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Weekly Update 25th – 29th October

Losses due to profit taking in the Indian markets during initial part of the week were recouped seeing the huge response for Coal India offering especially from the overseas investors. The issue attracted bids that exceeded the combined gross domestic product of Latvia and Iceland. However most of the Asian markets corrected in the week gone by after China unexpectedly raised interest rates to curb inflation and to prevent an asset price bubble in the economy on concerns over regions economic growth.

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The move indicates that the consensus has been reached for lower growth. Albeit past experience has shown that initial interest rate hikes does not give much harm to economic growth. China’s economy expanded by 9.6 percent in the third quarterless than the growth experienced in the prior quarter but higher than the median estimates of 9.5 percent.

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Results of companies from Europe to U.S. supported markets. According to Bloomberg data of the 132 companies in the S&P 500 that reported results since Oct. 7, more than 85 percent have topped analysts’ per- share earnings estimates.Whereas in Europe, of the 46 companies in the Stoxx 600 that have posted results since Oct. 7, 32 have beaten estimates for per-share income.

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The result season has so far been good in India. Banks have posted decent to strong earnings growth. In the Information technology sector TCS and Infosys surprised positively while Wipro surprised negatively. Auto companies are expected to deliver strong set of numbers on the back of higher volumes with price increase. Higher metal prices are likely to provide good earnings to manufacturer of base metals. Cement companies are likely to post bad set of numbers on the back of lower realization and good monsoon season.

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Market is eyeing over G-20 finance chiefs meet to try to resolve differences over countries that are devaluing their respective currencies in order to spur economic growth and to endorse market-based exchange rates in a fresh effort to defuse mounting trade tensions before they hurt the world economy. We may see some volatility in domestic markets on account of expiry week.

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Stock specific activity is likely to play out as the results season is still going on. Nifty has support between 5950-5870 and Sensex between 19640-19200.Good corporate earnings amid falling dollar index are offering opportunities to bulls to keep the momentum in their favour, especially in base metals. 19-commodity Reuters-Jefferies CRB index, which serves as a broad benchmark for commodities investors, was up for a ninth straight week since Aug. 22.

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Monetary tightening by China could not give much impact on base metals prices. In case of bullions, trend is little different. Bullions prices retreated across the board as dollar index grew stronger and investors opted to sell some of their holdings for aprofit. For the time being bullions should move in a range. Market players appears cautious to some extent ahead of next month’s decision from the Federal Reserve about whether to take steps to stimulate the economy. Even energy pack is moving in a range on mixed fundamentals. Bulls are more active in agricultural commodities owing to the ongoing festive fever.

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Weekly Update 18th – 22nd October 2010

Most of the world markets rallied in the week gone by on the buzz of further quantitative easing by U.S. Without giving details about the strategies on how the central bank will act its Nov. 2-3 meeting, Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke said additional monetary stimulus may be warranted because inflation is too low and unemployment is too high.

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Fed is considering ways for raising inflation expectations to encourage people to believe that prices will start rising at a faster pace so that they would spend more of their money now. Retail sales in U.S.climbed more than forecast as purchases rose 0.6 percent following a 0.7 percent gain in August and manufacturing in the New York region expanded in October at a faster pace than anticipated.

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China’s Shanghai Composite Index saw gains of 8.5 percent on the anticipation that China’s banks show strong earnings growth this quarter as the lending has beaten the forecast. Moreover the strong exports growth of 25.1 percent in September mirrors the strong underlying economic momentum. The country’s foreign-exchange reserves, the world’s largest, surged by a record to $2.65 trillion at the end of September.

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India’s wholesale price index rose to rose 8.62 percent in September from a year earlier after an 8.5 percent gain in August. Manufactured product inflation and Food price inflation rose by 0.3 percent and 1.6 percent respectively in September fromthe previous month. RBI Chief Subbarao said that inflation in India is being “quite stubborn,” a sign that controlling prices remains the central bank’s priority.

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Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Subir Gokarn signaled the central bank may intervene in the currency markets to shield exporters from the strengthening rupee. The capital account showed a surplus of $17.5 billion in the quarter to June 30, compared with a record shortfall of $13.7 billion in its current account.

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Foreign investors have so far poured approximately $23 billion in stocks and 10 billion indebt this year. Industrial production expanded by 5.6 percent in August after seeingan expansion of 15.2 percent in July.Going next week the main attraction for retail investors would be the primary market with Mega IPO of Coal India slated to open on 18th October. As Infosys has already rung the bell with positive surprise in terms of earning growth, the investors would now look forward to numbers of companies like L&T, HDFC, Bajaj Auto, etc that are scheduled to announce numbers next week.

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Nifty has support between5870-5950 and Sensex between 19200-19640 levels.With expecting second round of monetary easing, investors dumped dollar and endowed other investment avenues. Commodities extended a rally to the highest intwo years and CRB closed near the mark of 300. The dollar fell to its lowest in 10 months against a basket of currencies and breached the mark of 77. Five week continuous downfall enhanced metals and agricultural commodities.

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Gold gave heroic performance and made another life time high. It rose more than 25% in 2010.Silver is also trading near 30 year high. However, being prudent investors, one should book profit in gold and silver, considering safe trading. Base metals are expected to trade in a range. Crude oil should trade in range $80-85 in short run on mixed fundamental. OPEC has decided to keep the production quota unchanged in last meeting. Agro commodities should trade with high volatility ahead of expiry of October contract.

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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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Cracking “Da – Futures – Code” Final Part

Continuing the final part 🙂

  • Small Speculator : Non- reportables  are small users of futures markets are more likely to be speculators than hedgers. In other words, they’re everybody else who participates in the futures markets — the proverbial “little guy.”

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The commercials do switch sides from time to time, which offer a tremendous opportunity for small traders. The commercials are not always right in terms of making profit from their long or short positions, but they should always be watched for their behavior.

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ANALYSIS “Da – Futures – Code”

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An easy and important way for an individual to examine this report is to watch out for the actual positions of the categories of traders– specifically the net position changes from the prior report.

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For example, by examining the open interest records of commercial traders in crude as compared to prior week, implies that money  managers cut net crude oil long positions on  the New York Mercantile Exchange in the week to 172,121 in the week through June 22 from 177,653 in the period to June 18. Long positions have declined by 5532 since last week and short positions have increased by 6701.

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This seems to indicate that there is some decline in bullish sentiment. This is a signal that, investors buying sentiments is cooling off and one needs to become more cautious about their risk exposure with tighter stops or protective options.

Analyzing the data from COT report, it is seen that soybean futures market is caught between the bulls & pressure. There is an increase of net long position by 9462 and shorts have decreased by 5279 from the period of June 18-22, resulting to recovery of net positions placed on downside.

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However, looking at the broader picture, the area of net positions still remains in the negative area which implies that speculators are with mixed sentiments over this counter & some are committed to the long side of the soybean futures in the near term. The fundamental factor also supports that La Nina “leads to a reduction in the crop size” may hurt soybean crops in the U.S., between early August and February, likely curbing yields..

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Therefore, keeping track of what speculators are doing with the weekly Commitment of Traders Report and by examining the levels of bullishness trend overseas in near term, and accordingly manage the portfolio and follow the changes on a weekly basis.

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Commitment of Trader’s Report……. Cracking “Da – Futures – Code” Part 1 :)

Years passing by and with the increased vagaries of world economies whether it be Greece, Italy, Hungry in Euro zone or high jobless claims, lower housing starts in U.s, Currencies, other macro factors like monsoon , a typical speculative fever is getting over the commodities futures market these days and has become a ubiquitous headline.

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So, it is very important for an investor to know the market sentiment whether it is bullish, bearish or plain neutral. Understanding the same one can handle its position tactfully and also profit from it by simply looking at the bigger picture and not get drifted away. So, now the question is ” How do you gauge the market sentiment?”

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THE COMMON MAN’S LAW

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Before finding the answer to this question, let’s understand  the common thought that when prices go up, investors want to buy more contacts and producer want to sell more of what they are trading and vice versa.

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The traditional commercial consumer/ producer cares about the prices. A producer has a cost involved in production and if the price drops below that production cost, they are going to lose money. So they hedge around that production cost. An enterprise on the other hand obviously needs the commodity for their business; if prices move higher, they will increase their hedging to protect themselves. This is an important law of world we live in.

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TRACKING CHANGES

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Many commodities groups like oilseeds complex, base metals, bullions on the national bourse, etc. track the price movements on the international exchanges. The data provided by the exchange on daily basis daily includes lots of information as amount of future contracts outstanding, volumes traded, their strike price and date of maturity. This is useful as far as it goes, but the data sheet has its own limitations. As we all know that all futures contracts have two sides- a long and short. Now, this is where the The Commitment of  Traders (COT) report released weekly by the commodity futures trading commission (CFTC) in the US is useful because it tell us much about whether speculators are long or short..

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The C.O.T report is released weekly-every friday afternoon. The report has three categories of market-user: commercials, non commercials and non reportable.

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  • Commercial Hedgers: Traditionally, as the commercials”the big guys” (like farmers, miners, international businesses and processors) are seen as entities using the market for hedging business risks. They are generally believed to have the best fundamental supply and demand information on their markets, and thus position their trades accordingly. The high large-speculative position denotes a real commitment to the trend.

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  • Non- Commercials: The non-commercials are assumed to represent speculative interest. An example of a large speculative account might be a large commodity pool (a fund) that trades futures for speculative profit.

Stay Tuned for the final part 🙂

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Weekly Update 5th – 9th July 2010

The global markets fell in the week gone by as the manufacturing growth exhibited weakness from China to U.S. The investor’s across the globe became nervous with the fading signs of global recovery. G20 leaders said that the limited demand in advanced economies has left the world reliant on emerging markets, led by China, to drive a recovery is “uneven and fragile.”

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China’s manufacturing growth slowed more than expected in June adding to the concerns that the fastest- growing major economy is cooling. The government’s Purchasing Managers’ Index declined to 52.1 from 53.9 in May. In the U.S., manufacturing slowed in June with the cooling demand from rest of the world.

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The Institute for Supply Management’s gauge of manufacturing fell to 56.2 from 59.7 a month earlier.

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As anticipated in our last two editions, RBI raised the policy rates i.e. Repurchase and Reverse Repurchase rate by 25 bps taking it to 5.50 percent and 4 percent respectively as a part of the calibrated exit from the expansionary monetary policy. The strong growth shown by manufacturing sector especially capital goods sector, acceleration in credit growth and the widening current account deficit helped RBI to take such a step in order to anchor inflationary expectations going forward. In order to address the liquidity situation which is currently in deficit mode under LAF operations, RBI allowed banks to borrow to 0.5 per cent of their net demand and time liabilities (NDTL) even in case of a shortfall in maintenance of statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) till July 16, 2010.

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The expectation of hike in policy rates by RBI was very much priced in and will not have any bearing effect on the stock markets. However expecting good monsoon, the market was in the belief that inflation will come down in the months to come. But the recent numbers from IMD suggests a relook as so far the monsoon was 16 percent below normal in June 2010.

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Indian stock markets were holding on when all the world stock markets are falling but one should be very cautious when world markets are falling so much as Banking and IT sector are showing some weakness. Nifty has support between 5200-5100 levels and Sensex between 17300-17000 levels.

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Gone was wholly a brutal week for commodities. After the fourth quarter of 2008, first time commodities witnessed quarterly decline. Even the topmost hot favorite of investors gold and dollar index toppled down as money manager’s shifted their attentions towards euro, which saw a decent rise last week. Poor economic data’s in a row further pave the path for selling. At present one should wait for the clear trend. Base metals and energy have already seen a steep decline, may trade in a range for the time being. Similar story is of gold and silver.

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Weekly Update 28th June – 2nd July

China’s central bank move to increase flexibility in yuan against the dollar pushed global markets higher with the onset of the week. The optimism for the demand of commodities rose as the move is expected to increase Chinese consumers demand with the rise in purchasing power. Thereafter, the worrisome news flow from both U.S. & Europe only gave weakness to the markets.

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Disappointing earnings forecast by U.S. companies reignited the growth concerns in the market during the week. Fed policy makers left the overnight interbank lending rate target unchanged in a range of zero to 0.25 percent. Fed echoed that low inflation, stable price expectations and high unemployment “are likely to warrant exceptionally low levels of the federal funds rate for an extended period.”

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It said the U.S. recovery is progressive but not strengthening and “Financial conditions have become less supportive of economic growth on balance, largely reflecting developments abroad.” Concerns also rose about solvency position of both U.K. and Global banks. Bank of England said that U.K. banks remain “vulnerable” to further writedowns on their assets because of a potential decline in investor appetite for risk. Overall investors are circumspect of the global recovery and are not sure whether the austerity plan by various government will lead to economic prosperity.

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The Indian government now seems to be batting its second innings in power by working on many reforms that were in its agenda for long time. On the recommendations of Kirit Parekh committee, the government decided to go ahead by linking petrol prices to market linked prices & giving Rs. 2/-, Rs. 3/- & Rs. 35/- hike in diesel, kerosine & LPG prices respectively. The long awaited step is expected to cool down the burgeoning under-recoveries of OMC’s & will help consequently in lowering the fiscal deficit. As per our estimates the said increase will accentuate inflation by close to 0.50%. The move that was quite necessary from the long term perspective may put some pressure on the Equity & Bond Markets. As we are already facing high inflation & are on mercy of good monsoon, the step is likely to increase worries. We expect now, with the robust manufacturing activity & clear signs of demand pull inflation the next step may come soon from the monetary body by hiking policy rates. The move may lead to some correction in the capital markets & bond prices may fall.

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Trend of Indian stock markets is up though U.S. and other markets is down which is giving rise to volatility here. Even dollar index is taking some reaction which might give some relief rally to metals in coming week. Nifty has support between 5200- 5100 levels and Sensex between 17300-17000 levels.

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Notwithstanding the doubt over the health of world economy, especially U.S. and Europe, commodity is reacting optimistically on every small news and statements.

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CRB index is going through a consolidation phase; any positive news can result in good upside. Two factors; flattish dollar index amid strong Asian economic growth accompanied by commodity demand can keep commodity on stronger side. In past seven months dollar index has rallied around 20%, the move was not showing the inner strength of dollar, rather it was majorly due to European debt crisis and safe haven demand. If we see rangebound to bearish movements in dollar index again it will boost up commodities prices. However, we can see some correction in between, but that should be considered as good buying opportunity.

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