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Weekly Update 3rd- 7th May 2010

The week started on a positive note on the back of good global tidings. Markets worldwide have gained after Greece decided to tap into the EU- IMF loan, but the rally could not be sustained and fell like nine pins as heightened sovereign debt troubles in Europe sent global markets in a bit of a tizzy.

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On the global front, FOMC maintained the target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent as the economy is still seeing high unemployment, modest income growth, employers reluctance to add to payrolls & bank lending contraction. It said that it would continue to monitor the economic outlook and financial developments and would employ its policy tools as necessary to promote economic recovery and price stability. Japan saw unemployment rate climbing to five percent indicating job rebound may moderate. Europe equity markets fell after Standard & Poor’s downgraded three Eurozone members.

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Investors withdrew money from the Europe equity funds & debt funds saw net inflow. Closer home too, markets witnessed volatility as traders rolled over their positions in the derivatives segment from the April 2010 series to the May 2010 series. On the flip side the Q4 March 2010 corporate earnings announced so far have been good with net profit of a total of 441 companies rose 28.70% to Rs 29125 crore on 36.40% rise in sales to Rs 249959 crore in the quarter ended March 2010 over the quarter ended March 2009. The IMF is optimistic about the growth of Indian Economy. It has estimated that India’s $1.2 trillion economy will expand 8.8% this year and 8.4% next year, higher than it projected in January. While RBI expects India’s economy to expand 8% in the year ending March 2011 (FY 2011) with an upward bias expecting normal monsoon this year and sustenance of good performance of the industrial and services sectors on the back of rising domestic and external demand. The IMD has predicted normal monsoons in 2010 at 98% of Long Period Average subject to an error of (+/- 5%). Besides the passing of the Finance Bill 2010 by FM on Thursday with some minor changes in tax proposals may boost sentiment as the government has pledged to the path of fiscal consolidation rather than political opportunism.

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Overall the world markets were quite volatile in the week gone by with wild swings on both sides. Shanghai and Hang Seng could not recover from the fall though other markets recovered. Base metals also took a sharp correction. The strength in the stock markets is there more in cash stocks rather than front line heavy weight index stocks. Nifty has support between 5200-5150 levels & Sensex between 17400-17300 levels.

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Recent moves in commodities are showing that they are moving in different directions. It is indicating the state of uncertainty, where commodities are moving on their own fundamentals. Safe haven buying may keep gold in upper range. While after a steep fall, base metals may try to trade in a range.

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Approaching summer demand amid availability of ample crude stocks can keep crude oil in a range. Some agro commodities viz., pepper, jeera, chilli, cardamom, mentha etc., may surge on good overseas as well as domestic demand.

NEWS ROUND UP 29th March – 02nd April

Economy

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·India’s annual food price index stood at 16.22% as on week ended March 13, slower than the 16.30% growth recorded last week. A year ago, food prices were up 7.46%. At the same time, primary articles inflation rose to 13.88% from 4.91% last year, while fuel, power, light & lubricants prices climbed to 12.68%.

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Power

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·NTPC, the state owned power generator, has evinced interest to set up solar and wind projects in Orissa with aggregate generation capacity of 500 Mw.

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The company has sent a draft MoU for approval of the Orissa government in this regard.

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·GMR Energy will soon raise over Rs 1,600 crore from a group of private equity players led by Singapore-based Temasek Holdings and banks to fund its expansion. The company is a subsidiary of the G M Rao-led GMR Infrastructure that has interests in highways, airports, agri-business and urban infrastructure.

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Oil & Gas

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·ONGC has approved investing Rs 3,240 crore ($712 million) for the first phase development of three marginal fields located in Mumbai offshore on the western coast.

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Capital Goods

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·L&T has been awarded a contract by the Ministry of Defense for the design and construction of 36 high speed interceptor boats for the Indian Coast Guard. The contract is valued at Rs 977 crore. The design is being carried out in house by the Company and its ship design center, that is a part of the Company’s Heavy Engineering division. The boats are planned to be constructed at the Company’s existing shipyard at Hazira and at its new shipyard coming up at Katupalli near Ennore.

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·L&T bagged six orders worth Rs 1,181 crore for construction of power transmission line and sub-station works. Three of these six orders worth Rs 741 crore have been secured from the Gulf markets and the other orders worth Rs 440 crore are for domestic projects. These orders will be executed by electrical and gulf projects operating company, a part of L&T’s construction division.

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Automobile

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·Tata Motors, India’s largest vehicle manufacturer by revenue, is selling a third of its stake in the construction equipment-making subsidiary, Telcon, to its joint venture partner, Hitachi, for Rs 1,000 crore.

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·Tata Motors had signed an agreement with the Myanmarese government for setting up a heavy truck plant in the South-East Asian nation, with an installed capacity of up to 5,000 units annually.

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·TVS Motor Company has announced the launch of its new model TVS Jive, India’s first auto-clutch motorcycle, in Chandigarh. With this launch, the company expects that it sales in Punjab will grow significantly from 2,000 motorcycles to 3,600 motorcycles per month.

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Realty/ Construction

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·Patel Engineering has been awarded the contract to develop the largest waterfront project in the southern hemisphere. The project, an integrated township in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, is valued at $1 billion.

Spread over more than 24 hectares, the project involves residential, commercial, entertainment and real estate.

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·Punj Lloyd plans to sell its 19.4 per cent stake in Pipavav Shipyard to co-promoter Skil Infrastructure through an inter se promoter transfer. The stake is valued at Rs 825 crore at the company’s current market
capitalisation of Rs 4,251 crore. The Nikhil Gandhi-promoted Skil Infrastructure has an 18.27 per cent stake in Pipavav Shipyard.

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Telecommunication

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·Kuwait-based Zain Telecom’s board cleared Bharti Airtel’s proposal to buy its African assets for $10.7 billion (around Rs 48,600 crore), marking the Indian company’s first successful attempt to acquire operations in Africa after two failures.

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Cement

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·Shree Cement has got the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (CERC) approval to start inter-state trading business in power it produces at its merchant plant. The company has 260 MW installed captive power generation capacity and is in the process of putting up additional 300 MW merchant capacity, which is set to go on stream in a few days.

NEWS ROUND UP

Economy

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·IIP for the month of January grew 16.7% on year. The mining sector grew 14.6% in the month while the manufacturing sector grew 17.9%. The electricity sector witnessed a growth of 5.6% in the month.

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India’s annual food price index increased 17.81% as on week ended February 27, slower than the 17.87% growth recorded last week. A year ago, food prices were up 7.54%.

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Healthcare

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·Fortis Healthcare announced the largest overseas acquisition by an Indian company in the healthcare space, buying the entire 23.9 per cent stake held by TPG Capital in Singapore’s Parkway Holding Ltd for $686 million (Rs 3,119 crore).

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Capital Goods

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·ABB Ltd. has bagged orders worth $22 million (nearly Rs 100 crore) from Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam for the supply of four sub-stations. The company would deliver four sub-stations equipped with automation, protection and control systems to HVPNL.

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·Areva T&D India has bagged a contract worth Rs 400 crore from Uttar Pradesh(UP) Power Transmission Corporation for building a substation. The company’s transmission and distribution division will build a 765 KV extra high voltage substation at Anpara thermal plant in UP.

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·Thermax announced a JV with US-based Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group to manufacture super-critical boilers in the country. The total investment in the JV is estimated at Rs 700 crore.

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·McNally Bharat Engineering Company has bagged an order worth Rs 245.42 crore from Steel Authority of India Ltd for infrastructure related works at Rourkela steel plant. The contract is for inter-plant transportation facilities at Rourkela steel plant.

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Mining & Minerals

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·State-owned miner NMDC is planning to invest around Rs 2,400 crore to lay a pipeline between its Chhattisgarh plant and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

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Realty & Construction

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·Gammon India has bagged an order worth Rs Rs 631.81 crore from Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation for construction of bridge. The company has received the project for construction of bridge and its approaches over river Yamuna, Delhi.

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·Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) has plans to invest around Rs 50,000 crore in its township project in Lavasa, near here, over the next 10-12 years ·Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) along with its joint venture partner has bagged a contract worth Rs 197 crore from North Frontier Railway for
development of a tunnel in Imphal.The company has bagged the project along with its JV partner Coastal Projects Ltd for developing a railway tunnel between Jiribam and Tupur in Imphal.

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·Nagarjuna Construction Company secured new contracts aggregating to Rs 1,221 crore. The first order is of two contracts valued at Rs 647 crore from Hyderabad Growth Corridor. In addition, it has secured three contracts worth Rs 358 crore from Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution.

·Construction firm Ahluwalia Contracts India is in acquisition talks for specialised construction firms, with a war-chest of up to Rs 100 crore, and hopes to sew up the deal by June. The New Delhi-based firm sees a 25-30 per cent organic growth for next five years and acquisitions of up to Rs 100 crore could be funded from its internal resources.

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Banking & Finance

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·Rural Electrification Corporation Ltd (REC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with NTPC Tamil Nadu Energy Company Ltd (NTECL), a joint venture company set up by NTPC and the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB), to fund a power project in North Chennai. Of the total project cost, 30 per cent is being met by equity and balance through debt.

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Distilleries

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·The country’s largest liquor maker United Spirits is undertaking an aggressive promotion campaign for its recently launched energy drink ‘Romanov Red’.

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The company will invest over Rs 5 crore in the next one year on promotions, as it aims to garner a 15 per cent share in the domestic energy drink market that stands at around 1.5 million cases (of 24 cans) per annum.

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Stay Tuned for More updates 🙂

More Hybrid Varieties of Tur/Red Gram Set to Hit Market

Hello Friends here we come up with the Latest Agri Commodities updates from various parts of the country.

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More hybrid varieties of Tur/Red Gram set to hit market

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More hybrid varieties of Tur/Red Gram set to hit market

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The Hyderabad-based International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (Icrisat), a non-profit, non-political agricultural research organisation, is set to release three new hybrid varieties of pigeon pea (tur or red gram) for commercial multiplication by seed companies, a senior scientist said.

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“After the commercialization of cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS)-based pigeon pea hybrid (ICPH 2671) two years ago, we have developed three more hybrid varieties.

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The test results are promising and we will give parental lines to seed companies for multiplication later this year,” CL Laxmipathi Gowda, Global Theme Leader, Crop Improvement and Management, Icrisat, told reporters.

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In Other major Commodities Update, there are news of Cane farmers in Maharashtra set to rake in at least Rs 4k crore of additional income in the current 2009-10 season and South India planters’ income dropping to Rs 1,479 cr.

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Cane farmers to reap bonanza

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Cane farmers in Maharashtra are set to rake in at least Rs 4,000 crore of additional income in the current 2009-10 season due to better prices paid by sugar mills.

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During the previous 2008-09 season (October-September), mills in the State crushed 400.27 lakh tonnes (lt) of cane and paid an average final rate of Rs 1,513 a tonne to growers at their farm-gate.

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That translated into a total income of Rs 6,056 crore for the farmers.

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For the ongoing season, total crushing is expected at 455 lt, with the final farm-gate price of cane averaging around Rs 2,250 a tonne.

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That would result in an income of Rs 10,237 crore or Rs 4,181 crore more than what was paid out in 2008-09, said Mr Prakash Naiknavare, Managing Director, Maharashtra State Cooperative Sugar Factories Federation.

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South India planters’ income drops Rs 1,479 cr:

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Going by the production figures and prices for coffee, tea, rubber, pepper,cardamom and vanilla, the plantation owners earned a total of Rs 14,834.84 crore in 2008.

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In 2009, it dropped to Rs 13,355.51 crore.

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Plantation industry sources said the data on the lower income for the growers do not take into account the rise in production costs.

This means, the plantation sector, as a whole, could have taken a bigger hit.

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The drop in rubber production has been a big drag on the income of the planters, who had to cope with Rs 10 a kg fall in prices.

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The average price in 2009 was Rs 97.56 a kg against Rs 107.74 in 2008.

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Currently, rubber prices average over Rs 130 a kg.

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How To Get Started in Online Investing? Final Part

Hello Friends here we come up with an extension of our previous blog “How To Get Started in Online Investing?” Part 1.

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How To Get Started in Online Investing?

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In previous blog, we have touched upon the questions, any beginner investors do have in their mind while going for investing.

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At the same time we had also tried to look in previous blog that what is Online Trading, resources needed first of all to invest online, few steps to start investing online and how SMC ONLINE helps investors in reaping the benefits of online trading.

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In this Blog, we would try to discuss about what are the further steps an investors need to take once the initial registrations are done with.

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Once the registration formalities are done with, you would be required to load your online investing trading account with funds.

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Once Funds would be deposited you would need to look out for the stocks on which you would like to invest prima facie.

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One thing you should bear in mind that before investing, you should do the in-depth research about the company’s profile, performances and services.

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In this respect investing firms like SMC ONLINE comes to your rescue usually by helping you with their excellent research support, stocks recommendations and quality statistics.

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These things are really very important while you invest in buying the shares of any company.

As a wise investor you should keep your eyes open, and don’t blindly trust anyone.

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Another very important thing is RISK FACTOR.

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You’ll have to take the risk in terms of investing your money in the stock market.

Stock market is a bit similar to gambling.

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But there is a big difference between the risk and calculated risk.

For a beginner, you should only go for calculated risk.

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Don’t put your entire money in terms of buying the shares of a new company, even if the future potential of that company seems very high.

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Start slowly, understand the market, earn some decent amount of money first of all and then go for big trading.

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Once you have gotten started, you should start by learning a little bit about chart reading.

If you can read the charts you will have a good idea what is going on.

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And as I said earlier, I would conclude this topic by saying that any beginner investor should look for a broker firm that gives good value for money with their commission fees.

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Stay Tuned for more and more on this 🙂

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Domestic Economy Rolls as Corporate India Offers 40% More Bonus Shares

Domestic Economy Rolls as Corporate India Offers 40% More Bonus Shares

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Issue of bonus shares by Corporate India to its shareholders in the first 10 months of the fiscal has shot up 40% over the total during the fiscal ended March ‘09, after declining for two straight years.

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This interesting jump in bonus issues indicates positive sentiment of the corporate sector to serve a larger equity base.

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Companies like Britannia, TCS, Reliance Industries, Adani Enterprises, Jindal Steel, Divi’s Lab, JP Associates etc  have  issued bonus shares in the April ‘09-January ‘10 period.

There are as many as 61 companies which have done so.

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Jagannadham Thunuguntla, equity head with Delhi-based merchant bank SMC Capitals, said:  “The increase in companies doling out bonus equity to its shareholders reflects that the domestic economy is on the path of recovery.”

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Corporate India has got the confidence to expand equity capital base and issue bonus shares owing to the fact that they have performed very well this fiscal.

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Bonus issue is an offer of free additional shares to existing shareholders.

This is one of the ways of rewarding shareholders, who largely benefit from capital gains.

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A company may decide to distribute further shares as an alternative to increasing the dividend payout.

It is also known as a “scrip issue” or “capitalization issue”.

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The number of companies issuing bonus shares declined more than a quarter after hitting a peak in 2006-07 to 72 firms in 2007-08 and shrunk further to just 44 companies for the year ended March ‘09.

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This came after three consecutive years of rise in number of bonus issues, when more listed firms announced a bonus bonanza in line with the bull run of the stock market.

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Bonus shares are issued by companies through capitalization of their free reserves.

When a company announces bonus issue, it is an indication of its management’s confidence to serve a larger equity base.

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Global Coffee Output May Dip 3.6 Per cent in the 2009-10

Hello Friends here we come up with the Latest Agri Commodities updates from various parts of the globe.

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Global Coffee Output May Dip 3.6 Per cent in the 2009-10

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Global coffee output may dip 3.6% : ICO

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Global coffee output may dip 3.6 per cent to 7.41 million tonnes (mt) in the 2009-10 crop year on fall in production in Brazil and Africa, the International Coffee Organisation (ICO) said.

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Adverse climatic conditions in few growing regions may also affect crop quality, it added.

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Last year, world coffee output had stood at 7.69 mt, it said, adding that the estimate for this year is preliminary as data from Colombia and Vietnam is pending.

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“With factors such as a prolonged dry season and high levels of coffee berry borer infestation, there appears to be little possibility of an increase in global production,” ICO said in its latest market report.

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In Other major Commodities Update, there are news of rabi productions falling short of expectations and Uttarakhand government seems not to be increasing the sugar price.

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Rabi output may fail to meet estimates:

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All eyes are now on the estimates for the rabi crop this year.

A good winter crop (rabi) will help augment the foodgrain supply and ease food prices.

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Hopes of a good crop have been fuelled by favourable weather conditions and the greater thrust on increasing the rabi crop.

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The Union agriculture ministry has already indicated that the rabi season, this year, may see an additional 10 million tonne (mt) of output over the past year’s production, implying a growth of 8%.

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This optimism on the rabi crop has prompted the Central Statistical Organisation or CSO — the government’s statistics arm — to estimate a meagre fall of 0.2% in agri output this year despite a 16% fall in the kharif (or summer crop) output due to the deficient monsoon.

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Uttarakhand not to increase sugarcane price:

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The Uttarakhand government seems to be in no mood to increase the price of Rs 215-220 per quintal for sugarcane despite a hefty increase by private sugar mills.

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In the first week of December, the government announced the state advised price (SAP) of Rs 192-197 at a time when farmers were agitating for a price of Rs 250.

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But soon, the private mills began paying heavy bonuses to farmers in the face of acute shortfall in a desperate bid to keep the factories running.

The government too decided to give bonus with a final price of Rs 215-220.

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Weekly Update of The Market (08th-12th February)

Hello Friends, here, we bring you the weekly overview of the Indian as well as of the Global economy and  latest global business and industry updates.

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Weekly Update of The Market (08th-12th February)

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After starting the year on a good note & Indices making fresh highs within few weeks many Asian markets have corrected between 7 to 10%.

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The global sell off over sovereign debt problems in Europe and an unexpected rise in jobless claims in US put investors on the defensive mode.

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The anxiety about sovereign debt in Greece, Portugal and Spain sparked a sell-off in the Euro & has led strength to US dollar.

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Foreign investors sell off is an outcome of dollar-carry-trade unwinding as when they borrowed the dollar was cheap & now it is recovering.

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Investors viewed the markets in year 2010 with confidence in view of recovery gaining momentum is now shaken over the debt problems, nascent economic recovery & confidence of the governments that stand behind the euro.

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Efforts of China to curb lending preventing overheating in economy also pose a risk to derail the global recovery.

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Back at home, the effect of turmoil in the international market also made government to think its strategy on ambitious disinvestment programme.

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Lukewarm response to the NTPC, the much awaited issue managed to get subscription of just 1.2 times on its closing day.

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The maximum bid of 20.87 crore shares was put by Indian institution under the first time adopted French Auction route.

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This has challenged the finance Ministry hopes on the proceeds from disinvestments to make up the sliding revenue & rising expenditure.

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While it looks that PSU disinvestment may not yield desired results on market weakness, the 3G auction i.e. expected to garner Rs. 35,000 crore could be postponed to next fiscal year.

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The fate of some of the IPO’s like NMDC, Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd and Rural Electrification Corporation that are on the disinvestment agenda before March 31, looks tough to sail through, if the stock markets do not rise and big investors do not come back.

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On the contrary, Banks like Bank of Baroda & Indian Bank that were expected to raise money overseas have put now their plans on hold.

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The good news from the external sector continued as the data showed a 9.3% annual increase in exports in December to $14.6 billion, a second consecutive month rise.

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While imports increased by 27.2% from a year earlier to $24.75 billion.

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Food inflation remained at high levels & rose to 17.56% in the week ended 23 January 2010 from 17.40% in the previous week on the back of rising pulses & potato prices.

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Markets are likely to take a closer view of the advance estimates on economic growth for the current fiscal ending March 2010 scheduled to be released on Monday.

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In the days to come an activity in the sectors like railways, fertiliser, textiles, pharma, education, power and infrastructure may be seen on expected positive policy announcements and budgetary sops.

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It was clearly mentioned last week that world markets are going in downtrend and one should be careful in such a scenario and that one should be moving in cash.

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Now the markets have taken a very sharp fall last week due to rise in Dollar Index and fall in all asset classes.

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The coming week might see some counter rally from lower levels.

Nifty faces resistance between 4900-5000 levels and Sensex between 16400-17000 levels.

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If we talk about commodity markets then one can see that strengthening dollar and lack of firm global cues had pressurized commodities prices to move southward.

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Investors are selling riskier assets and putting their money in dollar as a safe haven buying.

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Debt concerns facing Greece, Portugal and Spain coupled with dollar index which is trading above the mark of 80 is most likely to compel commodities to trade lower.

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French and euro zone GDP, USD advance retail sales, USD U. of Michigan Confidence will give further direction to commodities.

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Investors should keep an eye on gold – silver ratio.

It was 58:1 few months back, now reached to 67:1 on MCX, heading towards the level of 70:1.

It is demonstrating more selling in silver.

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Stay Tuned for More on weekly updates.

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Why should I Invest ?

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Where do I Invest ?

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Who would Guide me to take informed decision on my Investments ?

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Investors can trade online in Equities, FNO, Currency Futures, Commodities, apply online for IPOs, and invest online in Mutual Funds.

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a) 4th Largest broking house of India in terms of trading terminals (Source: Dun and Bradsheet, 2008)

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b) 5th largest distributor of Initial Public Offering (IPOs) in retail (Source: Prime Data Ranking)

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c) Awarded ‘Fastest Growing Retail Distribution Network in Financial Services’ (Source: Business Sphere, 2008)

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d) Recipient of ‘Major Volume Driver Award’ from BSE for last three years consecutively.

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e) Nominated among the top three in the CNBC Optimix Financial Services Award 2008 under National Level Retail Category.

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f) One of the largest Proprietary Arbitrage Desk doing risk free arbitrage in equities & commodities.

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g) Commanding turnover of more then 3% in equity market, 4% in commodity market and 10% in DGCX.

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j) Relentless focus on investor care.

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k) World class in-house research facilities providing research support to investors.

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