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Palm oil futures may test support levels, rise

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BusinessLine Malaysian palm oil futures ended lower on Monday, tracking weakness in other markets. Lower exports and higher production expectation weighed on prices. The benchmark third-month November contract moved lower again failing to capitalise on recent ... More »

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Comex gold: Not too ‘bearish’ in the medium term

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BusinessLine Comex gold futures, drifted lower on Thursday despite a weaker dollar as investors worried that US Federal Reserve minutes would highlight the prospect of further rate hikes. World stocks were flat amid growing anxiety ahead of Washington’s end of... More »

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Crude oil: Inflation worry makes a case for tax cut

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BusinessLine Escalating geopolitical tensions, triggered primarily by the threat of US sanctions on Venezuela and Iran that can potentially crimp supplies in an already tightening market, have propelled crude markets higher to test $80 a barrel for Brent, near... More »

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Buy gold if it touches $1,335/ounce

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BusinessLine Comex gold futures slipped from their 11-week high on Thursday as the dollar gained and investors booked profits, but geo-political tensions in Syria capped the losses. Comex gold futures moved perfectly in line with our expectations. As mentioned... More »

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Buy gold if it dips to $1,315/oz

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BusinessLine Comex gold futures fell on Thursday after the United States and China signalled willingness to resolve a trade dispute through negotiations, reducing demand for bullion as a safe place to park assets. Comex gold futures moved as expected, but did ... More »

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Buy gold if it touches $1,310/oz

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BusinessLine Comex gold futures fell on Thursday, as uncertainty ahead of a European Central Bank policy meeting and further news on US trade tariffs kept the metal in a narrow range, though a stronger dollar pressured prices. Comex gold futures moved perfectl... More »

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The futility of customs duty hikes on agri-commodities

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BusinessLine December 6, 2017:   In a desperate bid to shore up prices of oilseeds and pulses, the Union government last month sharply increased the customs duty on various imported edible oils (palm, soya, sun, rapeseed oils) and slapped a 50 per cent customs... More »

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How policy changes may not get the pulse right

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BusinessLine November 22, 2017:   Sensing the discontent among growers across the country and alarmed by the gathering storm in the form of protests, the Government recently announced a series of measures to boost domestic oilseeds and pulses prices that have ... More »

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Pulses trade needs regulation, monitoring

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BusinessLine September 28, 2017:   For the second year in a row, the country is poised to harvest a large crop of kharif pulses, with the output estimated at 87 lakh tonnes (lt). Although below last kharif’s record production of 94 lt, this year’s crop size is... More »

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August weather may hurt cotton output prospects in India, US

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BusinessLine September 6, 2017:   August is known to be treacherous month. It saw weather aberrations in two of the world’s large producers and exporters of the natural fibre – India and the United States. While the US faced the fury of Hurricane Harvey and as... More »

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It’s time we got farmer-centric

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G Chandrashekhar A farmer-centric farm strategy goes well beyond production numbers. It has to encompass a range of activities including input delivery, water management, infusion of technology and investment in rural infrastructure. The Union Agriculture Mini... More »