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Weekly Update 13th – 17th December 2010

The fall in the domestic markets in the week gone by was really painful. The fall was seen across the board; both mid and small size company stocks were heavily punished. SEBI probed in some companies for price rigging reignited the concerns that there may be some cases which are yet to come.

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On the global front, thiswas the week when most of the major developed markets along with the emerging economies closed in positive. The disconnect reveals that overhand in the markets was more related to domestic issues only.U.S. economic data is continuing to point out that environment over there is improving. A consumer sentiment that reflects the strength of consumer spending rose six months high to 74.2 in the first half of December from 71.6 at the end of November.

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U.S. trade deficit in October shrank more that expected to $38.7 billion from a revised $44.6 billion shortfall the month before. Further more, the expected continuance of Bush tax for next two years which is likely to be cleared by U.S. senate in next two weeks will also help in improving sentiments. Japanese economy saw an annualized expansion of 4.5 percent for the quarter ended 30th September against expectations of 4.1 percent. In order to address inflationary pressures in the economy, China once again raised the reserve requirements for the third time in five weeks by 50 bps.

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The recent move takes reserve ratios requirement now to18.5 percent for the biggest banks. Chinese leaders have also indicated that the nation will shift to a tighter, “prudent” monetary policy for next year. Consumer and producer price index rose to 5.1 percent and 6.1 percent respectively for the month of November as against the expectation of 4.7 and 5.1 percent respectively. Moving ahead, we believe that the concerns pertaining to Indian Industrial growth and in turn overall growth of the economy would not be there after seeing the 10.8 percent growth in IIP for the month of October as compared to 4.4 percent last month. Moreover,we also believe that even for the month of November we could see the Industrial growth picking up close to 12 percent.

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The indicators like car sales growth of 20 percent,commercial vehicle sales growing by more than 18 percent and HSBC Manufacturing PMI rising to 58.4 in November from 57.2 in previous month give support to our belief.In the forthcoming days we believe we may continue to see bouts of volatility in the markets as nervousness is still there. In short term now we think the advance tax figures would help the markets in gauging the profitability of India Inc. as the result season is approaching. Nifty has strong support between 5900-5840 and Sensex between 19400-19000.In commodity section, bullions counter may trade on volatile path due to lack of clear direction on risk sentiment. Base metal counter will take cues from economic data from US. Crude oil further movement will depend on the demand from China, OECD countries and weather conditions in Europe.

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OPEC members are planning to increase output over the coming months. Copper will continue to make fresh high in near term as the global deficit will push its prices to new levels. The outcome of Central Economic Work Conference in China will further guide the movement in metal counter. In agro pack guar complex may remain on weaker side amid weak export demand. Jeera and peeper maytad lower on selling pressure on news of re-sowing. Mentha oil can tumble lower onarrivals. Soya will remain range tracking mixed movement in CBOT. CPO may trade on higher side tracking firm Malaysian CPO.

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COMMODITY WEEKLY COMMENTARY 27th September – 1st October

Gold prices hover around its life time highs last week on international as well as on domestic bourses as European stock markets extended their losses and crude oil dropped below $75 per barrel. However domestic silver futures gain reclaimed a new life time high on MCX while U.S silver hit a 30-year high as precious and base metals were further aided by a weaker dollar along with new data meantime revealed a downturn in European services and manufacturing output.

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A further decline in U.K mortgage and business lending, plus higher-than-expected U.S jobless claims for last week also supported the bullion counter last week. Base metal prices which were mostly trading lower during the beginning of the week bounced back strongly in the later part as investors moved to buy dollar denominated commodities to take advantage of fall in the dollar index. US equity markets ended lower as data indicated that house prices fell in July marking the eighth consecutive decline. Fed bought $2.07 billion worth of bonds, thereby boosting treasury prices and dollar continued to lose ground. In energy counter crude prices witnessed see saw moves during the week on mixed fundamentals. Crude traded below $75 per barrel as jitters increased due to the rise in U.S inventories highlighting weak demand, in spite of the dollar’s continued drop against its major rivals.

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Yellow spice turmeric showed wonderful recovery on dip in arrivals amid lower level buying. Domestic demand is expected to be strong during the ongoing festival season. With the same reason of dip in arrival, chilli futures also spurt in both spot and future market. Pepper surrendered its strength on heavy selling pressure, weak export demand in the middle of sluggish spot market. Fresh arrivals put pressure on jeera and cardamom futures and they closed the week on negative note. Fresh buying noticed in chana futures. Indian oil seeds and edible oil futures were moving on their own fundamentals. Fall in dollar index supported the price. Comfortable stocks could not give much impact on the prices. Soyabean and crude palm oil moved northward. Refined soya oil and mustard seed also closed the week on positive note.

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Fear of yield loss due to excessive rain in producing areas lent support to the guar counter; however upside was limited on lack of aggressive fresh buying. Technical support zoomed up mentha oil. Furthermore, temporary supply propped up potato in both physical and future market.

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COMMODITY WEEKLY COMMENTARY 6th-10th September 2010

International gold prices rose back above $1250 an ounce for the second time in a week, as government bonds ticked lower together with energy prices. Silver prices also touched a new 16-week high at $19.57 an ounce on international bourses while it made a life time high on MCX.

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Apart from bad economic news globally, a weak Rupee is also pushing up prices in India. Base metal pack also ended higher last week on positive manufacturing and improved jobless data from both China and US which pushed prices higher. However, lower dollar index also supported prices. After being top performer for many days, Nickel has marginally underperformed other base metals as inventories on LME increased. In energy counter, crude oil futures got jiggled in hands of both bulls and bears. Prices remained volatile for the week amid mixed fundamentals.

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On one hand, prices got support from improved economic data but upside was offset by building inventories. The positive sentiment was offset by the effect of the abysmal inventory status report.

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U.S commercial crude oil inventories increased by 3.4 million barrels from the previous week; at 361.7 million barrels. U.S. crude oil inventories are above the upper limit of the average range for this time of year. Total motor gasoline inventories decreased by 0.2 million barrels last week, and are above the upper limit of the average range.

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It was an action pack week for agro commodities in which they agro commodities saw big movements. Most of the spices closed on negative note bearing in mind the overseas weakness coupled with arrivals in some spices. Dip in Brazilian and Vietnamese pepper parity put pressure on Indian pepper as well and hence we saw two week continuous weakness. Similar to pepper, jeera futures also dragged down on dull spot trading. There was no respite for turmeric futures and they fell like nine pins for straight seven week on low stock buying amid the news of increase in acreage in Andhra Pradesh.

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Cardamom was sideways, while chilli was marginally up on short covering tracking the firm spot markets. Due to strong arrivals in major mandies coupled with beginning of fresh sowing of kharif pulses, chana futures surrendered their previous gain to some extent. Timely arrival of monsoon in southern and western regions has improved the sowing activity. Selling intensified in oil seeds and edible oil on the back of better crop estimate together with weakness in overseas market. Damaged crops in Russia, Europe and Canada, boosting demand for U.S. supplies to make animal feed, food and fuel revived maize futures. Guar counter was up on lower level buying.

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Commodity Weekly Commentary 5th-9th April

In the week gone by interesting moves were witnessed in gold futures. Gold prices surged high on international bourses while strong rupee kept domestic gold prices under check. International gold futures ended the first quarter with a positive note on buying driven by volatile currencies, firm stock markets and oil as well as euro zone debt but it struggled to sustain gains since hitting a record above $1,200 an ounce last December.

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The world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, SPDR Gold Trust said that its holdings stood at 1,129.823 tonnes as of March 31, 2010. Even, silver showed smart gains on international as well as on domestic exchanges. In base metal pack; copper futures hit 20-month highs last week, starting the second quarter in upbeat mood as improving demand sentiment and investor cash supported metals.

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Falling LME inventories helped aid sentiment in recent weeks, with copper stocks dipping 1,875 tonnes to 512,450 tonnes, having hit 6-1/2 year highs at 555,075 tonnes in mid-February. Nickel stood as outperformer last week among all the base metals as prices rose 34.9 percent in the first quarter of this year, outperforming other metals traded on the LME.

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The buying was triggered by expectations of stronger demand from stainless steel mills. In energy counter;  crude oil futures hit their highest level this year and posted the loftiest settlement for a front-month crude  contract in almost 1.5 years as a weakening dollar attracted buying.

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Bearish trend was witnessed in most of agri commodities in the week gone by. Guar pack futures fell last week tracking weakness in the spot market, hopes of normal monsoon rains in 2010 and sufficient stocks. The movement in guar seed is largely driven by the monsoon report as it is a rain-fed crop.

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However, in top producer Rajasthan, output is likely to drop by 80% to 241,000 tonnes in 2009/10 as scanty  rains trimmed area and yields. Profit booking at higher levels, drop in spot prices and rising arrivals  kept chana futures under check last week. In oil seeds section; soya bean and soya oil futures also  tad down tracking losses in the U.S. market, while rapeseed traded sideways tracking weakness in soya  market on output concerns.

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Traders are now speculating that output would be lower for mustard than the estimates considering the arrivals in spot market. In spices pack; jeera and chilli prices settled in red zone while pepper futures surged high for the third consecutive week due to extended bargain buying on the exchange platform. The factors supporting the rise in prices are firm rates in the international markets and active buying of exchange because of tight supply situation in the physical markets.

GUAR…… “U” TURN AHEAD

Guar gum enjoys prominent position in the exports of minor forest products. India exports guar gum in various forms to all parts of the globe. More than 80 per cent of exports of minor forest products are accounted for by guar gum.

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The government has appointed Shellac and Forest Products Export Promotion Council (SHEFEXIL) as the canalising agency for export of guar gum to Europe. “Guar gum exports to European Union, originating in or consigned from India and intended for animal or human consumption have been allowed subject to endorsement by SHEFEXIL.

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Around 90% of the total Guar Gum production is exported to countries like China,US, Germany and France.

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Sowing and Harvesting Season….

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The crop is sown from June and extends up to July. It is harvested from October and the peak arrival time continues till the end of December.

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Guar complex mostly follows the seasonal pattern in its movement, but quite volatile during March- September. As given in the above chart, guar seed prices tend to remain low during January, June and September months. The price movement starts its bull run from February, the time of lean arrivals & reaches its peak in the month of July. Later on, during August the reports of sowing come into scenario which affects the prices. The arrival pattern during October & December further brings the prices down.

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The early south- west monsoon forecasts and progress of monsoon from June to September influence the price movement. Later on, arrival pattern and demand from stockiest affect the prices.

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The Road Ahead: Considering the supply side in the current crop season i.e. October 2009-September 2010, production is estimated to be lower at around 3-3.5 million bags compared with 8.5-9 million bags in 2008-09. Carryover stocks of last year for Guar seed stands at around 3-3.5 million bags. Thus, total supplies for 2009-10 stands at around 6 million bags, which is far below the total consumption of 7-7.5 million bags. Guar gum stock with the stockiest currently stands at around 150,000 tonnes. Guar futures have already discounted by almost 15-18% since the beginning of the year due to slowed down off-takes by millers. They were not buying Guar seed at high prices as they have huge stocks of Gum & also due to huge disparity in the price of seed and gum.

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However, after the futures finishing their correction phase, the current scenario signifies that the stockiest have started stocking Guar seed at the current low prices on expectations that the prices would rise further due to a drop in output. However, further price rally would depend on the overseas demand for Guar gum which is expected to pick up which may lead prices to breach the level of 5100 in medium term.

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Weekly Update 29th March – 02nd April

The domestic markets had a mixed week; it started weak following RBI hiking the repo and reverse repo by 25 basis points each and growing concerns from the 16-nation Euro zone—first over conflicting signals from the currency bloc on resolving Greece’s debt problems and second over Fitch Ratings lowering Portugal’s sovereign credit outlook.

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But, concluded the week on green zone buoyed by continued liquidity inflow and earnings optimism; both the indices Sensex & Nifty, saw the highest closing levels in more than two years. FIIs bought stocks worth Rs 12125.81 crore this month till 25 March 2010.

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On the whole, over the last few months the confidence of global & domestic investors has resulted in an excellent run up in the domestic markets. Closer home, further rate hike together with hike in CRR is expected in order to anchor inflationary expectation in the next RBI meet which is scheduled on 20th April.

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Increasing capacity utilisation and rising commodity and energy prices are exerting pressure on overall inflation. Taken together, these factors heighten the risks of supply-side pressures translating into a generalised inflationary process. Food inflation in India dipped marginally falling to a five-month low.

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Inflation for the Food Articles group dropped to 16.22% in the week ended March 16, as compared to 16.3% in the previous week. While it is largely anticipated that this time around the increase in interest rates would not be a spoil sport for the markets as the signs of recovery in the growth are promising. Data on Industrial production & more specifically the acceleration in the growth of the capital goods sector points to the revival of investment activity.

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Expectations of the good corporate results as indicated by buoyant advance tax figures & the forecast for the southwest monsoon for 2010 is likely to play a catalyst role for the next direction of the market. On the global economic front; in a bid to restore confidence in their common currency, all 16 euro zone leaders have reportedly agreed to provide joint financial assistance to the debt-laden Greece in tandem with the IMF.

In the US front, Unemployment increased in 27 states in February and dropped in seven, a sign the labor market needs to pick up across more regions to spur consumer spending and sustain the economic recovery.

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Trend of world stock markets is up though China is showing some weakness along with some weakness in commodities. US dollar index rise above 81 has brought uncertainty in world markets and the Euro zone problem in Greece is giving uncertainty to Euro. One should trade carefully in such markets. Nifty has support between 5150-5050 and Sensex between 17200-16800 levels..

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Commodities are moving on their own fundamentals. Recent blow up in dollar index could not give much impact on the commodity prices as it was expected earlier in market. However, with the recent rise in dollar index, upside in commodities seems to be limited. Commodities are now expected to trade in a range after a volatile week. Expected improvement in employment data from US is likely to cap the downside. Agro commodities can perform mix. Spices, especially turmeric and pepper may trade in a range after an upside rally. Same trend may go with chana futures as well whereas guar may firm further.

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