COMMODITY WEEKLY COMMENTARY

Most of the commodities closed in positive territory when Federal Reserve repeated its pledge to keep monetary conditions loose for the longer term. Impact was seen on all metals and energy; despite the rise in dollar index. Base metals complex was no exception, copper traded in upside territory.

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Power distribution problems after a devastating earthquake in Chile also supported the price. Terrific short covering witnessed in nickel on the news that BHP Billiton would take up to two weeks to restart nickel production at its Kwinana refinery in Australia apart from other factors. Both, lead and zinc closed down.

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Event risk made energy complex volatile. OPEC for the fifth time since 2008 decided to maintain its production limits unchanged. Furthermore, crude stocks rose 1 million barrels last week, while distillate inventories fell 1.5 million barrels and gasoline stocks dropped 1.7 million barrels, according to EIA.

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Crude traded in upside territory but could not breach $83 per barrel. Worries about Greece’s debt problems capped the upside. Surplus in inventory gave a jolt to natural gas prices and its futures dropped to the lowest price in more than five months. Vague movements in dollar index and euro resulted in see saw movements in bullions. However, on Friday many commodities including base metals and energy complex erased their previous gains on rise in dollar index.

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Agri commodities on domestic front traded with sideways to bullish bias in the week gone by. Guar pack remained in range due to subdued trading activity in spot as well as future market. In oil seed section; soya bean prices traded in range while mustard seed futures gained smartly on NCDEX.

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Weak trend in overseas market and bearish domestic fundamental factors such as weak export demand for soya meal and ample inventories of edible oils capped the upside in soya bean prices. The sharp decline in Malaysian palm oil futures had also pressurized the prices. However, mustard futures gained on the back of strong fundamentals. Lower production projection for the current year had a positive impact on the market.

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In spices pack; turmeric and pepper shot up like a bullet last week while chilli and jeera futures remained range bound. Pepper futures traded on a positive note due to continued fresh buying on the exchange supported by the factor of tight supply situation amid gaining demand. Despite the expectations of increase in production, arrivals are on the lower side. This is leading to tight supply in the physical markets. Turmeric futures gained consecutively for the sixth week and hit contract highs in the week gone by on firm spot cues and low stocks, but conceded the gains by the end of the week on profitbooking.

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Rising arrivals and ample carry forward stocks were seen weighing on chana futures as prices settled in red zone.

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