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Weekly Update 12th – 16th July

Stocks in world markets saw huge gains as investors viewed that the recent correction out of fear of double-dip recession in advanced economies has actually overlooked improving outlook for the company’s earnings. Investors sitting on the sidelines bought stocks with the upward revision in earnings estimates for U.S. companies. The gains in markets got a further boost after China said that it will keep a moderately loose policy and South Korea raised interest rates.

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Belief of Asian and Emerging nations will be able to withstand the storm coming from advanced economies rose with the interest rate increases in India, South Korea, Taiwan and Malaysia. The European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged as the sovereign debt crisis are still posing a serious threat to regions recovery.

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The IMF raised its forecast for global growth to 4.6 percent in 2010, the biggest gain since 2007, compared with an April projection of 4.2 percent reflecting a stronger than expected recovery in first half and at the same time giving warning that financial market turmoil has increased the risks to the recovery. However, IMF has not revised the next year growth projections of 4.3 percent. The IMF urged developed economies governments to commit to implementing “credible” plans to lower their deficits over the medium term, including the adoption of binding, multiyear targets and said that they don’t need to start fiscal tightening before 2011. It said that monetary policy in advanced economies can remain “highly accommodative for the foreseeable future,” because inflation is expected to remain “subdued,” helping mitigate the effects of fiscal consolidation on growth. The growth forecast for emerging markets was raised to 6.8 percent, from 6.3 percent in April.

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The fastest growth rate will be China’s 10.5 percent, followed by India’s 9.4 percent and Brazil’s 7.1 percent, the fund said. On the domestic front with the recent improved outlook in the monsoon situation and expectation of strong double digit gain in Index of Industrial production would keep the markets on a upbeat note. The result season that is going to start in the coming week and guidance by the companies for the rest of the year is further expected to set the momentum of the markets.

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Indian stock markets are in a clear uptrend though other world markets which were in a downtrend took a sharp counter rally from lower levels. We will have to wait and watch whether the rally which has started in other markets can sustain or not..

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Nifty has support between 5250-5200 levels and Sensex between 17500-17300 levels.

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Volatility is spreading in entire commodity complex and thus investors are keeping a tight vigil on relative changes to find the best value. Fundamentals of Asian countries are still constructive but it is Euro zone which is still giving red signals. For the time being, commodities should move in a range. Later half of the week is full of event risk as some important data’s from US, UK, Japan etc. can speak about the health of economy, which may provide some much needed direction to the commodities. In NCDEX, volume of July contract is shifting towards August contract, hence some volatility in premium is expected in near term.
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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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