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India’s Merchandise Exports Rise After 13 Months of Sliding

India’s Merchandise Exports Rise After 13 Months of Sliding

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The economy really got a cheerful start to the New Year.

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After 13 consecutive months of sliding, India’s merchandise exports — which contribute a fifth to GDP — rose 18.2% in November to $13.2 billion.

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Imports remained in the negative zone declining by 2.6% to $22.88 billion.

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This has led to a lower trade gap of $9.69 billion during the month under review against $12.32 billion in the same period a year ago.

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For April-November, exports were lower by 22.3% at $104.2 billion from a year-ago period, much lower than the 26% gap seen up to October.

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But as an indicator to a pickup in the econmic activity, contraction in imports during November was much lower than 15% seen in October.

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But industry and analysts alike cautioned against taking the year-on-year growth in exports as a sign of firm revival.

That is because part of the growth is due to the lower base of exports last year during this period.

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Notwithstanding the lower base, it is also a fact that there has been a revival in global demand too.

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Market analysts feel that 2010 could belong to exporters provided government continue with the stimulus, particularly interest subsidy.

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Exporters however feels that it would be difficult to sustain double-digit growth as the November rise is partly due to pre-Christmas orders from abroad.

So despite the positive growth, the country’s overseas shipments in the current fiscal will be much lower than the $185 billion notched last year.

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Current Fiscal Witnessed Fund Raising of $16.7 Billion

The first eight months of the current fiscal witnessed fund raising of $16.7 billion (Rs 78,000 crore) through equity issues by India Inc due to the returning of the foreign investors and resuming of expansion activities by the companies.

However, the amount raised so far in this fiscal is still far below as compared to the corresponding period of 2007-08, a year that witnessed a boom for the stock markets. India Inc had raised Rs 125,526 crore for the period between April and November 2007.

The overall fund-raising through equity and equity convertible financial instruments in the period between April-November 2009 was backed by an increase in the overseas issues and a rush by the companies to issue fresh shares to institutional investors through qualified institutional placement (QIP).

The total funds raised through overseas issues, including equity and equity convertible bonds in the first eight months of the current fiscal stood at Rs 27,745 crore across 28 issues as against Rs 945 crore reported during the whole of 2008-09, data compiled by Prime Database show.

However, during the same period, QIP issues also touched an all-time high with firms across sectors raising Rs 31,292 crore as compared to Rs 188 crore reported during FY09. This surge in QIPs is linked to the rise in stock market valuations as institutional investors flush with liquidity returned to fund expansions and new ventures of companies.

The fund-raising by companies coming through public issues also surged eight times to Rs 15,981 crore through 16 initial public offer (IPO). However, despite a revival in the capital market, the IPO market has not taken off in direct proportion to the revival in the capital market, which was witnessed in 2007-08. So far this fiscal there have been 19 IPOs while the same was at 67 in 07-08.

Over 100 companies raised Rs 83,000 crore by issuing debt instruments like bonds and debentures during H1 of the current fiscal. However, on a period-on-period basis, the April-September period saw funds raised to the tune of Rs 83,961 crore, an increase of 25% over Rs 67,108 crore mobilized in the corresponding period of the previous year.

Meanwhile, the funds were raised by issuing through private placement debt instruments, including bonds, debentures and securitized papers, which have a tenor and put or call option of more than one year.

Centre’s Fiscal Deficit is Rs 2.45 Lakh Crore in First 7 months of 2009-10

Centre's fiscal deficit exceeded Rs 2.45 lakh crore in the first 7 months of 2009-10.

The Centre”s fiscal deficit more than doubled to Rs 2.45 lakh crore in the first 7 months of 2009-10.

 

With this, fiscal deficit during April-October, 2009 reached over 61% of the targeted level of over Rs 4 lakh crore for the current fiscal.

 

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However, the government projected fiscal deficit of 6.8% of GDP for the current fiscal while with GDP likely to increase with a high growth rate of 7.9% recorded in Q2, there is more room to contain the fiscal deficit within the targeted level.

 

Meanwhile, the fiscal deficit already crossed over 87% of the targeted amount for entire 2008-09 as the government was expecting fiscal deficit of just 2.5% of GDP at this point of time last time.

 

Notably, Fiscal Deficit is a economic phenomena when a government’s total expenditures exceed the revenue that it generates (excluding money from borrowings).

 

Deficit differs from debt, which is an accumulation of yearly deficits.

 

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Moreover, when excise duty was cut by 6% and service tax by 2% from December onwards and plan expenditure rose as part of stimulus package, the government revised its target to 6% of GDP, which later turned out to be 6.2%.


The rise in fiscal deficit could be gauged from the fact that tax revenues decreased by around 8% to 2.13 lakh crore till October this fiscal against Rs 2.32 lakh crore a year ago.

 

The Centre’s revenue deficit, which is a gap between revenue receipts over revenue expenditure like salaries, rose by 138 per cent to stand at Rs 20.76 lakh crore during April-October, 2009.

 

After 20 Years, India to Import Rice

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

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After 20 Years, India to Import Rice

After 20 years, India to import rice:

India, a traditional rice exporter, will import the grain for the first time in 20 years to meet a projected shortfall of the crop hit by drought and floods, government said yesterday.

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The government estimates that there would be a shortfall of over 15 million tonnes in the 2009-10 Kharif (summer) season due to drought and floods in several states.

Thailand’s Foreign Trade department announced that the world’s biggest rice exporter is expected to release part of its huge stock of almost six million tonnes of rice stockpile to India, besides eight other countries, through g-to-g sales programmes.

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In Other major Commodities Updates we can see that the demand-supply gap for natural rubber in the country is set widen.

Demand-supply gap for rubber stretches:

The demand-supply gap for natural rubber in the country is set widen as production is expected to fall and demand set to rise above earlier stimates.

Rubber production for April-October period was 9.4 per cent lower at 4,35,125 tonnes against 4,80,230 tonnes last year.

Consumption grewn three per cent to 5,36,100 tonnes (5,20,375 tonnes).

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The production-consumption mismatch resulted in a sharp rise in imports and a corresponding fall in exports.

Imports increased 133 per cent to 1,26,472 tonnes (54,283 tonnes), while exports plunged 92 per cent to 3,859 tonnes (34,000 tonnes), sources in the Rubber Board said.

The Rubber Board has scaled down the production target for the current fiscal by 2.8 per cent to 8.40 lakh tonnes from the earlier estimates of 8.67 lakh tonnes announced in April.

The forward estimates of production has moved up 6.8 per cent to 9.31 lakh tonnes from the earlier estimate of 8.81 lakh tonnes.

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Food Inflation at 13.7% !!

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

Food inflation at 13.7%

Food inflation at 13.7%

Food inflation at 13.7%:

The food price inflation went up marginally to 13.7% for the week ended October 31 following an increase in vegetable prices, but the arrival of winter crop is expected to bring down the prices soon.

The built up inflation in the current year, or the increase in prices from the beginning of the current fiscal to end of October, has been strong at 14.4% against 7.67% in the corresponding period last year, data released on Wednesday showed.

This rise has been particularly steep in case of pulses (21.2%), vegetables (54.5%) and potatoes at (127.6%), clearly indicating that poorer segment of the population, who would spend a high proportion of their income on food, would have been hit hard by the increase in the prices.

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In Other major Commodities Updates we can see that wheat production in country is set to increase by 2 million Tonne in 2009-10.

Wheat Production to Increase by 2 Million Tonne in 2009-10:

Wheat acreage and production is expected to increase in 2009-10 rabi season.

A large area, which was not sown under rice due to poor monsoon this year, is expected to come under wheat according to scientists.

Area in central and southern belt will increase as unsown area will come under wheat.

Also, in the Indo-Gangetic plain of the Punjab plain, the Haryana plains, and the middle and lower ganga area will increase.

Rains in the month of September have ensured moisture availability for wheat.

However, the late harvesting of paddy (due to increase in temperature in the last week of October) has delayed sowing of wheat which is a big concern for the agriculture scientist and the farmers.

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India Crossed the $100 Billion Mark in FDI :)

Amidst of the global crisis, India crossed the $100 billion milestone in foreign direct investment (FDI)

Amidst of the global crisis, India crossed the $100 billion milestone in foreign direct investment (FDI)

Amidst of the global crisis, India crossed the $100 billion milestone in foreign direct investment (FDI) through equity confirming its rising profile as a safe and sound investment objective.

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However, 44% of the money came through Mauritius as investors wanted to take advantage of India’s double taxation avoidance treaty with the island nation.

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Moreover, the cumulative FDI inflows since 2000 and up to July 2009 amounted to $100.33 billion while the inflows in the first 4 months of the current fiscal were $10.49 billion and the other big investors included Singapore, the US, UK and the Netherlands.

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Additionally, it is said that FDI’s main impact comes from new technology, new managerial capabilities and new benchmarks in corporate functioning whereas India reached the $100 billion mark at a time when the global financial crisis has had a dampening impact on FDI flows which are expected to fall this year.

Further, it is said that the global FDI flows will decline by 30% in 2009 reviving only marginally during the next year.

Although declining, FDI flows to developing countries proved to be more flexible than other capital flows such as portfolio investment and bank lending, the main reasons being that FDI is more of a long term nature than capital flows.

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On the other hand, India’s services sector received 23% of the cumulative equity FDI inflows followed by computer software, hardware, telecommunication and real estate.

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India Inc Raises Rs.40K cr in Debt Market in Q1 :)

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Improved investment sentiments have led corporate India‘s fund raising plans to sky high level.

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With more than half of the fund being mobilized by financial institutions, India Inc’s fund raising through private placement of debt has touched Rs 40,300 crore in the Q1 of the current fiscal.

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This is an increase of huge 42% from first quarter of last financial year.

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However, the April-June quarter of the present financial year saw a mobilization through debt (bonds) on private placement basis of Rs 40,300 crore, staggering 42% up from Rs 28,385 crores, raised in the first quarter of last financial year.

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Moreover, the largest mobilization through the route came in from financial institutions and banks with more than 67 institutions and corporate houses raising the full amount during the June quarter.

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Private placement of Debt is issue of securities, usually bonds that are sold without an initial public offering to a small number of private investors.

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Further, fund raising of financial institutions through debt private placement increased 35% to Rs 21,002 crore in the June quarter.

Additionally, private sector beat public sector in terms of fund raising where its mobilization increased by 50% from Rs 11,184 crore to Rs 16,753 crore.

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On the other hand, public sector financial institutions combined together, saw a decline in fund raising activity, whose mobilization stands 58% of the total amount, slipping 61% that mobilized in the previous year.

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