasonic. JOLED is 75 percent owned by a state-backed fund, the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, and 15 percent held by Japan Display. Sony and Panasonic each own 5 percent.

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President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga telephoned President Ilham Aliyev www.azertag.az

President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga made a phone call to President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on December 25. 

Khaltmaagiin Battulga congratulated President Ilham Aliyev on his birthday, and wished him success in his presidential activity and robust health.

President Ilham Aliyev thanked for the attention and congratulations.

The presidents hailed good opportunities for developing bilateral relations between the two countries in a variety of fields.

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Mongolian Chess Federation named as best organizer federation of Asia - 2017 www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Mongolian Chess Federation received the award ‘Organizer of the Year’ at the 4th Annual Asian Chess Excellence Awards in Al Ain, the United Arab Emirates on December 23.

In 2016, the Mongolian Chess Federation was selected as ‘Chess Movement of the Year World Under-16 Olympiad’ out of 52 countries.

Held for the fourth year, President of the Mongolian Chess Federation Ts.Sainbayar and First Deputy President and Parliamentary Deputy Speaker Ya.Sanjmyatav participated in the award ceremony.

During the ceremony, President of the World Chess Federation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed gratitude to Mr Ts.Sainbayar for developing chess sport in Mongolia.

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December 25, 2017 trading report www.mse.mn

On December 25, 2017, 1,194,522 shares of 29 firms listed as Tier I, II, and III were traded. 12 companies’ shares increased in price while those of 17 companies decreased. Nogoon Khogjil Undesnii Negdel /JLT +14.95%/, Jinst Uvs /JIV +14.94%/, and Remicon /RMC +13.49%/ were the top performers whereas Uvs Chatsargana JSC /CHR/ was the worst performer, decreasing 15.00 percent.

On the secondary market for corporate bonds, 1,089 bonds were traded for the value of MNT108.8 million.

The MSE ALL Index decreased by 2.68 percent to reach 1,104.01 points. The MSE market cap stands at MNT2,357,591,879,485.

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Centerra Gold Files Technical Report for Gatsuurt Project www.centerragold.com

Centerra Gold Inc. (TSX: CG) today announces that the Company has filed on SEDAR a Technical Report, entitled “Technical Report on the Gatsuurt Gold Project, Mongolia” dated December 22, 2017 with an effective date of October 31, 2017. The report was prepared in compliance with National Instrument 43-101 – Standards for Disclosure for Mineral Projects. The Technical Report supports the disclosure of the mineral reserves and resources for the Gatsuurt Project contained in Centerra’s news release issued on October 31, 2017. The report also provides further information on the project’s mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates, an updated life-of-mine plan, expected grades and recoveries, development plans, mining methods and metrics including strip ratio, recovery process and production expectations including expected cash flows, capital cost estimates and expected life-of-mine operating costs. The Technical Report was prepared for Centerra by Mr. Chris Sharpe, P.Eng., Kevin P.C.J. D’Souza, C.Eng. and Boris Kotlyar, P.Geo. (each of whom is an employee of Centerra or a subsidiary of Centerra), Mr. Tommaso Roberto Raponi, P.Eng. from T.R. Raponi Consulting Limited, Mr. Lars Weiershäuser , P.Geo. from Roscoe Postle Associates Inc., Mr. Igor Bojanic, from Runge Pincock Minarco, Mr. William Pitman, P.Eng. from Adiuvare Geology and Engineering Ltd. and Mr. Christopher Jacobs, C.Eng. from Micon-International, who are the qualified persons for the technical report for the purposes of NI 43-101, under the supervision of Gordon Reid, Professional Engineer and Centerra’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

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