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Reliance Broadcast Network touches roof as its arm acquires Line V of DMRC

Reliance Broadcast Network is currently trading at Rs. 109.80, up by 5.20 points or 4.97 % from its previous closing of Rs. 104.60 on the BSE.

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The scrip opened at Rs. 109.75 and has touched a high and low of Rs. 109.80 and Rs. 109.75 respectively. So far 52,300 shares were traded on the counter.

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The BSE group ‘T’ stock of face value Rs. 5 has touched a 52 week high of Rs. 145 on 04-Dec-2009 and a 52 week low of Rs. 45.60 on 27-May-2010.

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Last one week high and low of the scrip stood at Rs. 109.80 and Rs. 96 respectively. The current market cap of the company is Rs. 506.47 crore.

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The promoters holding in the company stood at 61.47% while Institutions and Non-Institutions held 1.14% and 37.38% respectively.

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Reliance Broadcast Network (RBNL)‘s Out of Home (OOH) arm — Big Street — has acquired Line V of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for its outdoor advertising activities for a period of five year’s. The company has already acquired Line II and III of the DMRC. With the latest win, it now holds 40% of premium inventory in the DMRC network.

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The OOH market in India is estimated to be around Rs 1,700 crore. The company is looking to capitalize its OOH inventory with the Line V acquisition as DMRC attracts around 1.5 million commuters daily.

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The Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group company operates the Big 92.7 frequency modulation (FM) radio station . It runs 45 radio stations. The company was demerged from Reliance MediaWorks in August 2009.

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COMMODITY WEEKLY COMMENTARY 6th-10th September 2010

International gold prices rose back above $1250 an ounce for the second time in a week, as government bonds ticked lower together with energy prices. Silver prices also touched a new 16-week high at $19.57 an ounce on international bourses while it made a life time high on MCX.

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Apart from bad economic news globally, a weak Rupee is also pushing up prices in India. Base metal pack also ended higher last week on positive manufacturing and improved jobless data from both China and US which pushed prices higher. However, lower dollar index also supported prices. After being top performer for many days, Nickel has marginally underperformed other base metals as inventories on LME increased. In energy counter, crude oil futures got jiggled in hands of both bulls and bears. Prices remained volatile for the week amid mixed fundamentals.

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On one hand, prices got support from improved economic data but upside was offset by building inventories. The positive sentiment was offset by the effect of the abysmal inventory status report.

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U.S commercial crude oil inventories increased by 3.4 million barrels from the previous week; at 361.7 million barrels. U.S. crude oil inventories are above the upper limit of the average range for this time of year. Total motor gasoline inventories decreased by 0.2 million barrels last week, and are above the upper limit of the average range.

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It was an action pack week for agro commodities in which they agro commodities saw big movements. Most of the spices closed on negative note bearing in mind the overseas weakness coupled with arrivals in some spices. Dip in Brazilian and Vietnamese pepper parity put pressure on Indian pepper as well and hence we saw two week continuous weakness. Similar to pepper, jeera futures also dragged down on dull spot trading. There was no respite for turmeric futures and they fell like nine pins for straight seven week on low stock buying amid the news of increase in acreage in Andhra Pradesh.

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Cardamom was sideways, while chilli was marginally up on short covering tracking the firm spot markets. Due to strong arrivals in major mandies coupled with beginning of fresh sowing of kharif pulses, chana futures surrendered their previous gain to some extent. Timely arrival of monsoon in southern and western regions has improved the sowing activity. Selling intensified in oil seeds and edible oil on the back of better crop estimate together with weakness in overseas market. Damaged crops in Russia, Europe and Canada, boosting demand for U.S. supplies to make animal feed, food and fuel revived maize futures. Guar counter was up on lower level buying.

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Weekly Update 6th-10th September 2010

Stocks rallied this week as the manufacturing in U.S. and China expanded at faster pace reassured investors about the economic recovery. The ISM manufacturing increased to 56.3 for a sizable eight tenths gain from July.

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China’s PMI rose to 51.7 from 51.2, signaling that the economy’s slowdown is stabilizing. In U.S. payroll jobs in August slipped 54,000 after falling a revised 54,000 in July for the third straight month but there was a moderate gain in the private sector.

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Government jobs dropped 121,000 while private non farm employment continued to rise, gaining 67,000 in August. Also on the positive side, wages were up. President Barack Obama said there is “no quick fix” for the economy and will unveil new ideas next week to boost growth and hiring. Chief of Bank of Japan said that the bank is ready to take more actions after giving 10 trillion yen ($118 billion) to a bank loan facility and the nation’s Prime Minister said that the Japanese government is ready to take “bold” action on the currency if necessary which is threatening its exporters.

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India being second biggest emerging economy showed yet another strong performance in terms of growth. The economy saw an expansion of 8.8 percent in the first quarter ending June, the fastest pace in two and a half years giving an imprint of strong underlying domestic demand. Trade data showed that exports rose for the ninth straight month in July 2010, growing an annual 13.2% to $16.24 billion and Imports for the month rose 34.3% to $29.17 billion, widening the country’s trade deficit to $12.93 billion. Exports during the April-July period rose 30.1% to $68.63 billion.

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Being a short trading week, stock specific activity is expected to rule in the market as investors would like to see Industrial Production numbers for the month of July scheduled to be released on Friday, 10th September. In line with rebound in the global indices, Indian market too witnessed sharp bounce after testing the major support zone of 5350 levels. As expected, dollar index traded with the negative bias throughout the week and likely to be sideways to negative bias in the coming days as well. Keeping in the mind all the cues, one may stay long with trailing stop loss strategy or book partial profit on rally to avoid any notional loss. Nifty has support between 5400-5350 and Sensex between 17800-17600 levels.

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Currency play together with some improvements in economic releases invited bulls in industrial metals while energy pack could not retort positively. Bullions continued to rock on investment demand. Now there is a state of confusion on the subject of the further trend in commodities. Dollar index has taken the crucial support of 82 and moved northward. Base metals gave knee jerk reaction on weak unemployment data of US at the same time as precious metals are trading near multi week high. Various interest rate meeting may inject volatility in commodities. Buying is still intact but upside appears to be limited in short run in base metals. Furthermore, base metals and crude oil are moving in a different direction that is a cause of concern for the market players. It is creating an ambiguous situation and indicating unclear trend of commodities.

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Services Sector Slows Down for Second Consecutive Month in August

India’s services sector slowed down for a second consecutive month in August as the pace of expansion comes down from a record high level seen in June, as reflected in the HSBC Services Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) based on a survey of 400 firms. However, even the current reading on the PMI is very robust and consistent with a fast expanding economy.

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The headline seasonally adjusted HSBC Business Activity Index stood at 59.3 in August, falling slightly from 61.7 in July. This was the second successive decrease in the headline figure, even though it continued to signal a very sharp pace of expansion in the country’s service sector.

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Earlier the manufacturing data too had shown some slowdown in expansion in August, although the absolute figure there too remained strong. Overall, the HSBC India Composite Output Index for the month of August stood at 60.3, down from 61.9 in July. However, the latest reading continues to remain consistent with a very rapid pace of growth in the overall economy.

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Looking at the sub-indices, the index of incoming new business received by the service sector firms increased markedly during the month, boosted by the ongoing improvement in global economic conditions as well as strong domestic demand. The survey also revealed that the latest growth was faster than that posted in July. All the six sectors monitored under the survey indicated that new business had risen during the month.

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Further, despite the sharp rise in output recorded during the month, backlogs of work with the service sector companies continued to rise in August. It clearly indicates increasing capacity pressures being faced by the economy. A similar finding was also revealed by the manufacturing PMI, thus indicating that overall economy was under capacity pressures and growth could slow down until the pace of investment picks up.

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In a related inference, the August data signalled a marked increase in input costs faced by Indian service companies. This is an expected development when capacities come under pressure. The latest rise in input prices was driven by higher purchasing costs and wage inflation. The survey indicated that while the rise in costs in August was marginally lower than the previous month, it was nonetheless strong in the context of the historical data.

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Overall, the services sector as well composite business activity seems to be doing pretty well for now. The recent slowdown reflects that capacities are getting filled and therefore pressures on cost side are building up. Commenting on the India Services PMI survey, Frederic Neumann, Co-Head of Asian Economics Research at HSBC said, “Service sector activity, which in India accounts for the bulk of economic output, slowed a little last month. But, monetary officials can hardly afford to relax their guard. Growth remains strong, and there are few signs that input and output price pressures are letting up meaningfully. Both employment generation and outstanding business remain consistent with a robust, ongoing expansion.”

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CRUDE OIL…. “Black Gold …Key driver of Global Economy”

Crude oil is the key driver of every economy therefore it is known as “Life blood of Economy”. It has shown lot of volatile movements but has shown resilience despite below expectation US economic numbers and euro zone crises in May this year. Crude prices have more than doubled since dropping below $35 late in 2008, but are still significantly lower as compared to the record high near $147 a barrel in July 2008.

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Crude prices have been trading in wide range of $65 to $90 since last August 2009 .Crude prices have weathered the euro  zone crises very well as they did not break this wide range.

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In the month of June and July, the fall in the greenback and recovery in global equity markets have supported the prices higher. The pace at which crude oil is being used across the globe as fuel in transportation and its other byproducts in industrial applications, it is expected that prices will be well supported. Furthermore, the lack of major alternative fuel of crude and ever shrinking oil wells, coupled with lack of new exploration will give the bull’s upper hand in long run.

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But, as we have seen in the stunning run up to $147 in 2008 and then plunge from that high to below $37, it can be said that it is the speculative forces that run the crude oil more than the true fundamentals of supply and demand.

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The other energy source is natural gas and it’s available due to new found Shale gas supply in US but due to lack of proper infrastructure in place it is quite tough to presume natural gas to become a tangible replacement for oil any time soon.

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Today, China is the world’s largest consumer of energy. Continued demand of Chinese and Indian economies may support the crude prices in long term. But China’s crude oil imports in July fell 3.2 percent from a year earlier after record inbound shipments in June which has capped the upside.

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As the hurricane season in US is from 1 June to 30 November so hurricane premium also support the prices during this period. Recently hurricane premium has been seen in the crude prices as the prices did not see major sell off despite increasing stockpiles. Furthermore recovery in the global equity markets tends to be supportive for the prices.

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As the cost structure of drilling and exploration has gone up so the marginal cost of production has also increased. Companies are benefiting at present where crude oil prices hover between at $75 to $80, but if we do see upward pressure on the cost structure, again, over time we do see a rise in oil price.

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Recently contrasting economic data between the US and Euro zone as well as the earnings performances of the banking sector has been seen which continues to shore up the euro on the premise of broadening stabilization of interbank concerns and to a lesser extent robust recovery in Germany.

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OPEC opted for production cuts in earlier this year and 11 countries adhered to compliance except Iraq. OPEC countries boosted output from 24.845 million b/d by 80,000 b/d to 26.82 million b/d for the July 2010. This exceeded the OPEC 11 target by 1.975 million b/d and puts the group’s compliance rate at 53%.But in order to meet the growing demand OPEC produced an estimated 29.4 million b/d of crude oil in the second quarter of 2010 after remaining relatively steady for the past four quarters.

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US Distillate demand —-Pointer to industrial recovery

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The fall in the distillate demand in US is also a concerning factor as far as the demand scenario is concerned. The main driver of distillates demand is heavy use by industrial sector, which has been severely lacking in the second quarter. The U.S. actually had a year on year increase for distillate demand between 2009 and 2010 as high as 17.1% for the last week in May but it has cratered to +2.2% year on year in two months time.

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The stockpiles of distillate fuel in July month is at the highest level since the week ended Oct. 16. 2009. And this distillate inventory builds will cap the upside in the crude oil.

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Analysis:-The absolute change in the EIA crude inventories has shown fluctuation in wide range of -8 million barrels to +8 million barrels in the total weekly crude oil supply data.

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Current scenario

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Crude oil which often tracks events in the global economy is very much affected by the turbulences that take place in various key economic powerhouses. At present when the hysteria around the euro zone crisis began to subside, fears of US economic slowdown have begun to intensify. US recovery is still causing as indicated by its weak housing and labor markets.

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This slowdown is also captured in all the economic reports over the last two months, from housing and manufacturing, to employment and GDP. All these economic reports are below the expectations, and prior reports are being revised down. It appears the US economy really slowed down over the last two months in particular.

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The crude oil outlook going forward in rest of the quarter is quite bleak as the bulk of the summer driving season in US is over, and now we have less demand and inventory is rising at the same time in this commodity.

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PRICE INDEX “The Score Card”

The price index is an indicator of the average price movement over time of a fixed basket of goods and services. The objective is to monitor & measure the retail, wholesale or producer prices etc.

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Base Year for calculation: Presently WPI series compiled are — Assam (base 1993-94), Bihar (1991-92), Haryana (1980-81), Karnataka (1981-82), Punjab (1979-82), U.P.(1970- 71) and West Bengal (1980-81). The National Statistical Commission has recommended that base year should be revised every five year and not later than ten years. Step-wise introduction to compilation of WPI: Like most of the price indices, WPI is based on “Laspeyres formula” for reason of practical convenience. These steps are discussed in detail in the following sections:

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1) Concept of Wholesale Prices: It is the rate at which relatively large transaction of purchase, usually for further sale, is effected. The price pertaining to bulk transaction of agricultural commodities may be farm harvest prices, or prices at the village mandi /market of the Agricultural Marketing Produce Committee/ procurement prices, support prices.

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2) Choice of Base Year: The criteria for the selection of base year are (i) a normal year i.e. a year in which there are no abnormalities in the level of production, trade and in the price level and price variations, (ii) a year for which reliable production, price and other required data are available and (iii) a year as recent possible and comparable with other data series at national and state level.

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3) Selection of Items, Varieties/ Grades, Markets: The importance of an item in the free market will depend on its traded value during the base year. In agriculture commodities the selection of new items in the basket is done on the basis of increased importance in wholesale markets. In the existing WPI series, items, their specifications and markets have been finalized in consultation of with the Directorate of E&S (M/O Agriculture), National Horticulture Board, Spices Board,Tea board, Coffee Board and Rubber Board, Silk Board, Directorate Of Tobacco, Cotton Corporation of India etc.

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4) Derivation of Weighting Diagram: Weights of Agriculture commodities: These weights are based on the Marketed value (MV) arrived at by multiplying Marketed Surplus Ratio (MSR) to the estimates of Value of Production (VOP) of agricultural commodities.

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5) Collection of Prices: The collection of base prices is done concurrently while the work on finalization of index basket is on. Therefore, price collection is normally done for larger number of items pending finalization. Once the basket is ready, current prices are collected only as per the final basket from the designated sources. Weekly prices need to be collected for pre-determined day of the week. For the current series prices are quoted on the basis of the prevailing prices of every Friday.

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6) Treatment of prices collected from open market & administered prices: The issue of using administered prices for index compilation is resolved by taking into account appropriate ratio between the levy and non-levy portions. Where these ratios are not available, the issues can be resolved through taking the appropriate number of price quotations of the administered prices and the open market prices after periodic review.

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7) Classification structure: The classification is based on NIC renders the WPI data amenable to comparison with the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) and National Income data.

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8) Methodology of Index Calculation: In the first stage, once the price data are scrutinized, price relative for each price quote is calculated. Price relative is calculated as the ratio of the current price to the base price multiplied by 100 i.e. (P1/Po) X100. In the next stage, commodity/item level index is arrived at as the simple arithmetic average of the price relatives of all the varieties (each quote) included under that commodity. Next, the indices for the sub groups/groups/ major groups are compiled and the aggregationmethod is based on Laspeyres formula.

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9) Provisional Vs Final: The weekly indices are compiled after a short gap of two weeks only as compared to other indices, which are compiled on monthly basis. The WPI are, therefore released provisionally and final revised indices, incorporating all possible quotations, are released after a gap of two months.

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10) Data collection mechanism : At present data collection for WPI is solely based on voluntary basis. Price data pertaining to Primary articles and Fuel & petroleum products are mainly collected through administrative Ministries/ Department’s, PSU’s and state government departments. For ‘Manufactured products’, apart from some government sources, data collection is done through Chambers of Commerce, Trade Associations, Business Houses and leading Manufacturing Units.

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Weekly Update 30th August – 3rd September 2010

The global equity markets fell in the week gone by after a record plunge in U.S. home sales and slowing export growth in Japan raised concerns that developed economies are losing momentum. However losses in the equity markets were recouped during the end of the week when Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said the U.S. central bank “will do all that it can” to safeguard the recovery and growth and stronger-than-forecast U.S. economic growth eased concern the world’s biggest economy will return to recession. According to the EPFR Global, risk aversion led global investors to put some $5.2 billion into bonds and withdrew a net $7.1 billion from equity funds worldwide.

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European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet called for immediate fiscal austerity measures. He said that the lesson from past history is that dealing with the legacy of accumulated imbalances is not simply a duty to be fulfilled after the economic recovery, but rather an important precondition for sustaining a durable recovery.

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However he was skeptical of the argument that cutting back deficits now would risk derailing the recovery. Bank of Japan is expected to hold an emergency meeting next week to consider more monetary easing and Japan’s Prime Minister is expected to give economic stimulus package as strong appreciation in Yen to 15 year high against the dollar is threatening the export-led recovery.

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On the domestic front, RBI in its Annual Report said that the growth outlook for the current fiscal year is robust but inflation has emerged as a major concern. It said that it would remain committed to contain generalized inflationary pressures through its calibrated monetary policy based on careful assessment of risks to both inflation and growth.

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Going next week, investors will keep an eye over the GDP growth number for the first quarter of 2010-2011 to be released on 31st August. The expansion in the economy is expected to match up the growth of 8.6 percent seen in the last quarter of the fiscal 2009-2010. Stock specific activity, specifically in Auto and Cement stocks may not be ruled out as companies would be reporting monthly production numbers.

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In comparison to world indices, Indian markets are still in the better position as it fell marginally lower as comparised to global counterparts. On the weekly closing basis, dollar index is struggling around 83.50 levels which may trigger technical recovery across the board especially in the US and European markets. Accordingly, one should opt for staying long for the next week till our levels withhold. Nifty has support between 5350- 5300 and Sensex between 17800-17600 levels.

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Risk aversion in the financial markets may continue to keep the safe haven appeal of bullions intact. US GDP came slightly lower than previous figure but was better than expected. Fed comments to safe guard the US economy may extend some support to the base metals counter however the continued weakness in the housing and job sector may keep the upside capped. Fed commented that the central bank will act if “unexpected developments” cause the recovery to falter. Euro zone GDP and US housing data next week will guide the movement in crude oil and base metals pack in near term. Crude oil may trade choppy as marginal short covering can be witnessed in near term.

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In Agri pack bears may keep the selling pressure intact especially in spices complex. Oilseeds complex may witness an increased activity as the fundamental storyline in the global markets as well as in the domestic, have improved. India’s new business opportunity of soy meal export to Thailand & China’s strong export demand for U.S soybean crop coupled with strength in crude oil futures may provide psychological support to attract buying. Outflow of Potato stocks from UP cold storages and farmers eying the exports to Pakistan may provide some support to the prices.

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TRADING BLUEPRINT FOR OPTION TRADER

To trade Options one should have a trading plan. A trading plan, first of all includes technical analysis of trend of the underlying whose option is to be traded. It is very important to decide the trend of the underlying – upside, downside or sideways. Once we have decided on this trend it becomes easier to choose an option strategy and move forward with the trading plan. For trading any option strategy like trading any underlying stock we need to have a stop loss so that if the market moves against us we can minimize our losses by exiting our position at that point. Along with deciding the trend of the underlying and the stop loss we need to choose a scrip or stock which has high trading volumes, because trade are possible in only those options where there are high trading liquidity in their underlying.

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Even though option prices are determined by market demand and supply, their prices are influenced by the following factors: the underlying price, the strike price, the time to expiration, the underlying asset’s volatility, and the risk free interest rate. Each of the five parameters has a different impact on the pricing of a Call and a Put. We have already discussed above the importance of knowing the trend of the underlying stock’s price, which can further explain the importance of choosing the options with the right strike prices for the chosen strategy.

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While buying or selling any option we must calculate time remaining to the option’s expiration, as the time remaining in an option’s life moves constantly towards zero. Even if the underlying price is constant, the option price will still change since time to exercise it reduces. The time value of both call as well as put option decreases to zero as the time to expiration approaches zero. Therefore we should try to trade in options which have sufficient time remaining to expiration. As far volatility is concerned, it can be defined as the movement of returns. The more volatile the underlying stock higher is the price of the option on the underlying stock. Whether it is a call or a put, this relationship remains the same.

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With all the above factors we also need to calculate the break even points of our strategies, and risk-reward ratios, the brokerage or the commission to be paid to the broker and margins to be paid to the exchange. As we know that in the spot market, the buyer of a stock has to pay the entire transaction amount (for purchasing the stock) to the seller and the settlement take place on T+2 basis; which means two days after the transaction date, but in a derivative contract, if some one enters into a trade today the settlement happens on a future date. Because of this, there is some possibility of default by any of the parties. Option contracts are traded through exchanges and the counter party risk is taken care of by the clearing corporation. In order to prevent parties from defaulting, the corporation levies a margin on buyers and sellers. This margin is a percentage (approximately 20%) of the contract value.

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Finally we need to know how the option trades are finally settled in the exchange. There are basically three types of settlement in stock option contracts at NSE: daily premium settlement, exercise settlement and interim exercise settlement. In index options, there is no interim exercise settlement as index options cannot be exercised before expiry. In Daily Premium Settlement buyer of an option is obligated to pay the premium towards the options purchased by him and the seller of an option is entitled to receive the premium for the options sold by him. The premium payable and the premium receivable are netted to compute the net premium payable or receivable for each client for each options contract at the time of settlement. As for Final Settlement on the day of expiry, all in the money options are exercised by default. An investor who has a long position in an in-the-money option on the expiry date will receive the exercise settlement value which is the difference between the settlement price and the strike price. Similarly, an investor who has a short position in an in-the money option will have to pay the exercise settlement value.

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So keeping all the above factors in mind we should come up with a set strategy – a trading plan, where we should manage our position according to predefined rules (like stop loss, breakeven points, Hedging techniques time of expiry etc.) defined in the trading plan. Greed tends to take a grip of most investors in the market, especially in F&O space. Hence, it is advisable that traders do not get too greedy and book profits when their target return is achieved.

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Gold ETFs………..Safe Haven Against Market Risk

Not too long ago, when buying physical gold was the only option for investing in gold. However, the launch of Gold ETFs has opened another option for investors. When the stock markets take a sharp fall investors to look beyond equities and consider other investment avenues. In that case gold provide safe heaven. By enabling investors to invest in gold without holding it in physical form, it offer a rather unique investment opportunity to investors.

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Gold ETFs are commodity exchange traded funds which track prices of gold. Hence, they can be bought and sold like stocks on a real-time basis. These funds are passively managed and they mirror domestic gold prices.

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How Gold ETFs Work

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Gold ETFs are essentially different to gold. The manner in which they track the gold prices makes gold ETF products unique. Some gold ETFs buy and physically hold gold while others invest in futures contracts. Physically-backed gold ETFs will obviously track the spot price of gold more accurately, since the value of the underlying holdings depends solely on the market price of bullion.

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ETFs that using futures contracts will track the spot price of bullion very closely, but may deviate occasionally due to phenomenon’s such as backwardation and contango in commodity futures markets.

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For investors with significant gold holdings, diversification across custodians and geographies may be desired as well. Some investors may sleep better at night knowing their gold is securely stored in multiple locations in different parts of the world. For this reason, London-based ETF Securities offers an ETF that stores its gold in Switzerland, a country long known for being friendly to investors due to different reasons.

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The holding of world largest gold ETF SPDR Gold Trust, rose to 1295.516 metric tons by August 18.

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Correlation with dollar

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Gold generally traded inversely with dollar. Gold tends to rise when the dollar is weak However gold traded positive co-relation with dollar recently. It can be seen as uncertainty in global recovery which has supported both gold and dollar index.

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Criteria for selecting a Gold ETF

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Ideally, investors must select a Gold ETF that holds a significant portion of its portfolio in gold and a fund which has a lower expense ratio. Higher expenses translate into lower returns for investors.

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Advantages of Gold ETFs

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? Gold ETFs can be bought at the prevailing market rate without paying any premium

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•Quick and convenient dealing through demat account.

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•No storage and security issue for investors

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• Transparent pricing

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• Can be traded on stock exchange like buying / selling a stock.

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• Ideal for retail investor as minimum lot size to trade is one unit on secondary market. The resale value will be always safe

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•NAV of a unit will track price of approximately ½ or 1 gram of gold

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• As per SEBI regulations, the purity of underlying gold in Gold ETFs is 0.995 fineness and above.

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•long-term capital gains tax is applicable after twelve months from the date of purchase

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•Gold ETFs are not subject to Wealth Tax.

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Gold ETFs turnover in domestic market The table shows the Gold ETFs available in India and there turnover. Among 7 Gold ETFs GOLD BEES accounted for 60.30 % of the total trading volumes during the month July. Since July 2009 monthly turnover is increasing rapidly due to growing uncertainty in global recovery.



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Weekly Update 16-20th August 2010

Global markets fell in the week to date on renewed concern arising about the global recovery. Investors hoping for quick recovery got worried with the U.S. Federal Reserve saying that growth “is likely to be more modest” than they previously projected. It said that the pace of recovery in output and employment has slowed in recent months.

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The Fed left the overnight interbank lending rate target in a range of zero to 0.25 percent and repeated a pledge to keep rates low “for an extended period.” Stocks further came down with the data showing that more Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits raising the concerns over the consumer spending. Initial jobless rose to highest levels since mid February to 4,84,000. Industrial production in Europe unexpectedly declined in June by 0.1 percent from May on account of a drop in consumer durable goods.

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Another report showed that consumer confidence in U.K. dropped to a 15 month low in July. Bank of England said growth will be weaker and economy may need more emergency stimulus. It reduced its growth forecast to 3 percent annual pace from 3.6 percent rate forecast in May. The Bank of England held its bond-purchase plan at 200 billion pounds ($315 billion) and kept the main rate at a record low. Japanese markets too witnessed selling, with yen coming near to 15 months high to dollar, raising concerns over export earnings. China saw a smaller expansion in Industrial output in 11 months in July to 13.4 percent. Credit off take in China too expanded by least since March and export orders contracted in July on weak global demand.

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India’s Industrial production growth moderated to a 13-month low of 7.1% in June from 11.3% in May, weighed by a high base effect and sharp slowdown in the capital goods segment. Growth in capital goods segment weakened to 9.7% in June from 34.2% in May, suggesting a slowdown in investment demand. However, consumer demand remained strong with consumer durable goods growing over 20% for the 12th month in a row. With the base effect stronger from now onwards, the industrial growth rate is likely to remain below 10% for some time.

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The developed countries still resorting to provide stimulus to their respective economies in order to sustain the growth pace is likely to keep up the foreign money flowing into the emerging markets like India.

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Moreover with the good monsoon season, moderating Industrial production and edgy global recovery it looks RBI would wait for a while before further hiking its policy rates. Trend of the world stock markets on a weekly basis is still up but the sharp profit taking in many exchanges along with a sharp rise in dollar index is a sign of concern. But till the trend is up, one should be playing from the long side of the market. Nifty has support between 5350- 5300 levels and Sensex between 17800-17600 levels.

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Last week drop in commodities along with recovery in gold and dollar index after many weeks is advocating that upside in metals and energy is limited. Widening US trade balance and slow rise in Chinese factory order amid Chinese monetary tightening cooled off the prices. However, it will be too early to say that metals and energy will take a downturn. But they can see a gradual decline, especially base metals. Some important data from US and UK will further give direction to the commodities. Expect a mediocre week for agro commodities as market has discounted almost all big news. Keep an eye on monsoon and sowing update. Grains and pulses futures can trade in slim spread on mix fundamentals. Upsides in oilseeds appear limited for the time being.

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