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COMMODITY WEEKLY COMMENTARY 11th – 15th October

International gold hit yet another new high and tested $1364 as the US currency slumped to fresh 15-and-a-half year lows against the Japanese Yen. The euro and British pound both neared 8-month highs vs. the dollar after their central banks failed to cut rates or expand their quantitative easing. The shiny metal continued breaching new high records by taking advantageof concerns surrounding global recovery which raise speculations that central banks will add tostimulus to bolster growth. This time domestic gold and silver also rose to their fresh highs on MCX. Base metal prices traded on the mixed note with lead prices ending in red while copper along with aluminium and nickel prices managing to end in the green territory.

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The base metal prices remained volatile mainly due to weakness in the dollar index and profit taking at highlevels. In energy counter crude oil remained volatile as prices got support by a weaker dollar and investors’ demand for higher-yielding assets. Prices were also under pinned by the drop in motor gasoline and distillates inventories off setting the buildup in crude inventories.Regarding agro commodities, oil seeds and edible oil counter revived on some bargain buying atlower level amid falling dollar index. Strong buying by soyabean millers together with rising soyameal export also encouraged buying in both spot and future market. Fresh arrivals in Haryana and Rajasthan washed out the profit of guargum and guarseed futures. Prices were also discouraged by strong production estimates of guarseed in the current year.

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Despite tight supply position against strong demand pepper futures closed the week on negative note on profit booking. Turmeric rose on improved demand. Chilli was sideways with upside bias on mixed fundamentals while jeera and cardamom moved southward. Receding stocks in major mandies accompanied with strong export demand by traders and exporters gave terrific rise tothe mentha prices. Even in future market it breached the level of 950 on MCX. Mint exports inApril- August, 2010 surged by 2 percent to `723.95 lacs against 595.57 lacs reported last year inthe same period. Chana appeared shy to breach the resistance of 2300 and it closed down on profit booking at higher levels.

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Commodity Weekly Commentary 20th – 24th September 2010

Its seems that sky is the limit for bullion counter now a days, as prices surged high to their life time highs on domestic bourses. However, strong Indian rupee limit the upside movement in prices in both gold and silver. In international markets gold hit a record high above $1,280 per ounce last week, as currency market jitters and broader economic uncertainty enticed more investors towards the metal’s safe-haven credentials. The metal’s rise this year has been fueled largely by investor nervousness that stemmed from the fallout from the euro zone debt crisis and from economic data that has suggested global economic growth may be losing momentum.

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Base metals also surged high last week on weakness in dollar index and after reassuring comments from China’s central bank about its plans to keep monetary policy loose. In energy counter crude oil lost its esteem and traded down. Crude traded around $76 per barrel amid low U.S inventories, while Chicago pipeline leak continues weighing on prices as new Tropical Storm Karl threatens the Gulf of Mexican. The EIA report showed a drop in fuel demand by 1% to 19.5 MB. Gasoline also shed 694 thousand barrels to 224.5 MB. This comes at a time where imports have reached their lowest level in five months.

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Unlike metals, agro commodities fell like nine pin, even fall in dollar index could not supported them very much. It was not a good week for spices as sellers were more active than buyers in spot market. Future market reacted in the same fashion. Panic selling was continued in turmeric, jeera and chilli as well. Cardamom was also the victim of arrival pressure and closed down. Stockiest liquidation at higher levels dragged down chana futures on NCDEX as well. With declining prices of churi and korma, guarseed and guargum continuously traded southward.

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Wheat closed down on negative cues. Furthermore, traders preferred profit booking at higher levels in menthe futures. Strong crop projection of soya bean along with rise in crop projection of mustard seed crop in rabi season compelled oilseeds and edible oil futures to trade in negative zone. Higher domestic stocks, imports in the middle of arrivals in the domestic mandies further pressurized the oil seeds prices. As per expectation, the total crop size of soyabean in the current season is likely to be around 95 lakh tonnes, up 2% from last year.

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However there was a commodity which surprised the market with its nonstop three week upside on higher offtake amid tight supply and it was maize.

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Weeekly Update 17th – 21st May

Global markets saw a sigh of relief with the start of new week after the European Union unveiled a 750 billion-euro ($949 billion) financial assistance program backed by European Central Bank bond purchases aimed to prevent a broader sovereign-debt crisis in the region. But thereafter could not build onto the gains as it was felt that the rescue plan may not help in averting a slowdown in the region. The concerns from developed nations to developing nations like china continued to cast a dark shadow on the investors mind. Chinese market went into a bear market on the concerns that the government will make borrowing dearer to check spiraling inflation & growth.

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With the fallout of European crisis it is widely believed that the central banks may not adopt tighter monetary policies with the fragile recovery. Chief of Indian central bank said that he plans to raise interest rates in a calibrated way given the risks to global growth. The belief led to a rally in the interest rate sensitive’s like Realty, auto & consumer durables in the domestic markets.

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Whereas the growth concerns continued to punish sectors like metal & oil.

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However safe heavens like gold & bond markets continued to see money coming in with investors seeking for safe shelters.

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Continued double digit growth i.e. 13.5% in march in Industrial production for the sixth consecutive month has mirrored one clear thing that India per se is on strong footing if compared to any part of world. Planning commission chief Montek singh ahluwalia saying that government is working out a 500 billion rupee fund to improve the infrastructure, is making our belief strong that infrastructure sector will see a robust growth in India over the long period.

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Trend of all world stock markets is still down and even a strong rally of Monday could not bring much relief as the markets gave up the rally in later part of the week on the back of weaking Euro and uncertainity in Europe. Neither the base metal commodities nor Crude is able to rally which shows lack of strength in the rally in stock markets. Nifty faces resistance between 5100-5200 levels and Sensex between 17000-17500 levels.

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The underlying unease over health of EU economy has room for more buying in bullions. At the same time bullions are paying no attention to dollar index the way they used to in general. Inflation in China, which is on 18 months highs, is indicating further monetary tightening, which may weigh on commodity prices in future. Overall trend of base metals and energy may remain weak, however, lower level buying cannot be denied in between. Important data from Japanese economy front may also give further direction to base metals and energy. On agro commodities front, they may remain volatile before expiry.

COMMODITY WEEKLY COMMENTARY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY COMMENTARY

Bulls added more strength to precious metals and base metals while energy and most of the agro commodities back pedaled during the last week. Fear of crisis in Dubai resulted in more capital inflow in precious metals, which resulted in nonstop seven week rally in gold.

It made a high of 18294 and $1226.40 on MCX and COMEX respectively. However, in the later part of the week, we saw a halt in rally and prices corrected marginally on Friday. On Friday, December contract expired on MCX, because of which it traded down. Silver followed the footsteps of gold.

Many base metals made higher trading range last week on improvement of economic releases, except nickel. Lead performed better on technical support. Similar to precious metals, base metals saw profit booking on Friday. Red metal copper fell from its 14 months high.

After the release of U.S. inventory data, which showed crude and gasoline inventories jumped last to last week, crude tumbled down. It breached the mark of $76 per barrel last week. Natural gas also slipped for the same reason of inventory rise amid low demand. Guar pack traded sideways to bearish bias in the week gone by.

Upside movement was capped in prices as investors booked their profits at higher levels. However, slack demand in physical market also added bearish sentiment to the market. In spices pack; pepper, jeera and turmeric along with chilli got hammered and settled in red territory.

Chilli futures settled down for the fourth consecutive week on account of reducing participation in the physical market. Harvesting of fresh produce has already been started and the ongoing dry weather is favorable for the post harvesting activities.

Turmeric prices once again settled down as demand is not picking up and traders are waiting for the arrival of fresh stock which may add bearish momentum to the trend. After witnessing three week rally, pepper prices cooled down in the week gone by on an account of profit taking and continuity of weak export demand.

Jeera futures which got under pinned and gained for seven straight weeks also took a breath of relief and settled down in absence of fresh cues due to closure of major spot market at Unjha for some local festivals.

Lack of buying activity on the futures platform also led to the fall in prices. In oil seeds section; soya bean futures started the week with positive note but later on some profit booking at higher levels pressurized prices to settle near the opening price. Mustard seed futures ended the week on positive note on firm demand in spot market.