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Corn Futures Rose as Weaker Dollar Attract Buyers

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

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Corn Gains as Weaker Dollar, Last Week’s Slump Attract Buyers

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Corn Gains as Weaker Dollar, Last Week’s Slump Attract Buyers:

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Corn futures rose as a weaker dollar and the biggest weekly decline in 13 months attracted investors and importers.

Wheat and soybeans also rose.

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The dollar weakened as much as 0.2 percent against a basket of six major currencies, extending yesterday’s 0.3 percent loss and making U.S. supplies cheaper for importers.

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Nonghyup Feed Inc., South Korea’s biggest buyer of feed grains, bought 165,000 metric tons of corn for delivery between May and June, said two industry executives who took part in the bidding yesterday.

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Speculative net-long positions, the difference between investors’ orders to buy and sell corn, rose to an 18-month high during the four weeks ended Jan. 12, according to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data.

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Short positions, or bets prices will fall, reached a three-year low in the week ended Dec. 29.

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In Other major Commodities Updates we can read that Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council is going to monitor impact of futures market trading on food price inflation.

Panel to monitor food futures:

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The Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC), headed by C Rangarajan, has asked the commodity futures market regulator to provide it with data showing the impact of futures market trading on food price inflation, said BC Khatua, chairman, Forward Markets Commission (FMC).

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FMC regulates commodity futures trading on four national and nineteen regional bourses.

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The government’s logic is that there would be more data to fall back on now since commodity bourses went live in FY05 than when the Abhijit Sen panel was constituted two and a half years after their inception to study the impact of futures trading on food price inflation.

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The blue ribbon panel led by Mr Sen submitted its report in 2008.

The report found no conclusive evidence of a link between futures trading and food price inflation.

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However, the FMC chairman and industry experts have in the past repeatedly drawn the attention of futures market skeptics to the fact that price of items that were banned from futures trading continued to rise even after the ban.

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Items which continue to remain outside the purview of futures trading include rice, tur, urad and sugar.

Items which were relisted are wheat, rubber, soya oil, potato and chana.

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Wholesale price index-based inflation increased by 7.31% in December 2009 from the corresponding month last year.

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Of this, food article inflation – food articles have a 15.4% weight in the wholesale price index–has risen by 19.17%.

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