Archive for November, 2009

Futures Trading in Rice, Sugar and Pulses Should be Banned

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'Futures trading in rice, sugar and pulses should be banned'

‘Futures trading in rice, sugar and pulses should be banned’:

A parliamentary panel today suggested that futures trading should be banned in case of wheat, rice, sugar and some pulses till the country becomes self sufficient in these food items.

The聽Estimates Committee asked the government to bring a new legislation to control the retail prices of essential commodities like rice,wheat, pulses, edible oils, sugar, milk and vegetables.

On futures trading, the report said: “Since food security of the country is at the聽stake, the Committee recommends that futures trading in wheat, rice, tur dal, urad dal and sugar should be banned till the country聽achieves self-sufficiency in the production of these items on a continuous basis”.


In Other major Commodities Updates we can see exports of Spice declining and on the other hand price of pulses rising up 80% in a year time.


Spice exports decline 1.3% in April-October:

Exports of spices fell 1.3 per cent in volume and 1.6 per cent in value during聽the April-October period of the current financial year.

According to the latest estimates of Spices Board, total exports in the period聽were 280,885 tonnes valued at Rs 3,031.59 crore against 284,560 tonnes valued at 3,080.25 crore in the same period last year.

Pepper exports suffered a serious setback as the figures dropped to 11,500 tonnes valued at Rs 179.16 crore as against 14,750聽tonnes valued at Rs 246. 70 crore in the same period last year.

Export of chilli also declined to 100,500 tonnes valued at Rs 706.50聽crore as against 121,500 tonnes valued at Rs 660.17 crore.

Coriander exports had a better performance at 25,250 tonnes valued at聽Rs 128.12 crore against 17,100 tonnes valued at Rs 116.80 crore.


Pulse prices rise up to 80 per cent in one year:

The government today said prices of pulses have surged by up to 80 per cent in聽the national capital over the last one year.

While prices of tur have gone up by 80 per cent in the last one year to Rs 90 a kg, that of聽moong dal surged 74 per cent to Rs 82, according to the data presented by Food and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar in a written聽reply to the Lok Sabha.

Even import of about 16 lakh tonnes of pulses between April and October has not eased pressure on the聽prices, the data showed.

Not just pulses, prices of sugar have almost doubled to Rs 38 a kg.


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News Round Up – India

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News Round Up



路聽 Wholesale price of food items rose 14.55% for the week ended November 7 from a year earlier due to dearer cereals, dairy items as well as mutton and eggs.

However, wholesale prices of fuel-related products dipped 1.51% in the week under consideration, compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.


Oil & Gas

Cairn India and its joint venture partners have decided to take up 4 dimensional (4D) seismic survey of Ravva field in the Krishna-Godavari Basin to further explore oil and gas reserves.

路 Liquefied gas importer, Petronet LNG Ltd (PLL), is keen to acquire up to 10 per cent stake in ONGC Petro-additions Ltd (OPaL), which is setting up a cracker complex in Gujarat.

OPaL is, a Rs 12,440-crore petrochemicals project, being set up by ONGC at Dahej in Gujarat.



The Adani group-promoted Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone (MPSEZ) is all set to develop a non-LNG port at Hazira.

Hazira Port, which is a joint venture of Shell Gas BV and Total Gaz Electricite Holdings France, issued a letter of intent to the Adani group for developing the port in the booming southern Gujarat industrial belt.


Capital Goods

路 State-run Bharat Heavy Electrical (BHEL) has set up a new transformer manufacturing facility at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.

This new facility would enable BHEL to produce an additional 12,000 MVA (mega volt ampere) of transformers per annum.

路 Pollution control equipment maker Thermax bagged an order worth Rs 477.77 crore from an Orissa-based company for construction of a captive power plant.



路 The Vijay Mallya-led Kingfisher Airlines led the chart of the loss-making carriers by reporting a massive Rs 1,602 crore in losses in 2008-09, followed by Jet Airways with a loss of Rs 1,032 crore.


Oil Drilling

Jindal Drilling & Industries has bagged an order worth Rs 635 crore from Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) for hiring a drilling unit for five years.



Tata Steel, the world’s sixth largest steel maker, is raising its annual iron ore production by 55 per cent to 17 million tonnes in India over the next two years.

The expansion is expected to cost about Rs 1,100 crore.


Information Technology

路聽 Satyam Computer Services (rebranded Mahindra Satyam) has received legal notices from 37 companies claiming a refund of $265 million (approximately Rs 1,230 crore), allegedly given as temporary advance.



Mahindra & Mahindra, India’s largest manufacturer of sports utility vehicles, is believed to be in advanced talks with the Tamil Nadu government for establishing an integrated auto facility in the state.



路聽 The Kalyani Group’s flagship company Bharat Forge is planning to make a big foray into the power sector with an investment of up to Rs 50,000 crore and a targeted generation capacity of up to 10,000 Mw, over the next 10 years.


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Rabi Sowing Picks Up in State

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Rabi sowing picks up in State

Rabi sowing picks up in State:

The recent rain in several parts of Karnataka seem to be playing a key role in rabi sowing with farmers going in for large-scale coverage of jowar, Bengal gram and sunflower, particularly in the northern districts.

As sowing is in progress, data from the Agriculture Ministry shows that rabi crops were sown on 27.05 lakh hectares of land accounting for 73 per cent progress against the target of 37 lakh hectares as on November 18.

Sowing of maize, wheat, Bengal gram and sunflower continued in the northern districts while transplanting of paddy and sowing of black gram was in progress in parts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi.

Bengal gram has been sown on 8.78 lakh hectares of land against 7.67 lakh hectares during the corresponding period last year, while jowar, the major rabi crop, has been sown on 9.25 lakh hectares, wheat on 1.9 lalkh hectares, and sunflower on 2.90 lakh hectares.

Overall coverage of pulses such as Bengal gram, horse gram, black gram, green gram, cowpea and avare stood at 9.93 lakh hectares against the coverage of 8.99 lakh hectares last year.

However, the area under cereals 鈥 rice, jowar, ragi,maize, wheat, and minor millets 鈥 trails at 12.32 lakh hectares against 14.39 lakh hecatres during the corresponding period last year.


In Other major Commodities Updates we can see聽 FMC has recently instructed bourses to ensure compliance of the PMLA and Sugar production in India may exceed estimated figures.


Commodity bourses must follow PMLA norms : 鈥淔MC鈥

In order to step up the regulatory grip on commodity derivatives market, Forward Markets Commission (FMC) has recently instructed bourses to ensure compliance of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002 (PMLA) by their members.

鈥淭his is more of a pre-emptive step to prevent unscrupulous money coming into our (commodity futures) market,鈥 BC Khatua, chairman, FMC, said.


Sugar output may beat estimates 鈥淪urvey鈥:

Sugar production in India, the world鈥檚 second-largest grower, may be 11 percent more than estimated after farmers boosted planting and yields improved because of increased fertiliser use.

Output may jump to 17.68 million metric tonne in the season started Oct. 1, according to interviews with 631 farmers across six states by Geneva-based SGS SA for Bloomberg.


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RIL See Retail Sector as Major Value Creator : Ambani

RIL See Retail Sector as an Major Value Creator : Ambani

Reliance Industries has identified retail sector as an important component of its five-platform roadmap for value creation.


The other value creators include conventional and renewable energy space, innovation and rural transformation, RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani said.

Reliance’s efforts would be on expanding the edifice created by Reliance Retail at the customer end and reinforcing supply chain and logistics,鈥 the chairman said.

Ambani added that Reliance Retail would expand to new cities, markets and form strategic alliances.

This would be done through nearly 1,000 stores, while it has 900 stores across 86 cities.


The retail company has run up losses over Rs 450 crore in last fiscal.

Ambani said RIL would diversity its conventional energy space with new accumulations in three years.

RIL proposes to accelerate their campaign in the Krishna-Godavari basin,as per the chairman.

Meanwhile, the gas production levels have crossed six billion cubic metres and the D6 field is slated for plateau production by the second half of the year 2010.

Oil production from the D26 field has 2.8 million barrels with daily peak production expected by the end of the year.


With current cash balance of nearly Rs 19,420 crore, the company expects to be debt free in 21 months, Ambani said.

Even in difficult economic environment, RIL鈥檚 capital expenditure was Rs 24,713 crore ($4.9 billion).


However, the stock market was not enthused.

On the BSE, RIL stock saw a marginal drop of 0.65 per cent to close at Rs 2,133.75 per share.

鈥淲hatever Mr Ambani has said is old. There is nothing to cheer investors.However, overall sentiment is positive.鈥

Jagannadham Thunuguntla, head, SMC Capital, and other market analysts feels so.


Manufacturing Sector Showed Firm Indications of Recovery

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) survey said India鈥檚 manufacturing sector showed firm indications of recovery and was on a higher growth trajectory in the first half (H1) of the current fiscal (2009-10).

However, the survey compared results for April-September 2009 with April-September 2008 and showed that growth rates in the majority of sectors had positive trends in the first half of 2009-10.

Meanwhile, there is also a significant shift in the trends, from the negative and moderate growth category to the high and excellent growth one, as 12% of the sectors registered such a shift in H1 2009-10 compared with all of 2008-09.

The buoyant manufacturing growth in the first half is led by a rise in production of basic goods, intermediate goods and consumer durables while around 10% of the sectors surveyed registered an excellent growth rate in H1 2009-10.

On the other hand, the share of the sectors registering moderate growth declined to 35.8% in H1 this year while Q2 witnessed substantial decline in the share of sectors recording a negative growth rate, to 19.4% from 40 per cent in the first quarter of the current year.

Sectors showing a greater growth rate increased to 35.5% of the total in July鈥揝eptember 2009 while sectors registering an excellent growth rate of above 20% include nitrogen gas, phosphate, motor starters, industrial gasses, and construction equipment.

A high 10-20 per cent growth rate was registered by pumps, light commercial vehicles, cars, scooters and other consumer durables like electronics and home appliances.

Moreover, 20 of 29 sectors have reported negative growth rates in the first half of 2009-10 and with the exception of soda ash, machine tools, cars, multipurpose vehicles and biscuits, all other sectors reported negative and moderate growth rates.


PNC Infratech files DRHP, to raise Rs 175 cr via IPO

Delhi based engineering and infrastructure company, PNC Infratech is planning to raise Rs 175 crore (excluding issue related expenses) via initial public offering (IPO).The company refiled a draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with SEBI after its initial filing on January 17, 2008 .The company intends to utilize the issue proceeds for investment in capital equipment; working capital requirements and prepayment/repayment of loans & advances.

Kumar Urban Development to raise Rs 450cr via IPO

Pune-based real estate firm Kumar Urban Development Ltd plans to raise Rs 450 Cr through an initial public offering (IPO) to retire high cost debts and for new projects. According to the Chairman and Managing Director Lalit Kumar Jain about Rs 200 Cr. would be used to retire high cost debt, while the rest would be for new development and existing projects.

Den Networks to list on Nov 24, issue price at Rs 195/sh

Den Networks, a cable distribution entity with a pan-Indian footprint, will list its equity shares on the exchanges on November 24, 2009 (Tuesday). It has fixed its issue price at Rs 195 per share. The company had entered the capital market on October 28, 2009, with an initial public offering (IPO) of up to 2 crore equity shares and the price band was at Rs 195-205/share. The IPO Proceeds will partly fund the company’s plans to invest in the development of cable television infrastructure and services; the development of cable broadband infrastructure and services; and acquisition of content and broadcasting rights amongst others.

Companies may have to list within 7 days of IPO’s

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) plans to reduce the time taken to process initial public offers (IPO) applications to seven days from the existing 20 days. Further, the capital market regulator intends to extend the Application Supported by Blocked Amount (ASBA) system to non-retail investor categories, to reduce the overall time for the IPO process. In ASBA, an IPO applicant’s money does not leave his bank account till shares are allotted to him. At present, this facility is available only to retail investors.

Ashoka Buildcon plans IPO to raise Rs 225-cr

Ashoka Buildcon Ltd, the flagship company of the Ashoka Group, which operates many roads and bridges in India on build, operate and transfer basis (BOT), plans to raise Rs 225 crore through an Initial Public Offer (IPO). The amount raised from the IPO will be used to repay debt and to meet working capital requirements. The company has so far built a road network totaling approximately 2,523 kilometers of lanes in the country. The company also has 13 ready-mix concrete plants which have a capacity of 590 cubic meters per hour.

SEBI Allows Auctions for QIBs in FPOs :)

SEBI Allows Auctions for QIBs in FPOs

Market regulator, SEBI has introduced a significant change in the way institutional bidders invest in follow-on public offers by allowing allotments through auctions.


The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has amended the Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements Regulations (ICDR) to allow pure auctions for qualified institutional investors (QIBs) in follow-on public offerings to begin with.

The method may be later extended to initial public offerings.


Under the new method, bidders will be free to bid at any price above the floor price.

At present, allotments are made at the floor price.

Retail investors, however , will be allotted shares at the floor price.


The board also decided that the issuer is free to place a cap either in terms of the number of shares or percentage to issued capital of the company so that a single bidder does not garner all the shares on offer, ensuring a wider distribution of shareholding.


Jagannadham Thunuguntla, Equity Head,聽 SMC Capitals, said this means an institutional investor can continue to bid above the floor price and the QIB allotment will be made to the highest bidder.

鈥淭he intent is to enable companies to mop up more funds. Earlier, even when there were huge subscriptions and huge demand for an issue, the company could not get more money. This becomes more relevant in the context of the recently announced divestment plans and FPOs by the government for public sector units,” he said.


Auction for QIBs is welcome as it would allow risk-taking entities and not just the promoters to be a part of the price discovery process, other analyst said.

A SEBI release issued after the board meeting also said the minimum market capitalisation required by listed firms to sell shares in follow-on offerings has been halved to Rs.5,000 crores聽 from Rs 10,000 crore.


Moreover, the market regulator has also made it a mandatory that all listed companies would have to furnish audited or un-audited balance sheets on a half-yearly basis within 45 days from the end of the quarter instead of the current yearly basis.


This would imply that Indian companies will be required to disclose balance sheet items.

Shareholders would be able to access the statement of assets and liabilities of the company and its solvency position on a half-yearly basis.

Shareholders would receive immense help in making informed investment decisions now and would be in better position to assess the financial health of the companies, with the implementation of this SEBI regulation of mandating frequent disclosure of the asset-liability position of companies by companies.


Govt Decides Against Rice Imports

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Govt Decides Against Rice Imports

Govt decides against rice imports:

In a calculated move to signal categorically to the world market that India was not in a desperate situation with respect to rice, the government said on Friday that it will not import rice for now.

The immediate implication of this move is that retail prices of rice, up 15 per cent over last year, will remain firm at least until early next year.

Rice output is estimated to have dropped 15 million tonnes due to poor monsoons this kharif.

The government has, over the last two days, put in place strictures that will force traders to report purchases of more than 10,000 tonnes of rice in a bid to check prices.

Punjab has also imposed stock holding limits on traders and millers for both rice and pulses.


In Other major Commodities Updates we can see how Government has bowed down to demands of Farmers after their mass protest in capital this week.


Government to amend new sugarcane price rule:

The government on Friday said it would amend a new sugarcane pricing rule, bowing to protests held in the capital by farmers demanding higher prices for their produce.

The government would delete the contentious part of the new cane pricing rule, Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters after a meeting of senior ministers.

Cane farmers believe the new cane price rule, which puts the onus on state governments if they decide to raise the cane floor rates fixed by the federal government, will curtail their bargaining power.

Earlier, Farmers from Uttar Pradesh (UP) state in northern India, which produces almost half of the country’s cane, have been on warpath for about three weeks to press for higher prices, forcing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to consider changes in fixing cane prices.


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Gold Buying Cools Off After New Records


Gold buying cools off after new records

Gold demand declined as prices struck a fresh high, after a slight pick-up seen in off take in the previous session.


However, the most-traded December gold contract hit a fresh record high at 17,284 rupees per 10 grams, before trading 0.12% higher at 17,251 rupees tracking overseas leads.


Meanwhile, it is said that traders were stationed on the sidelines seeking lower prices to stock for the ongoing wedding season while the business of dealers declined by about 50% on year as high prices dented demand.


On the other hand, jewelery demand in India decreased 42% to 111.6 tonnes in Q3 to September, while total demand, which comprises jewellery and retail investment demand, fell 49% to 137.6 tonnes.


Govt Not to Impose Restrictions on Foreign Borrowings

Govt Not to Impose Restrictions on Foreign Borrowings


The government ruled out limiting companies from borrowing money from overseas market stating that the rise in foreign money is not a matter of concern at present and there is no such proposal.


However, companies are permitted to raise $500 million annually under the automatic route while infrastructure firms under the approval route can remit up to $100 million for rupee expenditure and for other companies the cap on approval route remittance is set at $50 million.


Meanwhile, capital inflows reached record levels as investors borrow cheap from advanced countries and invest in high-yielding assets in developing countries while this led to speculations that government may put in place a system of auctioning ECBs.


In India, foreign inflows through foreign institutional investors (FIIs), ECBs and foreign currency convertible bonds (FCCBs) have been on the rise, while FDI is not picking up as fast.


On the other hand, on a quarterly basis, the funds raised through ECBs and FCCBs increased by 70% in the September quarter to $4.61 billion while FIIs have put in a record over Rs 71,900 crore in the equities market.