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Commodity price inflation to impact cost of low-voltage electrical equipment

Commodity price inflation to impact cost of low-voltage electrical equipment

A recovery in Asian demand and supply constraints in the global market has sparked an increase in price of commodities like copper, pushing manufacturers to increase cost of low-voltage electrical equipment. Electrical equipment such as circuit breakers, switching and control and metering products are used extensively in industrial, commercial and residential segments, with a significant chunk used in the power sector.

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Uttar Pradesh faces power shortfall of 2,000 MW

Uttar Pradesh faces power shortfall of 2,000 MW

The peak demand of Uttar Pradesh is of the order of 12,700 MW out of which around 10,700 MW is met leaving a shortfall of around of 2,000 MW at present. Paricha plant of 500 MW capacity which went on forced outage yesterday has been restored and is generating on full load. Now another private sector plant Anpara-C of 600 MW is out because of non-procurement of imported coal by the generating company.

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NMDC holds ore prices amidst slack demand

NMDC holds ore prices amidst slack demand

National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) decided not to raise the price of iron ore lumps and fines for September considering slackness in demand. Thus, the firm would continue to sell at the current price of Rs 4,200 a tonne of iron ore lump and Rs 2,510 per tonne of fines

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Tata Steel hopes to raise sales in FY14

Tata Steel hopes to raise sales in FY14

Tata Steel, which sold 7.5 million tonne of steel in 2012-13, plans to raise the sale to 8.5 million tonne in the current financial year, which is a growth of around 13.3 per cent. The company is hopeful of raising sales in the current fiscal as it expects increase in demand following the monsoon season. During Apr-Jun 2013, the firm posted a year-on-year sales growth of 26 per

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Price of sponge iron set to rise further

Price of sponge iron set to rise further

Rising demand for sponge iron may put upward pressure on the price of the steel-making raw material, reports indicate. Demand for sponge iron has increased after steel companies started using this in a greater quantity in place of steel scrap

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Natural gas price hike to make CNG, urea costly

Natural gas price hike to make CNG, urea costly

CNG (compressed natural gas) price would rise Rs 8.2 to 11.72 per kg in Delhi and Mumbai once the revised natural gas price comes into effect from April 2014, Minister of state for petroleum Panabaaka Lakshmi informed Parliament. CNG costs Rs 41.90 per kg in Delhi, and Rs 35.95/kg in Mumbai. The CNG price would rise by this amount assuming that the city gas distribution entity is operating entirely on dom

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BDI rises due to demand for ore from China

BDI rises due to demand for ore from China

Media reports indicate that the increase in demand for iron ore from China, the largest producer of steel, raised the Baltic Dry Index (BDI). The index tracks freight charges or the cost of moving the major raw materials by sea and it is published daily by the London-based Baltic Exchange

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NMDC reduces price of iron ore for July

NMDC reduces price of iron ore for July

Considering tepid demand in the monsoon season, public sector mining major NMDC reduced prices of iron ore by Rs 100-200 per tonne for July. While the company decided to cut the price of lumps by Rs 200 per ton, it reduce the price of fines by Rs 100 a ton for July, media reports indicate. Following the decision, which is reportedly taken at the company's recent board meeting in Hyderabad, iron ore l

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Crude oil futures rise to one-year high

Crude oil futures rise to one-year high

Geopolitical tension in the middle-east and expectation of rise in demand for crude oil in the US propped up oil prices in the international market to a one year high. Crude for August delivery settled at $101.24 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange at a recent trading session. Tracking the most-active contracts, futures prices marked their highest settlement and first close above the k

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Steel firms to benefit from rupee depreciation

Steel firms to benefit from rupee depreciation

Steel companies are cheering the weakening of the Indian currency against the dollar as it would make export of steel products more competitive and discourage local consumers from resorting to import. Local steel consumers may find imports costlier because of the depreciation in rupee and this may benefit Indian steel companies

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