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[Geofin Comtrade] Daily report on Natural Rubber: August 18, 2015

MARKET COMMENTARY

Lingering worries over demand continue to build downwards pressure on natural rubber. TOCOM rubber futures slipped to eight month low on Tuesday as investors grew wary over demand from the top natural rubber consumer China and on broad based decline crude oil and other industrial commodities. SHFE rubber futures, in the meantime, were swinging between positive and negative territories following the last day’s slump. In the Indian market, the commodities loitered on the bearish territory as well. Even as supplies thinned and production declined, subdued demand pressurized prices to move south.

MARKET NEWS

PTI reports that government is considering allowing foreign direct investment in rubber and coffee plantation sectors.

Crude rubber inventories at Japanese ports stood at 16241 tonnes as of July 31, up 18.3 per cent from that on July 20, data from the Rubber Trade Association of Japan showed.

Weekly data released by SHFE showed 1.1 per cent rise in rubber inventories in the warehouses monitored by the exchange. Rubber stocks stood at 189161 tonnes.

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce has submitted report on Rubber Industry in India and has made a number of observations and recommendations for the development of rubber sector.

Auto sales in China fell 7.1 per cent on YoY basis in July to 1.5 million, the biggest decline since February 2013 according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

Natural rubber production in India falls 3.7 per cent on YoY basis to 52000 tonnes according to the Rubber Board.

Director General of Foreign Trade Pravir Kumar said that existing inverted duty structure in rubber sector is a valid concern and is an issue need to be addressed as it impacts the production domestically and there by exports in any sector.

Union Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitaraman said in LokSabha that the government was not considering any proposal to restrict import of rubber or rubber products.

Reuters reports that India’s natural rubber imports in July dropped nearly 15 per cent from a year earlier to 36828 tonnes.

Kerala State government decided to earmark Rs.300 crore for rubber procurement during the current season apart from deciding to bring latex under the procurement scheme and relaxing certain norms for farmers wanting to join the scheme.

US auto sales were stronger than anticipated in July with sales rising 5.3 per cent to 1.51 million vehicles.

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