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B&E Indicators

B&E Indicators

Issue Date - 08/12/2011
Choppy commodity markets

On the back of global concerns about demand and appreciation in exchange rates, non-energy commodities have registered an approximate decline of 7.6% yoy in October 2011. Due to a decline in global industrial production, metals were the worst hit. Improving supplies also led to fall in prices of agricultural commodities. Crude prices dipped below $100/bbl due to slow demand but light/sweet crude and distillate markets will be tight in the upcoming peak winter.

Flourishing agri-supplies

A more robust supply scenario is leading to a fall in prices of agricultural commodities., led by raw materials like rubber and cotton. Most commodities have registered bumper crops like coffee (Brazil & Vietnam), fats & oils (Malaysia & South America) and wheat (increasing production in Australia, Canada, Russia and the Ukraine & Argentina). But uncertainties still remain about the longevity of this scenario.


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