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Food Price Index Rose 16.23%

Food price index rose 16.23 per cent in the year to May 15.

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The fuel price index climbed 12.08 per cent.

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Meanwhile, the speed of rise in food prices slackened from the previous week”s annual rise of 16.49 per cent.

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The fuel price inflation also slowed to 12.08 per cent from the previous week”s 12.33 per cent.

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The primary articles index was up 15.90 per cent, compared with the previous week”s annual reading of 16.19 per cent.

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Wholesale prices, however, eased in line with expectations to 9.59 per cent in April from a year earlier.

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This in turn provided further evidence that the RBI will hold off from raising interest rates at least until its next scheduled meeting in July.

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Earlier, Planning Commission Member Abhijit Sen stated that food inflation is likely to decrease to 4 to 5 % by November.

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This is from the current over 16 % after the arrival of Kharif (summer) crops.

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Meanwhile, he added that farm sector growth will be altered upwards to 0.2 % in 2009-10.

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This, however, is from the earlier estimate of minus 0.2 %.

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Prices have started falling from March after good Rabi arrival.

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Moreover, for some commodities such as onion and potatoes, the decline is very sharp.

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But, however, the overall prices are very high and after Kharif season, prices will commence to decline.

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He also said that it is quite possible food inflation will decline to 4-5 % by November this year.

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On the other hand, experts had predicted a decrease in food inflation with the arrival of Rabi crops in April.

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Mainly due to high prices of vegetables and fruits, food inflation carried on increasing and rose to 16.49 % for the week ended May 8.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had expressed optimism that overall inflation would decline to 5-6 % by December.

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In addition, on farm sector growth, Sen said growth is expected to be 0.2 % in 2009-10.

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This is due to the upward revision in production in third advance estimate.

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In 2010-11, the farm sector growth is likely to be 5-6 % if met department forecast on monsoon comes true.

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Foodgrains production has been revised upwards to 218.19 million tonnes from 216.85 million tonnes quoted in the second advance estimate released in February.

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Wheat production is projected at a record 80.98 million tonnes in 2009-10.

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Political will needed to contain pulse price rise

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

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political will needed to contain pulse price rise

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Political will needed to contain pulse price rise –

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As part of measures to curb price rise, the planning commission has mooted the idea of encouraging formation of pulses grower’s federation which will trade on commodity future exchanges.

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The commission seems to believe such a trading plan will rein in price rise.

Stagnant acreage, low yields  and unsteady output have characterized pulse production for over two decades.

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On the other hand, demand for pulses has been rising steadily because of rising incomes and demographic pressure.

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In Other major Commodities Updates, we can read that palm oil climbed to the highest in more than seven months.

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Palm oil extends 2009 rally on crude oil rise –

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Palm oil climbed to the highest in more than seven months, extending the best annual gain in 12 years, as gains in crude oil prices increased its appeal as a substitute used in biofuels.

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Palm oil rallied 56 percent last year on rising demand from India and China, the top consumers, and amid tight supplies of soyabean oil because of drought in south America.

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Oil surged 78 percent in 2009, the biggest annual advance in a decade, and soyabean oil rose 21 percent.

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March delivery palm oil  gained as much as 1.2 percent to 2,696 ($788) a metric ton on the Malaysia derivatives exchange, highest since may 15 in intra day trading.

It traded at 2,690 ringgit at 5:13 local time.

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Vegetable Prices to Ease by January : Planning Commission

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

Vegetable Prices to Ease by January : Planning Commission

Vegetable Prices to Ease by January : Planning Commission

Planning Commission Deputy Chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia Sunday said he expected vegetable prices to ease by January.

“At the end of a bad monsoon, the big pressure is on vegetables.

The annual inflation rate for food articles was sharply higher at 13.39 percent for the week under review.

Similarly, the annual rise in the index for pulses was 23.44 percent and that for cereals was 11.15 percent.

He also said that “By December-January, you will see at least something (fall in prices) for vegetables, there will be a different position,” Ahluwalia added.

“It (vegetable) is not something you can import, but in general, certainly in management of public distribution system, we are in a strong position as far as stocks are concerned,” he contended.

“There is more than enough food stock in the country. We do not have to worry on that score.”

The Reserve Bank of India and the government have both warned that India’s annual rate of inflation based on wholesale price index for all commodities would rise to 6-6.5 percent by March, while the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council has pegged it at 6 percent.

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In Other major Commodities Updates we can see that NMCE has kick started trading in gold guinea contract. 🙂

NMCE kicks starts trading in gold guinea contract:

National Multi Commodity Exchange of India (NMCE), the first commodity exchange of the country, has started trading in gold guinea contract to reach to the masses.

The commex has tied-up with Muthoot Group to set up multiple delivery centres.

The guinea would be a Muthoot branded BIS certified serially numbered,available in a tamper proof packing.

The purchase/delivery of the gold guinea will be made available through the Muthoot Finance’s 22 centers across the country, which include Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Jaipur, Mumbai, Indore, Delhi, Rajkot, Kanpur, Lucknow in the North and Trivandrum, Kollam, Kottayam, Calicut, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Truichi, Bangalore, Mangalore, Hyderabad, Trichur.

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Foreign Investors Protest India’s Tax Regime

Foreign Investors Protest India’s Tax Regime

Foreign Investors Protest India’s Tax Regime

In a demonstration of solidarity in economic diplomacy, the ambassadors and high commissioners of seven rich countries have jointly protested against features of, what they term, India’s “retrograde’’ tax regime.

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The ambassadors of the US, the Netherlands and Spain, high commissioners of the UK, New Zealand and Australia and the head of the European Commission delegation have expressed their anxiety over the “growing unpredictability in India’s tax policies’’ and written to finance minister Pranab Mukherjee seeking an appointment.

They said India’s policies were creating an “unquantifiable risk in investment planning’’.

The letter has been marked to commerce minister Anand Sharma, deputy chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia and cabinet secretary K M Chandrasekhar, among others.

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The concern pertains to the application of punitive tax liabilities on deals with retrospective effect.

Their anxiety was triggered by the $2 billion tax controversy involving Vodafone’s $12 billion buyout of Hong Kong-based Hutchison’s stake in Hutch-Essar.

And now include tax troubles in deals such as

SabMiller’s acquisition of Foster’s Indian beer business,

Aditya Birla Nuvo’s acquisition of shares in Idea Cellular from AT&T Mauritius,

transfer of GECIS Global (Luxembourg) shares by GE to a consortium of US private equity funds and,

Vedanta’s acquisition of Sesa Goa shares held by Mitsui through a UK holding firm.

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In other words, what was until now seen as a problem between tax authorities and Vodafone has now escalated into a standoff between the governments of seven nations, including the US and the EU.

Source : Times Of India 14/10/09

India To Press For Stimulus Package Continuance at G-20 Summit !

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India will seek continuance of the stimulus package that was devised to get the global economy out of the worst crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh .

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who leads the Indian delegation at the summit being hosted by President Barack Obama, will voice developing countries views that the developed countries should return to the trend growth and stabilization of the banking and financial sectors.

Such measures affects exports, capital flows and investment of the developing economies.

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Indian PM is going to pitch strongly against any attempts at protectionism and advocating reforms of the international financial institutions in this G 20 Summit .

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Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, National Security Adviser M K Narayanan, Finance Secretary Ashok Chawla are among the members of the Indian delegation which attending the summit.

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This Summit will also be attended by world leaders including British Prime Minister, German Chancellor, French President  among others.

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The summit represents 90 per cent of the world’s GDP, 80 per cent of the world trade and two-thirds of humanity.

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The summit is important for emerging economies like India, which have been affected by the global economic crisis not of its making, to tell the world that there was need to continue the stimulus package that was agreed at the Washington summit last November and a decision to pump in USD 1.1 trillion was decided at the London Summit in April last.

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Indian delegation are of view that the continuance of the stimulus package was in the interest of the poor countries and the emerging economies and developed economies should not adopt any strategy to exit from it.

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India will voice strongly the need for avoiding the temptation to resort to protectionism by the developed countries under the present crisis.

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Weekly Equity Update 21st-28th August :)

Weekly Update

After closing almost flat in penultimate week, in the week gone by markets closed in green terrain following the global markets which rallied to 10-month highs buoyed by renewed hopes that the global economic recovery is gathering pace and is pulling out of its deepest recession since the 1930s.

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Closer home, revival of monsoon rains, fresh buying by FIIs and firm European market boosted sentiment.

Moreover the statement made by FM that government expects GDP growth to accelerate to over 8% in 2010-11, with the economy showing signs of recovery, acted as a booster to markets.

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However it is expected that higher food prices will lead to WPI inflation accelerating to 6% in the fiscal year to March 2010.

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On the world economic front, the US economy shrank at an annual pace of 1% between April and June 2009, unchanged from an initial estimate released last month.

From the United Kingdom, its economy contracted 0.7% in the second quarter as the recession prompted companies to cut investment and inventories while consumers scaled back spending.

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Japan‘s exports tumbled and stood at 35.7% for a tenth straight month in July as demand from all of the nation’s major markets deteriorated.

Trend of all markets is up though Shanghai has topped out and moving down which is a cause of concern.

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Nifty has support between 4600-4500 and Sensex between 15500-15000.

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Once again commodities have shown the buoyancy that they can hold the support.

One or two day’s correction in the prices couldn’t break the trend of commodities. However upside is limited.

Resembling last week, current week as well is jam-packed of event risk as GDP data of many countries will release which will make commodities volatile throughout the week accordingly.

Precious metals may trade in a range with upward bias.

Back at home, to see more upside it has to trade above the level of 15000 in MCX.

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In agro commodities, buying may return in spices as recent fall in the prices has made Indian parity more competitive in international market.

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MARKET OUTLOOK

Trend of all markets is up though Shanghai has topped out and moving down which is a cause of concern.

It seems that currently US markets are determining the overall trend and our markets might be linked up with US markets now as we have broken above 4730 Nifty.

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If US markets don’t react, then we should be seeing higher levels ahead.

Nifty has support between 4600-4500 and Sensex between 15500-15000.

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EQUITY TABLES :

1. Indian and Sectoral Indices :

weekly indices update

2. BSE Movers and Shakers & IA Equity Figures

BSE Movers and Shakers & IA Equity Figures

3. NSE Movers and Shakers :

NSE Weekly Movers and Shakers

4. MONEY MARKET & ECONOMIC INDICATORS :

MONEY MARKET & ECONOMIC INDICATORS

5. GLOBAL INDICES :

Weekly GLOBAL INDICES


From the United Kingdom, its economy contracted 0.7% in the second quarter as the recession prompted companies to cut investment and inventories while consumers scaled back spending.