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Realty & capital goods stocks drag Sensex down down 59.23 points

Thu, 26 Jul 2012 09:39:00 +0000

Indian stock markets continued to trade marginally in the red in the afternoon trading session on Thursday.At 2.30 pm, the Nifty stood at 5,081.70, down 27.9, while the Sensex was trading at 16,786.82, down 59.23.The Midcap stocks, which saw a fall in the morning session, continued to trade in the red with the BSE Midcap index down by 1.19 per cent.Most sectoral indices were trading in the red with realty, capital goods and PSU stocks being the worst-hit. Healthcare and pharma stocks were the only sectors to be trading in the green on both the BSE and NSE.Volatility was down with the India VIX falling by 4 per cent to 16.09.Sun Pharma, Ambuja Cements, Bajaj Auto, Maruti and PowerGrid were the top five gainers on the NSE, while PNB, Bank of Baroda, SAIL,Tata Power and BPCL were the top laggards.Thanks to www.thehindubusinessline.com [...]



Downside appears limited if Nifty closes below 5150: Analysts

Thu, 29 Mar 2012 10:15:00 +0000

The 50-share Nifty index slipped to its 2-month low on Thursday, breaking key technical support levels of 5150 on weak global cues.

"Despite Nifty momentarily breaching the 5150 mark on an intra-day basis today, the outlook for Nifty remains positive. Even if Nifty closes below the 5150 mark, the downside appears limited to 2-3%," said Vinit Pagaria, VP - Investment Strategies, Microsec Capital Ltd

Nifty has been holding on to the crucial support band of 5150-5170 since the last few days. It tested a low of 5174.90 on Monday, 5184.65 on Tuesday and 5169.60 on Wednesday.

The 50-share Nifty index was down 0.9 percent at 12:40 hrs, breaking below the 200-day moving average for the first time since Feb. 1.

Some of the momentum oscillators like stochastics are in the oversold territory and indicate that a sharp upside is possible from here on in the short term.

"We continue to believe that traders should go long between 5000 and 5250 with upside targets of 5400, 5630 and finally 5900," added Vinit.

Microsec Capital advises traders to write Nifty April Put options of strike 5100 and strike 5200.

According to analysts, expiry of March derivatives contracts today and the end of the fiscal year at the end of the week is also adding to the volatility.

"Beginning today, it is a new settlement for the FIIs in the sense that whatever they buy now will go into the new financial year. In case FIIs do press the gas on the downside, the domestic market as well as the retail investors may not be able to absorb the selling pressure," said VK Sharma, Head of Business, Private Broking & Wealth Management, HDFC Securities.

"Chances are the markets would crash and we might see Nifty going down to levels below 5000," added VK Sharma.

National Stock Exchange data showed provisional net purchases of Rs 148 cr ($29.15 million) on Thursday, bringing total net sales for the week to about $39 million.

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Budget 2012: Highlights of Pranab Mukherjee's speech

Fri, 16 Mar 2012 07:00:00 +0000

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today presented Union Budget 2012, the 81st Budget in India's history. Individually, this is Mukherjee's seventh annual Budget, second-highest by any Finance Minister.Below are the key highlights of Union Budget2012: > India's GDP estimated to grow at 6.9% in 2011-12> See signs of Indian economy turning around> Agriculture and services have continued to perform well and manufacturing appears to be at the cusp of a revival> Expect headline inflation to moderate in next few months> Current account deficit likely to be at 3.6% for FY12> Average crude price likely to exceed USD 115 per barrel in 2012> Focus on domestic demand driven growth> Need to remove supply bottlkenecks in nationsl highway, coal, aviation> Need to address black money issue> Will encourage private investment> Government will raise Rs 30,000 cr via divestment in FY13> GST will become operational by August 2012> Government to move MFI Bill> Mandatory to make IPOs of Rs 10 crore plus to introduce it in electronic form> Will introduce Rajiv Gandhi Equity Scheme to encourage retail investors> Tax exemption on individual share investments below Rs 10 lakh> Expect infra investment in the 12th Plan to be Rs 50 lakh crore> Tax free infrastructure bonds doubled to Rs 60,000 crore> No progress on FDI in aviation> Rs 50,000 tax exemption for retail investors> Fiscal deficit pegged at Rs 5.13 lakh crore for FY13> DTC not effective this year> Exemption up to Rs 2 lakh for taxpayers> No change in corporate tax rateFor more watch the accompanying video[...]



No real roadmap for telecom in India, says MP Chandrasekhar

Tue, 11 Oct 2011 10:28:00 +0000

Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Member of Parliament - Rajya Sabha tells exclusively to CNBC-TV18 that he is ‘underwhelmed by the new draft telecom policy .’ According to him, the policy has not really laid out a real roadmap for more unified and much more holistic approach to growing telecom in the country. Therefore, he believes this has been a lost opportunity.“We needed to improve the whole regulatory environment and fix the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), which has been the cause of a lot of confusion in the last few years,” he said in an exclusive interview. He goes on to say that the exit and surrender policy inserted by TRAI are unnecessary. “This is a free market and I believe there should be no restrictions for investors to invest and exit,” he adds.Below is an edited transcript of his interview with Shereen Bhan and Siddharth Zarabri. Also watch the accompanying video.Q: What do you make of the new telecom policy announced by the Telecom Minister?A: I am abroad, so I really haven’t seen the details and the fine print of it. But prima facie, I am a bit underwhelmed by the policy. Going into this, we clearly knew what the objectives were. We needed to improve the whole regulatory environment and fix the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), which has been the cause of a lot of confusion in the last few years. We needed to address the broadband penetration in the country; we are clearly lagging behind wireless in terms of broadband. We also need to fix some of these issues of licensing and spectrum availability and so on and so forth.Now I think what the policy seems to have done is essentially address the issues that are emerging from the controversies of the past few months and years. It has not really laid out a real roadmap for more unified and much more holistic approach to growing telecom in the country. Keep in mind that telecom is not just wireless; telecom is a broadband, attracting investments into broadband, about fixing this pain of having a TRAI that speaks with both sides of it’s mouth all the time and fixing this whole independent regulatory framework. So we need to address these fundamental issues in the policy, which I think from what I read and hear we have not and that would have been a lost opportunity I believe.Don't miss: Roaming charges removal may impact pricing of Bharti, IdeaQ: Let’s talk about what he has actually articulated and announced and that is really doing away with domestic roaming charges. Also he has spoken about ‘encouraging re-farming of spectrum.’ So while the speculation was that the government will finally come out with the details of how that spectrum will be re-farmed, the fact of the matter is that Kapil Sibal has used the word ‘encouraging re-farming of spectrum’, which seems to suggest that it would be voluntary as opposed to be made mandatory by the government?A: I don’t believe this is a policy issue; this is really an administrative issue. For example, one India is a 15 minute administrative decision to say that roaming rates will be brought down; Europe has done recently. So it is not really part of an architecture of a policy that will sustain the sector for the next few years. It is something that can be done very quickly.On the issue of spectrum re-farming, I really don’t understand what that means. I am not sure if it’s an attempt to allow the spectrum sales between companies who have it, but don’t have the customers and some sort of a soft backhanded way of merging companies and their assets, in this case the spectrum as an asset. So I am not sure what it means. It sounds really great, but I still believe and I maintain that there are many other fundamental policy issues that should have been address in the NTP 2011; issues that would have addressed the problems that we have today from NTP 1999. So I believe it was a lost opportunity and I hope this was not a last word on that.Q: NTP 2011 says that the government will frame an exit[...]



Sensex regains 18,000 level after 9-days as crude falls

Fri, 24 Jun 2011 08:15:00 +0000

(image) The BSE benchmark Sensex added over 313 points to regain the 18,000-level after nine-days during intra-day trade today on heavy buying in blue-chips after a steep fall in crude prices and easing concerns on fuel prices hike.

The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark index climbed 313.14 points to 18,037.63 at 1145 hrs, with most oil company stocks rising.

The National Stock Exchange's broader Nifty index rose by 92 points to 5,414.

The trading sentiment improved after Oil Minister S Jaipal Reddy said his ministry has made no specific proposal on increasing auto and cooking fuel prices for consideration by the EGoM on fuel prices later today, easing concerns of more monetary tightening to curb inflation.

Crude oil prices dropped by 4.6 per cent to USD 91.02 a barrel in New York yesterday.

The largest state-owned oil explorer, Oil and Natural Gas Corp, surged by 3.18 per cent, the most in a month, to Rs 272.90, while Gas Authority of India gained 2.20 per cent to Rs 446.50.(image)



Tiger Global invests US$6 million in CaratLane

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 04:59:00 +0000

(image) Tiger Global has invested $6 million in online jewellery portal , CaratLane, in its second e-commerce investment this month. Earlier this month, the global PE major had invested $20 million in books-to electronics e-retail venture, Flipkart. CaratLane, which supplies to 50 cities, will use the funding to expand its national footprint.

"We want to strengthen our back end and invest in marketing and brand building," said the company's CEO Mithun Sacheti, who founded the venture in 2008 with Srinivasa Gopalan, founder-CEO of Lister Technologies. Tiger Global is betting big on Indian e-commerce.

The investment in CaratLane is its sixth this year. In May, the fund had led a $16 million investment round in online private sales retailer, Exclusively. in.

In April, Tiger Global, along with IDG Ventures and Indo-US Venture Partners, invested $14 million in e-retailer Myntra. They also invested in online electronics retailer Lets-Buy and in online babycare products retailer BabyOye.com .

E-commerce in India has been booming, with the market expected to rise 47% to Rs 46,000 crore this year, according to a report by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). However, e-retail constitutes just 8% of e-commerce, with personal items like jewellery, apparels, cosmetics, shoes and watches contributing 19% to e-retail.

While online retail has been popularly considered as driven by deals and low prices, CaratLane claims the average ticket size on their site is Rs 80,000.

But the company also claims its prices are upto 25% lower than retail store prices. Sacheti, a trained gemologist, said that in any nascent e-commerce market, low prices are the first step to attract customers. His family owns Jaipur Gems and Sacheti and he was able to leverage the connections and expertise in the area of gems and jewellery to build up CaratLane.

"We are able to keep prices low as we hold minimum stocks and are able to turn around pieces in 48 hours," said Sacheti. While the company manufactures and retails jewellery, it acts as an aggregator for solitaires. "We source solitaires from all over the world and are able to guarantee the lowest prices," he said. The company, which clocked revenue of Rs 50 crore in FY 2010-11, expects to expand to 100 cities by end of the year.(image)



Sensex Index Swings Between Gains and Losses on Monsoon Forecast, Greece

Wed, 22 Jun 2011 11:47:00 +0000

India’s benchmark stock index was little changed after swinging between gains and losses. A forecast of a below normal monsoon outweighed optimism that Greece may avoid a default on its debt.Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (HUVR), India’s biggest home-products maker, dropped the most in five months. Monsoon rain in India will be below normal for the second time in three years, the weather office said yesterday, potentially lowering farm output and stoking inflation which is the highest among Asia’s major economies. Infosys Ltd., a software exporter that earns 22 percent of its revenue from Europe, rose the most in two weeks. Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou secured a parliamentary confidence vote, sparking a rally in global equities.The Bombay Stock Exchange Sensitive Index, or Sensex, was little changed at 17,550.63 at the 3:30 p.m. close in Mumbai. The S&P CNX Nifty Index on the National Stock Exchange climbed less than 0.1 percent to 5,278.30 and its June futures settled at 5,283. The BSE 200 Index fell 0.2 percent to 2,178.43.“A weak monsoon will lead to a further spike in inflation, which is being driven by rising commodity and crude oil prices,” said Gaurang Shah, assistant vice president at Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services Ltd. (GBNP)Hindustan Unilever lost 3.6 percent to 310.75 rupees, its biggest slide since Jan. 27.Rainfall will be 95 percent of the 50-year average in the June-September season, the weather office said yesterday after the markets closed. That compares with 98 percent predicted by the state-owned forecaster in April. A variation of 4 percent from the long-term average is deemed normal by the agency.Record HarvestsPrime Minister Manmohan Singh is relying on adequate rain to harvest record quantities of food grain and oilseeds for a second year and cool inflation, which has led the central bank to raise rates 10 times since mid-March 2010. Farming makes up almost 14 percent of the economy and a reduced farm output can also lower rural incomes, hurting sales of tractors and cars.Infosys increased 1 percent to 2,755.05 rupees and its June futures settled at 2,760 rupees.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index rose 0.8 percent. A total of 155 lawmakers supported the motion in the 300-seat parliament in Athens, bolstering Papandreou’s chances of pushing through austerity measures to secure international financial aid for Greece. The International Monetary Fund, contributor of a third of the bailout money for the nation, has warned EU leaders that a failure to take decisive action on the debt crisis risks triggering “large global spillovers.”“Markets may see a dead-cat bounce on good news from Greece but it will not sustain in the long term,” Geojit BNP’s Shah said.‘Gloomy Horizon’The Sensex has declined 14 percent in 2011, the worst performer in Asia. The stocks on the gauge are valued at 14.2 times estimated earnings, compared with 10.8 for the MSCI Emerging Markets Index.“The horizon is still gloomy,” said Deepak Chatterjee, managing director of SBI Funds Management Pvt., which manages $9.3 billion in assets. “Inflation doesn’t seem to be tamed and we’re not at the end of the rate-increase regime. The government has to try to fix the structural problems. It is a question of sentiment rather than fundamentals.”The central bank raised the repurchase rate to 7.5 percent from 7.25 percent on June 16, extending the longest streak of tightening in a decade, joining its peers from China to South Korea in stepping up the fight against surging living costs.Rising borrowing costs have begun to crimp demand and hurt corporate earnings. India’s $1.4 trillion economy expanded 7.8 percent in the three months through March 31, the slowest pace in five quarters. Some 33 percent of companies in the Sensex reported profits that missed analysts’ estimates in the March quarter, compared with less than a quarter last year.O[...]



Nifty moves higher; oil & gas, banks, auto gain

Tue, 21 Jun 2011 05:41:00 +0000

Indian markets bounced back after a sharp fall in the last session on concerns of renewal of tax treaty between India and Mauritius. Oil&gas and rate sensitives like banks and auto stocks led the pull-back while realty, power and capital goods stocks were down on profit booking."After Monday's Mauritius blues, a recovery appears in sight. A review of the tax treaty with Mauritius appears to be on the cards though no timeline has been fixed for negotiations.Even if talks were to start, their duration and outcome is uncertain. What is also heartening to note is that there was no major sell-off from FIIs (net sales Rs 5 billion). The domestic funds pumped in over Rs 8.6 billion.So, the start will be positive and a bounce back is a given. Global cues are also supportive. Stock indices in the US and Europe closed higher amid hope of a resolution to the Greek's debt woes. Most Asian markets are up this morning.The euro has recovered while the dollar index is down slightly. Nymex crude is hovering around $93 a barrel while the Brent is around US$112.The Nifty could find resistance around 5300. It is likely to find support around 5200. Overall, the market could remain jittery in the short term. One must stick to a 'wait-and-see' approach and be vigilant given the high degree of volatility," said IIFL report.At 10:20 am; National Stock Exchange's Nifty was at 5283.65, up 25.75 points or 0.49 per cent. The broader index touched a high of 5297.25 and low of 5257 in trade so far.Bombay Stock Exchange's Sensex was at 17595.65, up 89.02 points or 0.51 per cent. The 30-share index hit a high of 17642.77 and low of 17504.27 intraday.BSE Midcap Index was up 0.22 per cent and BSE Smallcap Index moved 0.23 per cent higher.Amongst sectoral indices, BSE Oil&gas Index was up 0.69 per cent, BSE Bankex gained 0.56 per cent and BSE Auto Index moved 0.53 per cent higher.BSE Realty Index was down 0.94 per cent, BSE Power Index slipped 0.22 per cent and BSE Capital Goods Index declined 0.13 per cent.Sun Pharma (1.84%), Bharti Airtel (1.67%), Reliance Industries (1.59%), Tata Motors (1.57%) and TCS (1.52%) were the major Nifty gainers.HCL Tech (-2.39%), Jaiprakash Associates (-1.52%), ONGC (-1.37%), BHEL (-1.32%) and DLF (-1.12%) were the major Nifty losers.Market breadth was positive on the NSE with 1068 gainers against 976 losers.Meanwhile, the Asian markets were moved higher. Nikkei 225 was up 0.43 per cent, Strait Times moved 0.63 per cent higher and Hang Seng edged 0.32 per cent higher.[...]



ONGC plans to invest $7.7 bn in India gas block: Report

Tue, 21 Jun 2011 05:32:00 +0000

(image) Indian state explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp plans to invest USD 7.7 billion to develop a gas field in an east coast block and produce up to 30 million cubic meters a day in five years, the Economic Times reported on Tuesday.

The company plans to drill eight additional wells in the block to maximize output from the deep-sea field and has sought approval for the plan from the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons and the petroleum ministry, the newspaper said citing an emailed response from ONGC.

ONGC could not immediately be reached for comment.

Last week, the Business Standard newspaper had reported that ONGC was in talks with the Indian unit of BG Group and Italian oil major ENI to sell up to a 30% stake in an east coast block.

In February, BP agreed to buy a 30% stake in 23 oil and gas blocks owned by Reliance Industries, India's most valuable listed conglomerate, for USD 7.2 billion.
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Rupee to start up on dollars broad drop, shares key

Tue, 21 Jun 2011 05:29:00 +0000

(image) The rupee is expected to open stronger on Tuesday tracking the dollar's losses overseas, but the domestic sharemarket performance would be key for direction.

The index of the dollar against six major currencies was down 0.2% at 74.897 points at 0250 GMT, and below 75.379 when the local forex market closed on Monday.

The euro extended gains in early Asian trade after remarks by the head of the eurozone bailout fund that the facility's guarantees will be raised triggered short-covering, though its advance could stall ahead of a confidence vote on the government in the Greek parliament.

Almost all Asian currencies were stronger versus the dollar.

Traders expect the rupee to open around 44.95 to the dollar and move in a 44.90 to 45.10 band, with a possibility of slipping to 45.25 if shares remain weak through the day.

The rupee had ended at 45.00/01 on Monday, after falling to 45.06 - a level last seen on May 31, and 0.3% weaker than Friday's close of 44.86/87.

The MSCI index of Asian stocks ex-Japan was up 0.4%, while the Nifty futures traded in Singapore were down 0.1%, suggesting a flat to slightly lower start to the local market.

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Pledged shares sell off: More pain in the offing?

Mon, 20 Jun 2011 10:41:00 +0000

Santosh Nair Moneycontrol.comWhat will drive the final round of bull capitulation for the stock market to bottom out? Panic selling by foreign institutional investors seems to be most logical answer. After all, they have been the biggest buyers of Indian shares in the last couple of years. Anecdotal evidence as well as shareholding data over the past many quarters point that very little domestic money—retail and institutional—has gone into equities during this period.But some of the veteran players of the industry have a different take; they feel it could be the margin call-triggered liquidation of shares pledged by promoters that could mark the final sell-off.Don't be fooled the numbers disclosed by companies to stock exchanges. An overwhelming majority of promoters hold shares in benami accounts, that don’t show up in disclosures of shareholding pattern to stock exchanges. Brokers and fund managers say this number could be anywhere between 3-10%.With share prices steadily on the decline for some months now, promoters are faced with a difficult choice between either repaying a part of those loans-against-shares, or depositing additional shares as margin. If they fail to do either, the lender will dump the shares in the open market, sending the stock price into a free-fall, which in turn could trigger further margin calls. The promoter of Orchid Chemical nearly got thrown out of his own company in 2008 after the lender liquidated the pledged shares.So, stock exchange data may show the promoters as holding a certain percentage in the company, while the actual holdings could be much higher.It is the benami accounts through which promoters buy shares of their company whenever there is a panic selling in their stock, or when they have information about some development that could drive up the stock price. It is through these accounts that large blocks of shares are offered to fund managers for a premium, or dumped in the open market in tranches.Many promoters pledge shares through unofficial accounts, to shield the stocks from attacks by bear traders. Bears target shares where a sizeable chunk of the promoters’ holdings is pledged. The strategy is weaken the stock price below a point that could then trigger margin calls.In January 2009, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) ruled that promoters should disclose details of shares pledged with lenders, to stock exchanges. The rule was prompted by sharp falls in many stocks where promoters had pledged shares with non-banking finance companies. Promoters have managed to work around the rule, by pledging their shares in the benami accounts.This is not to say that pledging of shares is always for the promoters’ personal needs. Many promoters routinely pledge shares to fund working capital requirements, or some other requirement of the company.But there are enough promoters who have been raising money to play the ‘market capitalization’ game. In fact, the stock market rally in many mid and small companies around Diwali last year had to do with promoters raising money by pledging a part of their holdings, and using that money to purchase shares through the open market in collusion with some market operator. That game is now up. There are far too many negatives at the macro level—both globally and locally—and the stock market is set for a downturn in the near term. Stock prices could fall even sharper than the benchmark indices, unless the companies manage to report spectacular earnings, which again looks difficult given rising interest costs, high raw material costs and falling consumer demand.Pledging of shares is not a bad thing, but unless they were for the right reasons, some promoters will have to be ready for a dramatic fall in their stock price. Or who knows, maybe even losing [...]



Subscription begins for Rushil Decor IPO

Mon, 20 Jun 2011 10:37:00 +0000

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Decorative laminated sheets manufacturer Rushil Decor has opened its initial public offering of 56,43,750 equity shares of face value Rs 10 each for subscription today.

It has fixed price band at Rs 63-72 for the issue, which closes on June 23. The issue includes promoter’s contribution of 2,43,750 equity shares and issue to the public of 54 lakh equity shares.

Company manufactures decorative laminated sheets with a network of branches, distributors and dealers across India. Company offers comprehensive engineered interior products including decorative laminate sheets and plain particle boards.

Issue proceeds are proposed to be used for setting up of medium density fibre board (MDF) plant at Amble Industrial Area, Chikmagalur, Karnataka; and for working capital requirement. The issue will close on June 23.

Corporate Strategic Allianz Limited is the book running lead manager and Indbank Merchant Banking Services Ltd is the co-book running lead manager to the issue.

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Sensex sheds over 300 pts; all sectoral indices in red

Mon, 20 Jun 2011 10:24:00 +0000

The benchmark Nifty was consistently trading below the 5300 level after the news that Mauritius government agreed to restart talks of revising the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) treaty with India.Finance Secretary said Mauritius gave in-principle nod to mull treaty review. He said they would discuss Mauritius tax treaty in July-August.He also said, "We await Mauritius confirmation on tax treaty review date. We need framework before levying tax on Mauritius investment." "We can't arbitrarily tax investment routed from Mauritius," he added.Stocks with investments from Mauritius as well as companies, which pledged shares, came in under pressure as more than 40% of India's total foreign direct investments (FDIs) come from Mauritius. GTL crashed 61% and GTL plummeted 41% despite clarification from company.KS Oils tumbled 18%. Delta Corp, Alok Industries, HDIL, Lanco Infratech, IVRCL and Punj Lloyd fell 6-8%.The 30-share BSE Sensex was trading at 17,523, down 348 points and the 50-share NSE Nifty slipped 107 points to 5,259. About nine shares declined for every one share advancing.All sectoral indices were in the red. BSE Oil & Gas, Realty, IT, Power, Auto, Metal, Healthcare and TECk indices dropped 2-4%.Heavyweights Reliance Industries, ONGC, TCS, NTPC, ITC, Infosys, HDFC Bank and Wipro were down 2-3.5%. Tata Motors and Cairn India fell 4%.Reliance Communications was down 8% and Reliance Infrastructure down 7%. Reliance Capital and Reliance Power were down 4-4.5%.The sell-off in global markets too added some more pressure on our markets. European markets like France's CAC, Germany's DAX and Britain's FTSE were down 1% each. US index futures namely Dow Jones and Nasdaq lost 0.5% each.[...]



VMS Industries debuts with 10% premium

Tue, 14 Jun 2011 05:39:00 +0000

Shares of VMS Industries started the trade at Rs 43.95, up 10% as compared to issue price of Rs 40 a share despite lower subscription during the issue opened.

At 9:37 hours IST, the stock was trading at Rs 46.20, with volume of nearly 30 lakh equity shares on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

VMS Industries is engaged in ship recycling activities, off-shore support business activities. It raised Rs 25.75 crore through the issue.

Issue proceeds are proposed to be used for modernization of ship recycling plot, setting up of corporate office at Ahmedabad and for long-term working capital requirement.

Issue was opened for subscription during May 30-June 2 and was subscribed more than 1.4 times. Reserved portion of retail and non-institutional investors was subscribed 3.67 times and 1.24 times, respectively. However, qualified institutional buyers had not shown any interest in the issue.

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YC Deveshwar re-appointed Chairman of ITC

Tue, 14 Jun 2011 05:32:00 +0000

The shares of ITC are trading at 192, up by Rs. 1 or 0.76% over the previous close.

Yogesh Chander Deveshwar has been reappointed as ITCchairman for another five years, according to reports.


A resolution to this effect will be placed beforeshareholders for approval at the company’s forthcoming annual general meeting,reports stated.

The shares of ITC are trading at 192, up by Rs. 1 or 0.76% over the previous close. It touched the day's high and low at Rs. 192 and 191, respectively.

Even though ITC does not have a retirement age, Deveshwar’sextension has been the subject of discussion since his five-year term was closeto ending, added reports.
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India HDFC falls after 16.5 mln shares change hands

Tue, 14 Jun 2011 05:29:00 +0000

Shares in India's top mortgage lender, Housing Development Finance Corp , fell as much as 1.8 percent in early deals on Tuesday after 16.5 million shares, or 1.12 percent of equity, changed hands at 643 rupees each on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

Identity of the buyers and sellers were not immediately known.

At 9:25 a.m. (0355 GMT), shares in HDFC were down 0.6 percent at 653 rupees after falling as low as 645.50 in firm Mumbai market .

On Monday, two sources with knowledge of the matter had said Citigroup had decided to reduce its stake in HDFC to about 10 percent from 11.4 percent via stock market deals. (Reporting by Manoj Dharra and Devidutta Tripathy; Editing by Ranjit Gangadharan)(image)



BSE Sensex rises 0.3%; May inflation data in focus

Tue, 14 Jun 2011 05:14:00 +0000

The BSE Sensex rose 0.3% in early trade on Tuesday, with banks leading the rise, taking cues from strong Asian markets.At 9:17 a.m. (0347 GMT), the 30-share BSE index was up 0.32% at 18,324.92 points, with 26 components advancing. The 50-share NSE index was up 0.4% at 5,502.75.Financials such as State Bank of India, ICICI Bank and HDFC Bankwill be in focus as the data would provide cues on the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) rate decision on Thursday.The wholesale price index is expected to have risen 8.70% in May from a year earlier, up slightly from the previous month, thanks to rising food and fuel prices, a Reuters poll showed.Economists expect the RBI to continue with its hawkish view as it attempts to control rising inflation.Top mortgage lender Housing Development Finance Corp will be on the radar after sources said Citigroup has decided to reduce its stake in the firm to about 10% from 11.4% via stock market deals.The MSCI's measure of Asian markets other than Japan was up 0.9% by 0304 GMT, while Japan's Nikkei rose 0.2%.The Nifty India stock futures in Singapore were up 0.1%.On Monday, the 30-share BSE index closed barely changed at 18,266.03 points.STOCKS TO WATCH* Tata Communications after the telecoms firm said it had increased its effective holding in South Africa's second-biggest fixed-line phone operator Neotel to 61.5% from 49%.* Oricon Enterprises Ltd after the firm said it had alloted 2.2 million shares to Clearwater Capital.Moneycontrol.com[...]



Market continues downtrend momentum: Ashwani Gujral

Fri, 03 Jun 2011 10:28:00 +0000

Ashwani Gujral, Chief Market Strategist, ashwanigujral.com, in a chat with ET Now, gives his views on market outlook.

Not holding to that 5550 mark ahead of the weekend?

Today's fall is a bit worse than yesterday's fall because today we retested 5600 and then came back down fairly sharply. Key stocks are breaking down, something like a Tata Motors is breaking down below 1050. Banking, metals, auto are unable to give leadership. You have an odd Hindustan Lever, ITC, which are trying to pull it up and Reliance, which was doing its bit has now again slipped below 950, so the market does not look as strong as it was looking say three days back and long positions clearly should be protected. As a disclosure, we have taken short positions around 5540. Now for the day, you can sell into Axis Bank with a stop of about 1280, a target of 1200. The bank index has turned and is doing much worse than the Nifty . Hindalco, we can sell with a stop of about 195, a target of 180 and maybe buy something like an Exide Industries with a stop of about 159, a target of 170.(image)



Reliance to partner world leaders for new businesses, says Mukesh Ambani

Fri, 03 Jun 2011 10:23:00 +0000

(image) Bullish on adding further financial muscle to energy-to-retail conglomerate led by him, Mukesh Ambani on Friday said Reliance Industries will partner world leaders for entering new businesses in the country.

Although he was silent on specific details for the future course of action of RIL's entry into financial services and telecom businesses, Ambani said that a partnership-led transformation would be one of the top agenda going forward.

"... transformation is at the top of the Reliance agenda for a renewed organisation that will deliver continuous growth," Ambani said.

Addressing shareholders at the company's 37th AGM here, Ambani listed among the top agenda "a partnership transformation that will enable Reliance to partner with world leaders to enter new business domains in India". He also promised "a business transformation that will fundamentally strengthen the constitution and character of the organisation".

Ambani said Reliance was endowed with a strong balance sheet and it was reinforcing its constitution with the business transformation initiative. "Reliance is forging new partnerships to pursue new growth opportunities," he said, while adding that the group was determined to improve its ranking among global businesses.

Ambani went on to talk about a talent transformation to help it attract best talent in the country and abroad, an innovation-led technology transformation to explore new businesses and a market-transformation to help Reliance explore new consumer markets.

The RIL Chairman and MD said Reliance has transformed many sectors and redefined the way industries operate and has always been able to foresee changes in business trends.

Ambani said the focused efforts would be undertaken to transform Reliance into a "renewed and refreshed organisation prepared for opportunities and challenges of a 21st century world". He said the year 2010 presented the company with opportunities in market growth and for investments across each of its businesses.

At the same time, RIL also had to confront challenges arising out of high commodity and input prices and inflationary trends, he added.

Still, RIL added significantly to its financial strength and its enterprise value has grown to over USD 75 billion, Ambani said.(image)



Buy Axis Bank, says VK Sharma

Fri, 27 May 2011 04:51:00 +0000

Buy Axis Bank, says VK Sharma of HDFC Securities.

Sharma told CNBC-TV18, "I think the weakest in the banking sector seems to be State Bank of India where fundamentally we would expect one more quarter of the Chairman picking up the broom and cleaning some more act. So from that perspective there is more to follow fundamentally.”

He further added, “If you look at the position from derivative perspective this is the only stock in which we have seen 78% open interest addition and this is still in the new settlement, it continues to be the largest company having the open interest at 1,593 crore, more than Reliance. So from this perspective there is lot of shorts that are still in the system and it needs to come out. So this is one sector, this is one company which could lead the sector down although you have seen buying coming in the likes of Axis Bank but although we have a buy call for a trader, one can buy Axis, one can buy 1,200 calls at Rs 40 and hope to sell at Rs 60.”

“But this is a function of where open interests are added on the last day. So we are not very sure, we don’t take what movement that happen on last day as sacrosanct so that will be suspect. So keep a stop loss of around Rs 30 in this.”

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Rupee seen up as Asian peers, shares rise

Fri, 27 May 2011 04:47:00 +0000

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The rupee is expected to open stronger on Friday buoyed by gains in other regional currencies and shares, while the dollar's losses versus the euro is also seen helping sentiment.

The euro rose after a drop in US Treasury yields dented the dollar, and gave the single currency some respite from a recent sell-off on worries over the possibility of debt restructuring by Greece.

The index of the dollar against six major currencies was down 0.26% at 75.356 points at 0237 GMT, compared to 75.577 points when the rupee market closed on Thursday.

The MSCI index of Asian stocks ex-Japan was up 0.73% and the Nifty India stock futures traded in Singapore were up 0.7%, suggesting a firm start to the domestic sharemarket.

The partially convertible rupee ended 0.1% stronger on Wednesday at 45.30/31 per dollar.

Traders expect the rupee to open around 45.20 and move in a 45.15 to 45.35 band.

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SEBI halts listing of Vaswani Industries shares

Fri, 27 May 2011 04:23:00 +0000

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has halted the listing of securities of Vaswani Industries , whose initial public offering of shares had closed on May 3, saying subscriptions in the qualified institutional and high networth categories was artificially inflated."Certain applications were submitted to artificially inflate the subscriptions in QIB and HNI category to attract and mislead the investors," the stock markets regulator said in a statement."Post the closure of the issue, the same applications are being withdrawn by way of stop payment, stop allotment, cheque return, wrong cheque dates, etc," it said.Alleging that this was a "pre-planned move" amongst the promoters, lead managers and other operators, SEBI said the listing of securities of Vaswani should be stopped till an investigation of the withdrawal of applications is completed.SEBI said a detailed investigation shall be initiated and completed within 30 days from the date of the order.Investors should be given an exit option so that securities allotted to them during the IPO can be withdrawn, before permitting the listing, the regulator added.Vaswani Industries had fixed a price band of of Rs 45 to Rs 49 per share for its initial public offering of 10 million shares. It had appointed Ashika Capital Limited as the book running lead manager to the issue.[...]



Sensex, Nifty trading below 200-DMA; Indian market in bear phase

Fri, 27 May 2011 04:16:00 +0000

A key technical stock market indicator is signaling a protracted gloom for Indian equities, reviving memories of a similar downtrend two years ago. Benchmark share indices Sensex and Nifty as well as broader indices such as the BSE-200 are trading below their 200-day moving average, or 200-DMA, an indication that Indian markets are in bear territory.A decline below 200-DMA means that new buyers of indices or stocks are not willing to pay more than the average price of the previous 200 days. While Sensex and Nifty are about 6% below their 200-DMA, more than 75% stocks on the BSE-200 are below the mark, a technical sign of pessimism.The downswing in equities market is also evident in Asian peers such as China's Shanghai Composite and Singapore's Straits Times that are trading below this mark, analysts said. The classic definition of a bear market is when key indices fall 20% below their peaks, though the 200-DMA gauge is also widely used."We are clearly in a bear market at the moment," said Alex Mathews, head-research, Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services . "Charts are pointing to a downtrend and a reversal looks difficult unless there are positive cues," he said.The Indian markets last experienced a similar trend in March 2009 when shares were reeling under the impact of a global financial meltdown, and almost 78% stocks on the BSE-200 were below 200-DMA, Enam Securities said in a report. The difference between the two periods is that the Sensex is at about 18,000 now, almost 12% below peak, while it was nearing 8,000 in early March 2009.Liquidity Remains Global ConcernForeign funds have dumped Indian shares, pulling down the markets in recent weeks as stubborn price pressures and the central bank's aggressive monetary tightening threaten to hurt growth and dent corporate profits. Overseas investors have net sold Indian stocks worth Rs 8,200 crore so far in May, dragging down benchmark indices 5%. They have pulled out almost Rs 3,500 crore on a net basis so far this year, after investing about Rs 1.33 lakh crore in 2010.Liquidity remains a concern globally and investors will closely watch the foreign flow trend post-June, when the Federal Reserve's bond purchase, or the second round of quantitative easing, comes to an end, analysts said. Overseas markets have been jittery over the closing of the bond buyback that pumped billions of dollars into global stocks and commodities in the last couple of years. Though there is consensus in the market that the undertone may remain weak, any sharp decline from current levels may take investors and traders by surprise, analysts said."Monthly and quarterly charts are showing bearish trends. While there may be a brief upmove to about 5,550 levels over the next couple of weeks, the trend over the next two months shows the Nifty is likely to fall 15% to around 4,500 levels," said Sandeep Wagle, managing director, Aptart Technical Advisors. [...]



Nifty seen higher; Tech Mahindra, Tata Motors watched

Fri, 27 May 2011 04:13:00 +0000

The 50-share Nifty index is seen opening higher on Friday while Asian markets drifted in red after euro slipped to a record low against Swiss Franc and a slight pull back in commodity prices weighed on the markets. US economic data on Thursday showed the economy grew at an annual 1.8 percent rate in the first three months of the year, weaker than most forecasts. The weak economic data weighed on commodity markets, particularly oil, which dropped more than 1 percent overnight, but showed some signs of stability on Friday, according to a report. Increasing concerns of high inflation, rising borrowing costs along with Europe debt crisis will keep investors on the edge. Also, surging inflations fanned concerns of further tightening by the Reserve Bank of India. Food inflation rose to a four-week high of 8.55% for the week ended May 14 as prices of cereals, vegetables and milk rose during the week. Food inflation was up a sharp 1.08 percentage points during the week from 7.47% in the previous week, official data showed. Markets ended the May F&O series with intense last minute tussle between options buyers and sellers while the Nifty managed to close above 5400 should give some heart to the bulls. "There is a fair chance that markets will see a sharp pullback back to 5500 levels on the Nifty in the next few trading sessions", says Kunal Saraogi, CEO, Equityrush. Traders must initiate long positions on select stocks with tight stop losses. Automobiles and pharma companies look best positioned on the charts and may lead the recovery, he adds. According to a report, benchmark share indices - Sensex and Nifty as well as broader indices such as BSE-200 are trading below their 200-day moving averages indicating markets are in a bearish phase. The benchmark index is still down 1.5 per cent on the week and nearly 6 per cent down for the month of May but losing interest of FII in Indian markets which pulled out nearly $1.7 billion this month remains key concerns for investors. The benchmark index slipped more than 12 per cent in 2011. At 07:50 A.M, the Nifty India stock futures in Singapore trading 63 points higher. Shares in Tata Motors will be in focus after the largest truck and bus maker posted its highest-ever quarterly consolidated profits for the March 2011 quarter in line with the Street's expectations. Profits were mainly driven by higher sales at home and at its Jaguar and Land Rover unit, but warned of competition and high commodity prices Shares in State Bank of India will be in focus after the biggest lender said it will submit the revised proposal to the government for Rs 20,000 crore right issue next month. Other important results to watch out in today are - Bank of Baroda , HDIL, NHPC, Reliance Infra and Reliance Power . Stocks to watch: HPCL after the state-run refiner posted 48 per cent jump in quarterly profits from a year earlier. The company has also revived plans to build in a consortium a $10 billion refinery-cum-petrochemical project in Vizag city. BGR Energy after the power project firm said it expects its sales to grow by 15 per cent in FY12 and expect good order flow. Zee TV after the company it has joined hands with Murdoch's News Corp, Star India to distribute their television channels in the domestic market. According to sources, Coal India is in talks to buy up to 40 per cent stake in Indonesia's Golden Energy Mines. The shares of the company are expected to move higher in trade toda[...]



Sensex to touch 24000 sometime during the year: Raamdeo Agrawal

Wed, 25 May 2011 09:55:00 +0000

In an interview with ET Now, Raamdeo Agrawal , Jt. MD, Motilal Oswal Financial Services , talks about contra investing and his contra calls. Define contra investing for us.The stock which does not deserve popular opinion is what is called contrarian kind of view. You make money when you buy a stock which is absolutely unpopular, because most of the money is made in this kind of stock when the perception changes. Perception is the driver of PE. If the perception of the stock is negative and from there it changes to positive to a PE multiple of 10 to 100, it makes you a lot of money.Has contra investing worked for you?I am not a contra investing type. However, in one or two situations, I bought in the past and was very successful in those ideas. I had bought Calcutta Electric 5-6 years back at about Rs 13. The whole company was available at about Rs 90 crores. There were factors like monopoly into Calcutta, employing transmission and profitability and they were highly leveraged and the interest rates fell from 13-14% to around 6-7%. We did a ratio called interest cost to the market cap and it turned out that interest was 3 times or 4 times more than the total market cap and hence the impact of the interest rate decline would have been most on Calcutta Electric. People around me from Calcutta told me that it looked worse than BMC office and I couldn't even stand there. They told me not to look at it and that was the reason it was at Rs 13.What prompted you to buy that stock?I had a very bullish view on change in the value of a stock once the interest rates declined and we saw major decline in the interest rates. I wanted to buy something which was getting hurt due to the high interest rate scenario at that point of time and would be significant beneficiary. Calculated business was very stable and it had a good reputation in Calcutta under RPG management but yet the net profit after tax was low because it was heavily leveraged and West Bengal Government was disputing about what costs were allowed to be passed on. As the interest rate came down, the profits that were marginal or negative shot up by 4-5-6 times because all the interest became benefits to the company. The stock flew from Rs 13-14 to around Rs 150 in 2 years time and then I sold it at about Rs 120. The stock further went up to Rs 400-500. [...]