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IDFC leads the gainers of group ‘A’ on BSE

Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) is currently trading at Rs 204.80, up by 9.15 points or 4.68% from its previous closing of Rs 195.65 on the BSE.

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The scrip opened at Rs 197.00 and has touched a high and low of Rs 205.30 and Rs. 196.00 respectively. So far 1985833 shares were traded on the counter.

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The BSE group ‘A’ stock of face value Rs 10 has touched a 52 week high of Rs 201.05 on 16-Sep-2010 and a 52 week low of Rs 139.80 on 04-Nov-2009.

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Last one week high and low of the scrip stood at Rs 205.30 and Rs 191.10 respectively. The current market cap of the company is Rs 29243.72 crore.

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The Institutions holding in the company stood at 86.68% and Non institution were holding 13.32% of stake respectively.

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The other top gainers of BSE group ‘A’ were DLF up by 4.86%, Centeral Bank up by 4.58%, Aban Offshore up by 4.57%, Federal Bank up by 4.48% and Everest Kanto up by 4.38%

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The Institutions and Non-Institutions holding in the company stood at 86.68% and 13.32% respectively.

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Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) is planning to mop up about Rs 3,400 crore via issue of long-term bonds which is expected to open in the first week of October. In this regard, the company has already filed the draft papers with the market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

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According to the Draft Shelf Prospectus, the said bonds will have the face value of Rs 5,000 and some part will be utilized for infrastructure lending. This will be the first public issue under the new rule that allows tax benefits for investment in long-term infrastructure bonds.

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The company has reported a net profit of Rs 319.71 crore for the quarter ending on June 30, 2010 against Rs 243.49 crore for the quarter ending on June 30, 2009, up 31.30%.

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The company provides financial assistance to various segments such as power, roads, ports, telecommunications, information technology, urban infrastructure, healthcare, education infrastructure, food and agri-business infrastructure, healthcare and tourism.

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News Round Up 2nd -6th August 2010

•India’s food ministry proposes to sell 2.74 million metric tonnes of food grain over the next six months from federal stocks in a bid to free-up warehouse space.

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•The government has allowed export of 3,00,000 tonnes of rice and wheat through diplomatic channels to Bangladesh and Nepal.

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•Soyabean Processors Association of India expects soybean production in the country at 85 lakh tonnes (lt), which is far below last year’s 95 lt.

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•Turmeric area in Andhra Pradesh stood at 0.53 lakh hectare against 0.41 lakh hectare, nearly 101 % of the normal area covered.

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•Water level in India’s main reservoirs was at 19 per cent of capacity on July 22, 2 per cent higher than the previous week’s level, government data showed.

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•Wholesale Price Index For food articles 9.67% on week ending 17 July against 12.47% previous week.

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•Commodity futures market regulator FMC may consider the creation of an appellate tribunal akin to that in stock markets for the resolution of disputes between clients and brokers.

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•Supply from the OPEC (except Iraq) has averaged 26.95 million barrels per day (bpd) this month, up from 26.75 million bpd in June, according to the survey of oil firms, OPEC officials and analysts.

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India’s Sugar Output Could Rise by 16 Million Tonnes : Pawar

Food and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar stated that due to improved yields in key growing states, India’s sugar output in the current season could rise by 16 million tonnes (MT). 🙂

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The output is still much short of India’s annual demand of 23 MT.

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Sugar season runs from October to September.

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He said that the productivity of sugarcane has boosted considerably in Karnataka and Gujarat along with the top 2 producers Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh..

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The encouraging trend is that sugarcane productivity particularly in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat has improved substantially.

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Meanwhile, Maharashtra and UP produce nearly 60% of India’s total sugar output.

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He added that the government may revise upwards the sugar estimates after reports of higher cane yield from these states.

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On the other hand, the government has estimated sugar output in the 2009-10 season (October-September) at 16 MT, against 14.7 MT in the previous season.

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Earlier, Biscuit makers stated that the government’s decision to reduce stock limits of sugar to 10 days will have an unfavorable impact on their production and also that they should be allowed to keep supplies for minimum 30 days.

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Federation of Biscuits Manufacturers of India (FBIM) Secretary Mallika Verma stated that any control imposed on stock limit of sugar will restrict manufacturer’s freedom in the manufacture of finished goods.

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Previously, Kanhaiyalal Gidwani, a senior Maharashtra Congress leader has urged the Prime Minister to limit industrial users from consuming domestically produced sugar, stating that sugar prices could touch a high Rs 60 a kg if supply is not hiked.

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Such a step can augment the supply by a hefty 40 lakh tonne as 20% of the domestic demand come from industrial users.

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He said the Centre should change sugar control policy by restricting industrial users like manufacturers of soft drinks, fruit-juices, alcohol, chocolates and ice-creams from using locally produced sugar and instead allow them to import the sweetener.

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Moreover, the Centre has extended the stock limit order for sugar till September for Sugar, where the states are authorized to take action against the hoarders and black marketers.

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Earlier the validity of the anti-hoarding order was issued in March, 2009 and was supposed to expire on 31st of January, which has been further extended till September. Previously, the order was extended for 6 months till July, 2009.

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However, earlier, it was said that inspite of the promise made by Mr. Sharad Pawar, Food Minister of the country, to reduce the retail prices of sugar, still the prices are increasing.

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Therefore, to boost the domestic supply and temper prices, the Prime Minister – Dr. Manmohan Singh approved the proposal to sell imported raw sugar stocks lying at Mundra and Kandla ports.

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Meanwhile, the government had announced a vital repose of norms for the import of raw sugar, where the sugar could be refined anywhere in the country and not only by the mill that had imported it.

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Mr. Sharad Pawar, Agriculture Minister said to accelerate the refining of raw sugar and improve its availability in the market, the government has relaxed the central excise rules to enable the processing of sugar in any mills of the state.

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On the other hand, Mr. Sharad Pawar our Food Minister has said, the country will have enough sugar this year, but the prices of sugar will continue to be higher because of the low output in sugar. Further he said rising prices of sugar is a big concern for the government.

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Along with the Food Minister our Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh in a meeting with the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) has also expressed concern regarding rising of sugar prices and their possible impact on consumer prices.

Stay Tuned for More updates :)

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Government Will Take Necessary Steps to Control Inflation

Finance Minister, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, said on Tuesday that rising inflation is a major area of concern and the government will take necessary steps to control prices.

Mr. Mukherjee said Inflation has risen mainly due to the prices of food that have gone up in last month. According to the provisional data issued on Monday by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the reported inflation rate accelerated to 4.78% in November to 1.34% in October.

Pranab Mukherjee also said the government is taking necessary steps to cut its recorded fiscal deficit to 3 % of GDP after 2001/12, from 6.8 % estimated for the current financial year ending March 2010.

During 2005-06 and 2007-08, the economic growth was recorded at 9 % is mainly coming down due to Inflation and high financial loss, which is creating obstacles in the way of economic development.

Mukherjee told in parliament, “Prices are a major area of concern and we shall have to address it.” He also added “Whatever steps are needed, we will take those steps,”

The government agencies are paying high prices to farmers for buying grains and supply shortage of food items in the country, resulted in increase of inflation in the last four decades.

According to the latest government data released shows food inflation at 16.7 % in November, which have pushed the inflation to 4.78 %.

Taking the steps to control inflation, the Reserve Bank of India (BBI) has cut its policy lending rate by 425 basis points between October 2008 and April 2009, reduced Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) and brought in liquidity in financial markets to control the increasing Inflation rate.

The government also increased the tax slabs and higher spending, which widened the fiscal deficit that has to be funded by a record borrowing of 4.51 trillion rupees ($96.6 billion) in 2009-10.

Mr. Mukherjee also said the deficit was “unsustainable”, and the government would reduce it to 5.5 % in financial year 2010-11 and to 4 % in 2011-12″ and thereafter, we shall have to come back to 3%.”

The government”s fiscal deficit has touched almost half of the full-year estimate in the first six months of FY”10. The fiscal deficit for the six-month period stood at Rs 1,97,775 crore, which is 49.3 per cent of the total estimate of Rs 4,00,996 crore for this fiscal. The fiscal deficit during the same period last year was at 77 per cent of the annual estimate.

It swelled to 6.2 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) last fiscal against budget estimates of 2.5 per cent.

POTATOES………GOOD SOURCE OF VITAMIN M (MONEY) Part Two

Hello Friends, just an extension of our previous blog on Commodity Check where we touched upon the aspects like production and price movement of Potato.

Potato Position in Indian Snacks Market

Potato Position in Indian Snacks Market

Now we would read into the consumption pattern and position of Potato in Indian Snacks Market and many more related aspects in this regard.

Indian Snacks Market

Potato consumption is expanding strongly in developing countries, where potato is an increasingly important source of food, employment and income.

The Indian snacks market is worth around US$ 3 billion, with the organized segment taking half the market share, and has an annual growth rate of 15-20 per cent.

The unorganized snacks market is worth US$ 1.56 billion, with a growth rate of 7-8 per cent per year.

There exists consumer as well as bulk markets for potato wafers and chips even in far flung rural areas owing primarily to the following reasons:-

·Rapid urbanization and improving standards of living

·Easy availability

·Convenient packaging

·Affordable prices

·Nutritious values

Income growth in India has led to an increase in consumption of Western-type goods, such as French fries, which continue to be this country’s most important potato export product.

Consumers are willing to pay a premium for both value-added private and branded products, creating immense opportunities for manufacturers and retailers.

Though there exists some international as well as national brands but majority of the market base is under the control of local manufacturers.

PepsiCo India has partnered with more than 10,000 farmers working in over 10,000 acres across Punjab, U.P., Karnataka, Jharkand, West Bengal, Kashmir and Maharashtra for the supply of potatoes.

Potato sourced under contract farming accounts for roughly 55% to 58% of the US giant’s annual snack making requirement.

The company is trying to procure potato through contract farming from Bihar and Jharkhand and process upto 30,000 ton of potato at its Sankrail factory in West Bengal by 2010.

Strengthening Stimulus

Stimulus spending and festivals strengthening demand may add to on-going demand, the prices can be driven by supply-side bottlenecks.

India’s industrial output grew at its fastest pace in 22 months in August, 2009.

Inflation is rising; production is rising fast, so logically the data does suggest that it makes sense to move.

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No Global food crisis even after India’s rice export ban :)

No Global food crisis even after India’s rice export ban :)

No Global food crisis even after India’s rice export ban 🙂

No global food crisis is on the cards on account of India’s rice export ban and possible high imports.

A reduction in exports from India and possible imports to the tune of two million tonnes plus is unlikely to spark another global food crisis.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said that drought in India may slash rice output in the world’s second-largest grower by about 18% this year, cutting global supplies available for importers.

India’s absence in the export market may curb supplies at a time when global stockpiles are forecast by the FAO to drop 3 % to 117.4 million MT by the end of the 2009-2010 season.

In Other major Agri Updates we can see that Deccan floods have made spices too hot to handle.

Turmeric prices have more than doubled from Rs 3,500 per quintal levels in January, causing NCDEX to impose special margin on long positions.


High prices have also led to an increase in acreage of the crop and production is expected to be over 55 lakh bags in 2010, against 35-40 lakh bags this year.

Among other spices, jeera is likely to move up in the medium term on back of good export demand and a bad crop in Syria and Turkey.

Indian Jeera is also quoting a low price in international markets.

Even pepper is expected to remain firm due to low stocks in main producing countries like India, Vietnam and Indonesia and slow arrivals from Brazil.

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No global food crisis is on the cards on account of India’s rice export ban and possible high imports.

A reduction in exports from India and possible imports to the tune of two million tonnes plus is unlikely to spark another global food crisis.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said that drought in India may slash rice output in the world’s second-largest grower by about 18% this year,cutting global supplies available for importers.

India’s absence in the export market may curb supplies at a time when global stockpiles are forecast by the FAO to drop 3 % to 117.4 million MT by the end of the 2009-2010 season.

In Other major Agri Updates we can see that Deccan floods have made spices too hot to handle.

Turmeric prices have more than doubled from Rs 3,500 per quintal levels in January, causing NCDEX to impose special margin on long positions.

High prices have also led to an increase in acreage of the crop and production is expected to be over 55 lakh bags in 2010, against 35-40 lakh bags this year.

Among other spices, jeera is likely to move up in the medium term on back of good export demand and a bad crop in Syria and Turkey.

Indian Jeera is also quoting a low price in international markets.

Even pepper is expected to remain firm due to low stocks in main producing countries like India, Vietnam and Indonesia and slow arrivals from Brazil.

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