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Weekly Update 26th – 30th July 2010

The markets witnessed good buying in the week gone by as the corporates from U.S. to Europe showed good performance raising the confidence in the strength of the global economic growth. Continuous buying by the foreign institutions and the strength in the developed markets helped stocks to scale 29 months high. U.S. Fed chief Ben S. Bernanke said that central bank would take additional action if the world’s largest economy does not continue to improve.

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European Banks Stress test result showed that from a sample of 91 European banks, representing 65% of the European market in terms of total assets, 7 banks would see their Tier 1 capital ratios fall below 6%. The focus of the test was mainly to assess the ability of the banks to absorb possible shocks on credit and market risks, including sovereign risks over a 2 years horizon, until the end of 2011. The test revealed that the aggregate Tier 1 ratio, used as a common measure of banks’ resilience to shocks, under the adverse scenario would decrease from 10.3 percent in 2009 to 9.2 percent by the end of 2011 (compared to the regulatory minimum of 4 percent and to the threshold of 6 percent set up for this exercise). However investors are still ambiguous about the credibility of the test as it ignores the majority of banks’ holdings of sovereign debt assuming a case of no default by Greece or any other European country.

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India Inc. has so far shown good performance. The net profit of 339 companies that have declared results has grown by 25.5 percent and sales have shot up by 17.8 percent compared to corresponding quarter last year. The annual monsoon rains improved 24 percent from the deficit in the previous week, but were still 17 percent below normal in the week to 21July 2010, as per the data of the India Meteorological Department on Thursday, 22 July 2010. The seasonal monsoon rains during 1 June to 22 July 2010 were 12 percent below normal.

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The expectation of another 25bps hike in policy rates has already been built in the market. Market would take a cue from what RBI says in its monetary policy on 27th July about the health of domestic market and the steps in its act of balancing growth while anchoring inflationary expectations.

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Trend of Indian Stock Markets is up since a month and now the world markets are also participating in the rally. The rise in Base metal commodities is giving more steam to the rally as that is a reflection of increasing demand for metals in the industry. Nifty has support between 5315-5250 levels and Sensex between 17700- 17500 levels.

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Better than expected earnings amid optimistic equity market bestowed the much needed direction to the commodity market and thus it headed for biggest gain since March. In the meantime, dollar is going down and likely to trade in a negative territory as investors are moving back to the risky asset, which is appearing more promising in current context. Gold is narrating the same story and it is moving in a range with downside bias. Gold silver ratio has declined as silver outperformed gold, getting support from terrific rise in base metals prices. Energy complex has ignored the negative news and shore up on better results and strong technicals. But yes, it’s a time to book profit in spices as they are overbought now, especially pepper.

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Weekly Update 19th – 23rd July 2010

The concerns over recovery in global economy resurfaced in investors mind as China economy grew 10.3 percent in the second quarter showing moderation from 11.9 percent expansion in the first quarter. In U.S., consumer confidence dropped in July to the lowest level in the year to 66.5 from 76 in previous month and factory output too fell by 0.4 percent in June.

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The minutes released by the office of the Federal Reserve said that “The economic outlook had softened somewhat and a number of members saw the risks to the outlook as having shifted to the downside”. The statement and weak data only added to the worries and led to the decline in most of the global markets.

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India’s Industrial Production growth came surprisingly low to 11.5 percent in May from a year earlier and the April growth was revised downward to 16.5 percent from 17.6 percent. It is expected that the Industrial Production will remain close to double digits as some of the leading indicators like vehicle sales remained buoyant in June.

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Keeping a vigil on the liquidity and in order to ensure smooth credit lines for both government and corporate to sustain the growth momentum, RBI has further extended the second liquidity adjustment facility (SLAF) on a daily basis till July 30, 2010. Strong credit growth in Banking system and Industrial production together with high food inflation may influence RBI to raise policy rates by another 25 bps in its first quarter review on 27th July.

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The latest statement by the IMD that the monsoon up to 15 July has so far been 14 percent below the long period average is a cause of concern.July, especially being the most important month for sowing the Kharif crops has led to the alteration of earlier beliefs that going ahead food inflation will moderate.

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Mostly world markets are in downtrend though Indian stock market is still in uptrend. The base metal commodities are not able to rise which is showing the underlying uncertainty in the markets. One should be cautious in such markets.

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Nifty has support between 5280-5220 levels and Sensex between 17600-17400 levels.Indian markets have gone up substantially in last one and half month and dollar index has fallen sharply from higher levels but the Indian rupee has not moved much which is a sign of concern as rupee should have strengthened in such an environment.

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Lack of clarity with reference to the direction of world economy is painting a hazy picture for commodity market. Even uncertain outcome of economic releases and result of second quarter is giving little direction to the commodities. Investors are refraining to make large position in current situation. This week, we have important data form UK and Canada. Housing data can give further direction to base metals. Bullions can trade in a slim spread. Expiry of July contract in NCDEX may result in more volatility in all agro commodities. After witnessing a multi week high some spices may see a pause in rally.

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Banks Warned Regarding Insurance to Farmers

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

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Banks Warned Regarding Insurance to Farmers

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Banks Warned Regarding Insurance to Farmers:

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Severe action will be taken against banks if they adjust the amounts payable to farmers under crop insurance scheme (Rs. 801 crore) and input subsidy (Rs. 600 crore), against their old loan dues.

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Collectors have been asked to convene meetings of district level bankers’ committees to warn them against withholding these sums, affecting sowing of fresh crops.

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Also, they have been asked to take steps for re-scheduling of crop loans in 1,068 mandals declared as affected by drought or floods.

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The conference also decided to provide road connectivity to all SC and ST habitations with Rs 1,200 crore available for the purpose, begin procurement of kharif produce to build up buffer stocks for subsidizsd schemes.

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Mr Rao said a decision was taken to announce a new tribal policy aiming at empowerment of the tribals.

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In Other major Commodities Updates we can read that retail prices have sugar have started showing some signs of moderation in the national capital of the country.

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Retail sugar prices moderate in Delhi, high in other cities:

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In some good news for consumers, retail prices of sugar which have climbed by more than Rs 6 per kg since January 1 have shown some signs of moderation at least in the national capital Delhi, which has been bearing the brunt of the price spike.

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Latest data from food and consumer affairs ministry shows that retail sugar prices in the capital, which had risen to almost Rs 47 per kg around January 15 has dropped by Rs 2 per kg to Rs 45 in the last couple of days.

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In other major cities though there is hardly any big change.

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In Jammu, government data showed that retail sugar prices have climbed by Rs 8 per kg since January 11, while in Lucknow prices have hardened by Rs 6 and in Jaipur, Aizwal and Dehradun prices have moved by whopping Rs 9 to Rs 10 per kg since January 11.

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Cashew Kernel Exports Decline to 1,07,496 Metric Tonnes

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

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Cashew Kernel Exports Decline to 1,07,496 Metric Tonnes

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Cashew kernel exports decline 4% in 2009

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India’s cashew kernel exports have showed an overall drop of a marginal 4 per cent to 1,07,496 metric tonnes during the calendar year 2009 compared to the previous year.

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During the period January to December 2009, the value of kernel exports was marginally lower by 2.2 per cent to Rs 2,869 crore as against the year ago period.

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The drop in exports was mainly attributed to a sharp rise in domestic consumption.

The exporters had to draw down to meet the domestic demand than export commitments.

The local consumption is pegged at around 1,30,000 tonnes for the year.

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According to Kochi based Cashew Export Promotion Council of India (CEPCI), the unit value realization was up by 2 per cent to Rs 266.87 per kg in the export market during 2009.

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In Other major Commodities Updates we have news on the Govt Plans to buy 280 lakh tone of rice for central pool.

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Govt plans to buy 2.8 cr tonne of rice for central pool

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The government hopes to buy 280 lakh tonne of rice for the Central Pool during the ongoing 2009-10 marketing season, more than earlier target of 260 lakh tonne, even as the grain production this year is expected to be lower by 13 million tonne.

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According to the latest official data, total rice purchases by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and state agencies stand at 178.30 lakh tonne as on Thursday, slightly below 182 lakh tonne procured in the same period of the 2008-09 season.

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The country’s rice production from the current Kharif season is estimated to be lower at 71.45 million tonne, compared with 84.58 million tonne in the last year season.

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Wheat Sowing Picks Up Pace Across India

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

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Wheat sowing picks up pace across India

Wheat sowing picks up pace across India:


As per the latest government estimate, wheat has been sown in around 13.70 million hectares of land till last week, almost 5% more than the same period last year.

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Sowing in India ‘s two main wheat growing province of Punjab and Haryana,which contribute almost 80% of the total country’s production is nearing end.

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Officials believe that  barring delayed harvest kharif crops, cooler temperature in most parts of northern, central and western India added with the recent unseasonal rains should provide an ideal climatic condition for good wheat sowing and early growth.

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The government expects an additional two million tonne of wheat production during the rabi season to offset some of the losses incurred during the kharif harvest.

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However, as per studies done by Indian Council of Agriculture Research, wheat yield can come down by almost 50 kilograms per hectare per day if it is sown very late (beyond December) in northern states.

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The output drop in southern wheat growing states and in Maharashtra and Karnataka is estimated to be around 36 kilograms per hectare per day if the crop is sown very late.

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In Other major Commodities Updates we can read about India’s FM statement on Inflation root cause and launching of in 12 commodities by MCX.


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Inflation due to food items shortage: FM


The current trend in inflation in India is a result of a shortage of food items and not due to a demand-push factor, Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee told Parliament on Tuesday.

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The food articles index rose an annual 15.6% as at 14 November, up from the previous week’s 14.6% rise.

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The weakest monsoon since 1972 and then floods in parts of the country have hurt farm output and pushed up food prices.

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The finance minister said the government is keeping a close watch on futures trading in commodities.

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The Centre is planning massive investment to boost farm output, the minister said.

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MCX launches EFP in 12 commodities:


The Multi-Commodity Exchange of India (MCX) has introduced the exchange of futures for physicals (EFP) transactions in 12 commodities from Tuesday, the bourse said in a release.

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This process will help traders who have already entered into an agreement for physical trade to take position on futures platform for transparent pricing mechanism.

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In EPF, if the quality of the commodity traded does not match MCX specifications, both parties can then decide on a premium or discount to the settlement price on the futures platform on the delivery date.

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After 20 Years, India to Import Rice

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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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Wheat Sowing Starts, to Gather Pace After Cane Fields Vacated

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Wheat sowing starts, to gather pace after cane fields vacated

Wheat sowing starts, to gather pace after cane fields vacated

 

Wheat sowing starts, to gather pace after cane fields vacated:

Sowing of wheat, the biggest foodgrain grown during the rabi season, has started in some parts of the country.

The crop has been planted in around 25.7 lakh hectare till November 5, almost 9.4% less than the same period last year.

Though wheat sowing has got off to a slow start this year, but still there is not much concern as the delay is mainly due to late harvesting of kharif crops.

Sowing of rapeseed has also started on a weak note and till Thursday, around 3.48 lakh hectares of land has been brought under the crop as against 6.65 lakh hectares sown during the same period last year.

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In Other major Commodities Updates we can see that Mentha oil futures have turned weak and Corn and soybeans have fell for the third straight day.

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Mentha oil futures turn weak:

Mentha oil futures prices fell by 0.30 per cent today as traders indulged in profit-booking at higher prices amid fall in demand in the spot market.

Increased arrivals from producing belts in Uttar Pradesh also put pressure on the prices.

At the MCX counter, mentha oil for November contract declined by 0.30 per cent to Rs 533.60 a kg clocking business volume in 201 lots.

Similarly, mentha oil for delivery in December contract eased by 0.26 per cent to Rs 540.20 a kg in business turnover in 53 lots.

Fall in mentha oil prices was mostly due to profit-taking by speculators and subdued trend in spot markets.

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Corn, Soybeans Fall as Warm, Dry Weather May Speed U.S. Harvest:

Corn and soybeans fell for the third straight day on speculation that warm, dry weather will hasten U.S. harvesting, boosting supplies for food and feed producers.

Weather conducive to field work is expected across the Midwest in the next 15 days.

About 49 percent of U.S. soybeans and 75 percent of the corn remained to be gathered as of Nov. 1, according to government estimates.

Grain and oilseed markets also fell on reduced investment demand for raw materials as an inflation hedge.

The rising unemployment rate is not good news for demand.

Corn futures for December delivery fell 9.5 cents, or 2.5 percent, to $3.67 a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade.

The decline pared the week’s gain to 0.3 percent, the fourth increase since Oct. 2.

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