Bond Yields Drop: 10-year bond yield at 8.80% vs 8.85% on Sept 23.— Bloomberg TV India (@BloombergTVInd) September 24, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Most of the taxpayers know only about the type of deductions and the limit of deduction under Section 80Cbut there are few more deductions which taxpayer can claim to lower the amount of tax payable. Listed below is a comprehensive picture of tax deductions and exemptions that you are entitled to in various financial products.
|80CCG||Resident individual (Not for NRI)||New investors who invests under equity scheme if gross total income does not exceed Rs. 10 lakh||50% of amount invested in equity shares, restricted to Rs. 25,000|
|80D||Individual /HUF||Medical insurance premium paid for self, spouse or dependent children||Maximum Rs.15,000 and Rs.20,000 in case of senior citizen|
|80DD||Resident individual / resident HUF||For maintenance including treatment or insurance the lives of physical disable dependent relatives||Rs 50,000 flat andRs. 1 lakh in case of severe disability|
|80DDB||Resident individual / resident HUF||Medical treatment expenses for himself or dependent or a member of HUF (in case of HUF assessee)||Actual expense orRs. 40,000 (Rs. 60,000 in case of senior citizen)|
|80E||Individual||For interest payment on loan taken for Higher studies for self or education of spouse or children||Entire amount of interest (not principal) is deductible for maximum of 8 years|
|80G||All assessees||Donations to charitable institution||100% or 50% of amount of donation made. (ReferIncome Tax Site for Detailed Info)|
|80GG||Individual (who does not get HRA)||For rent paid||Least of the following:|
1). Rs. 2000 per month
2). 25% of total income
3). Rent paid less 10% of total income
|80GGC||All assessee other than Indian companies||Contribution give to political parties||Sum contributed to political parties|
|80TTA||Individual/HUF||Interest in savings account (Not time deposits or fixed deposits)||Maximum is Rs.10,000|
|80U||Individual/HUF||Only for taxpayer and not for any other i.e. spouse, children etc||Rs. 50,000 which goes to Rs. 1 lakh in case taxpayer is suffering from severe disability|
Hence, there are several sections apart from 80C that can help an individual benefit from tax exemptions. It is time to start looking beyond 80C for tax savings.
The writer is the CEO of IndianTaxUpdates.com.
Don’t put off today what you can’t afford to do tomorrow. In spite of the worldwide pension crisis and a growing acceptance that we must plan and save for our retirement, the harsh reality is we are actually not saving enough. Research reports reveal that only 15% of the individuals are saving sufficiently for their retired life. Here are a few tips on things to do before you retire so that your retired life is more comfortable and enjoyable.
Get rid of all your debts
If you are taking a housing loan, personal loan, car loan or any other loan make sure that you will be repaying them on or before your retirement. You need to choose the term of the loan in accordance with your retirement age. You can enjoy your retired life when you have 100% financial freedom, not when you have to repay your loans.
Protect your emergency fund
Emergency expenses can happen any time. But the possibility goes up during the old age. So we need to enhance the emergency reserve year on year based on the inflation and change in your expense levels. Emergency fund will give you a sense of security and also you need not touch your other investments during emergency where you need to pay pre-closure penalty. Also don’t forget to refill the emergency fund once you met an expense out of emergency fund.
Establish a retirement budget
You need to visualise your retired life well in advance and need to create a budget for your retirement. That is you will not be going to office. So the expenses on transport and clothes may come down. Also you will have more time to spend. You may need to spend more on leisure travel and health care.
Examine your cash flow
Take a close look at your cash inflow as well as outflow. Is there going to be any income after retirement? Like rent, royalty… Would there be any unwanted outflow during retired life? Like paying life insurance or SIP (systematic investment plan). At times during your beginning of the career you could have taken a policy where you need to pay premium up to the age of 60. But now you may plan to retire at 55 itself. So you need to realign your existing policy and other investments in sync with your retirement age.
Grow your retirement corpus
Find out how much corpus you need to have when you retire so that you will be having complete financial freedom. A professional financial planner will of great assistance to you in this regard.
Develop a withdrawal strategy
How are you planning to withdraw your cash outflow during retirement from the retirement corpus? Monthly, quarterly, half yearly or annually? Through systematic withdrawal plan (SWP) in mutual funds or by way of dividend or interest. All these will have a great impact on the corpus you need to accumulate. So you need to decide in advance.
Your retirement corpus and retirement income need to be tax efficient. You need to pay taxes for the interest accrued irrespective of that you withdraw the interest or reinvest under a cumulative option. But you need to pay income tax only when you withdraw from the mutual funds. Careful selection of investment vehicle can reduce your tax during the retired life.
Get sufficient mediclaim coverage
The moment you retire, your employer will stop covering you under the group mediclaim. So you need to plan for your individual medical cover well in advance. At old age the medical expenses are inevitable. If you have not planned it properly the all your retirement plan will become a mess.
Consider inflation adjusted annuities
The monthly income you need when you retire is not going to be the same even after five years of your retirement. Inflation will increase your retirement expenses year after year. So year after year your retirement income needs to go up.
Oversee estate planning
How your fixed assets and financial assets need to be distributed to your legal heirs? Create a Will. You can avoid creating relationship problems to your next generation because of your left out wealth.
The writer is the chief financial planner at Holistic Investment Planners
We have written many articles providing details about dematerialisation of securities, advantages of holding shares in demat or electronic form and how to manage your investment in demat mode.
The below write-up will elaborate more on how to open a demat account, importance of nomination, how to convert your physical shares into demat and other facilities offered by a demat account.
Opening a demat account
Step 1: To open a demat account, you have to approach a depository participant (DP), an agent of depository, and fill up an account opening form. The list of DPs is available in the websites of depositories: CDSL (Central Depository Services (India) Ltd and NSDL (National Securities Depository Ltd).
Step 2: Along with the account opening form, you must enclose photocopies of some documents for proof of identity and proof of address.
Step 3: You will have to sign an agreement with DP in the depository prescribed standard format, which gives details of rights and duties of investor and DP. You are entitled to receive a copy of the agreement and schedule of charges for future reference.
Step 4: The DP will then open an account and give you the demat account number. This is also called beneficial owner identification number (BO ID). All your purchases / investments in securities will be credited to this account. If you sell your securities, your demat account will be debited.
You can have multiple demat accounts if you so wish. You can choose your DP as per your convenience and there is no compulsion to open DP account with your stock broker.
Points to remember
Update your bank account details (bank account number, IFSC code) and postal address etc of your demat account as and when there is a change, as you will receive direct credit of refunds, dividends, interest & redemption payment and corporate correspondences like annual reports notice of AGMs etc. as per the details mentioned in your demat account.
Demat account charges
Investors are required to pay the charges towards:
Dematerialisation and rematerialisation of your securities
Annual account maintenance
Transactions fees (only for sell transactions)
The charges of DPs are available in comparable structure on the websites of the depositories.
Things to note
The DP may revise the charges by giving 30 days notice in advance.
If demat account is closed in between of the year, annual maintenance charges shall be levied proportionately for each quarter.
There is no minimum number of shares that have to be kept in the demat account.
No charge is applicable for closure of DP account.
No charge for transfer of holdings from one DP to another DP, if investor is not satisfied with the services of your existing DP.
Nomination smoothens the process of transmission of your securities to your heirs, upon demise. For physical shares, you have to avail nomination separately for each company in which you hold shares / debentures. Whereas, by availing nomination for your demat account, all your investments in that account is covered under that nomination.
How to demat your shares?
To demat your physical certificates, you should approach the DP and submit the following documents:
Dematerialization Request Form (DRF)
Physical certificates by marking “Surrendered for Dematerialization”
Separate DRF has to be filled for each ISIN.
Process of dematerialisation:
Surrender your physical certificates to your DP for dematerialisation.
The DP intimates your request to the depository through the system.
The DP submits the certificates to the registrar and share transfer agent (RSTA) of the company.
In case of any objection or in case of additional documents (if any), the RSTA informs you directly. RSTA confirms the dematerialisation request from depository.
After dematerialising the certificates, RSTA updates the accounts and informs depository regarding completion of dematerialisation.
Depository updates its accounts and informs the DP.
The DP then updates your demat account by crediting the shares.
Before approaching your DP for demating your shares, you can check the list of shares and debentures that can be dematerialised from the websites of CDSL and NSDL.
To convert physical certificates into demat mode, the name in the share certificate should match with the name of the demat account holder.
In case of joint holding, the name should be in the same order both in the physical certificate as well as in the demat account. However, you can request to change the order of the names of the joint holders in the share certificate by submitting a Transposition cum Demat Form.
Example: You may have a demat account in the sequence of, ‘A’ & ‘B’, whereas the share certificate may be in the sequence of ‘B’ & ‘A’. In this case, you can lodge the security certificates for dematerialisation in the same account by filling Transposition cum Demat Form to effect change in the order of names and to dematerialise the securities as well.
Depository websites have a list of shares in demat form. Investor cannot demat the shares of vanishing companies or shares of the companies which are not in list of depositories.
What is ISIN number?
ISIN (International Securities Identification Number) is a unique 12 digit alpha-numeric identification number allotted to each security. (E.g.- INE383C01018). Fully paid-up equity shares, partly paid-up shares, equity with differential voting / dividend rights issued by the same issuer will have different ISINs.
How to find ISIN number?
The details of ISIN number of securities are available in the website of National Securities Depository Ltd and Central Depository Services (India) Ltd.
Power of attorney (PoA)
You have the option to authorise any person to operate your DP account by executing a power of attorney (PoA) and submitting it to the DP. PoA enables the authorised person to operate the account on your behalf.
You have the option to grant PoA in favour of your broker and / or DP to operate your account, i.e. to buy or sell shares on your behalf, debit or credit your bank account and DP account. However, you are required to carefully read and understand all the clauses of the PoA before signing it.
PoA is an optional facility and executing it is not mandatory. No stock broker or DP can deny services to you if you refuse to execute it. You can revoke PoA at any time.
Other features of demat account
Consolidation: If you hold various folios of a particular company and want to consolidate them into single folio, you can forward the physical certificates along with the letter signed by you to the RSTA of the company.
Account freezing: You can freeze your account, specific security or specific number of securities for any given period of time.
Account types: Similar to the bank account, you can open demat account in single / joint names / multiple accounts. If you are opening an account for the minor, guardian should be appointed for operating the account.
However, you cannot open demat account in “either or survivor” basis. You cannot change name or add or delete the account holder’s names. In such instances, you have to open new demat account with the desired names.
Source: Securities and Exchange Board of India
Key benchmark indices dropped after Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said on Friday, 20 September 2013, that the Federal Reserve could make a small stimulus reduction at its next meeting in October 2013. Fed's bond-buying program has been a source of liquidity for most Asian and emerging markets this year. The market sentiment was also hit by the Reserve Bank of India's hawkish tone at its latest monetary policy review on Friday, 20 September 2013.
The barometer index, the 30-share S&P BSE Sensex, fell below the psychological 20,000 mark. The 50-unit CNX Nifty fell below the psychological 6,000 level. Both these indices closed at their lowest levels in almost a week. The Sensex fell 362.75 points or 1.79%, up close to 75 points from the day's low and off about 299 points from the day's high. The market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was negative.
The Sensex has fallen 745.68 points or 3.61% in two trading sessions from a recent high of 20,646.64 on Thursday, 19 September 2013. The barometer index had lost 1.85% on Friday, 20 September 2013, after the Reserve Bank of India, in a surprise decision, raised its key policy rate viz. the repo rate by 25 basis points (bps) to 7.5% from 7.25% after a monetary policy review. The Sensex has gained 1,281.24 points or 6.88% in September 2013 so far (till 23 September 2013). The Sensex has risen 474.25 points or 2.44% in calendar 2013 so far (till 23 September 2013). From a 52-week high of 20,739.69 on 19 September 2013, the Sensex has declined 838.73 points or 4.04%. From a 52-week low of 17,448.71 on 28 August 2013, the Sensex has risen 2,452.25 points or 14.05%.
Coming back to today's trade, interest rate sensitive banking and realty stocks extended Friday's losses as the Reserve Bank of India, in a surprise decision, raised its key policy rate viz. the repo rate by 25 basis points (bps) to 7.5% from 7.25% after a monetary policy review on Friday, 20 September 2013, and as the central bank retained hawkish tone at the latest monetary policy review. Most pharma stocks declined.
The market may remain volatile this week as traders roll over positions in the futures & options (F&O) segment from the near month September 2013 series to October 2013 series. The September 2013 F&O contracts expire on Thursday, 26 September 2013.
The S&P BSE Sensex lost 362.75 points or 1.79% to settle at 19,900.96, its lowest closing level since 17 September 2013. The index declined 437.41 points at the day's low of 19,826.30 in mid-afternoon trade. The index fell 63.90 points at the day's high of 20,199.81 in early trade.
The CNX Nifty lost 122.35 points or 2.04% to 5,889.75, its lowest closing level since 17 September 2013. The index hit a low of 5,871.40 in intraday trade. The index hit a high of 5,989.40 in intraday trade.
The market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was negative. On BSE, 1,314 shares fell and 1,000 shares rose. A total of 142 shares were unchanged.
The BSE Mid-Cap index lost 1.27% and the BSE Small-Cap index lost 0.58%. Both these indices outperformed the Sensex.
The total turnover on BSE amounted to Rs 1779 crore, lower than Rs 2550.88 crore on Friday, 20 September 2013.
Among sectoral indices on the BSE, the S&P BSE Bankex (down 4.41%), the S&P BSE Realty index (down 4.33%), the S&P BSE Capital Goods index (down 3.28%), the S&P BSE PSU index (down 2.56%) and the S&P BSE Power index (down 2.26%), underperformed the Sensex.
The S&P BSE Oil & Gas index (down 1.78%), the S&P BSE FMCG index (down 1.26%), the S&P BSE Auto index (down 1.16%), the S&P BSE Healthcare index (down 0.74%), the S&P BSE Metal index (down 0.01%), the S&P BSE Teck index (up 0.43%), the S&P BSE IT index (up 0.91%) and the S&P BSE Consumer Durables index (up 2.36%), outperformed the Sensex.
Among the 30-share Sensex pack, 22 stocks fell and rest of them rose.
Bank stocks extended Friday's losses as the Reserve Bank of India, in a surprise decision, raised its key policy rate viz. the repo rate by 25 basis points (bps) to 7.5% from 7.25% after a monetary policy review on Friday, 20 September 2013, and as the central bank retained hawkish tone at the latest monetary policy review.
PSU banking major State Bank of India dropped 5.39% to Rs 1652.45, with the stock extending intraday losses. The state-run bank on 18 September 2013 said it has raised the base rate by 10 basis points (bps) to 9.8% per annum (pa) from 9.7% and the benchmark prime lending rate by 10 bps to 14.55% from 14.45% with effect from 19 September 2013. The bank also raised interest rates for retail term deposits.
Among other PSU bank stocks, Union Bank of India (down 9.51%), Bank of Baroda (down 6.95%), Oriental Bank of Commerce (down 6.87%), Bank of India (down 6.82%), Punjab National Bank (down 6.24%), UCO Bank (down 5.29%), Allahabad Bank (down 4.83%), Central Bank of India (down 4.33%) and Dena Bank (down 4.21%), edged lower.
Among private bank stocks, Yes Bank (down 8.15%), ICICI Bank (down 4.39%), IDBI Bank (down 3.94%), Kotak Mahindra Bank (down 3.83%) and Federal Bank (down 3.22%), edged lower.
HDFC Bank declined 2.55% to Rs 642.25, off the day's low of Rs 633.
Dr. Raghuram G. Rajan, Governor, Reserve Bank of India, said in a statement on Friday, 20 September 2013, that the calibrated withdrawal of the exceptional measures that the RBI had taken since mid-July to tighten liquidity with a view to dampening volatility in the foreign exchange market will provide a boost to growth, reduce the financing distortions that are emerging in the market and reduce the strain on corporate and bank balance sheets. In an attempt to tame high inflation, which is partly fueled by the currency's recent slump against the dollar, the RBI raised its policy rate viz. the repo rate after a monetary policy review on Friday, 20 September 2013. The central bank, however, eased some of the liquidity-tightening measures it had taken to prop up the rupee. The RBI reduced the rate at which it lends funds to banks through its marginal standing facility, by three quarters of a percentage point, to 9.5%. The marginal standing facility is an emergency funding facility for banks. On net, the RBI's latest measures will reduce the cost of bank financing substantially while allowing the RBI to take an appropriately precautionary stance on inflation, Dr. Rajan said on Friday, 20 September 2013.
The minimum daily maintenance of the CRR prescribed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has been brought down from 99% of the requirement to 95% from the fortnight beginning 21 September 2013. The timing and direction of further actions on exceptional measures will be contingent upon exchange market stability, and can be two-way, the RBI said after a monetary policy review. However, any further change in the minimum daily maintenance of the CRR is not contemplated, the RBI said. The RBI kept the cash reserve ratio (CRR) unchanged at 4%.
"Over the next few weeks, together with the government, we will take a close look at corporate distress and bank NPAs to see how we can accelerate the process of resolution", Dr. Rajan said. The RBI Governor said that the RBI has implemented the full liberalization of bank branching, with some safeguards to encourage inclusion.
Indian Overseas Bank fell 2.74% to Rs 46.20 after the bank's board approved raising capital by way of issue of equity shares to the Government of India. The announcement was made after market hours on Friday, 20 September 2013. Indian Overseas Bank's (IOB) board of directors at a meeting held on Friday, 20 September 2013, approved raising capital by way of issue of equity share of Rs 10 each at a price determined under Sebi (ICDR) Regulations of 2009 to the Government of India (GoI) to the extent of capital infusion by GoI under preferential allotment. The board has also accorded its approval to the bank to issue equity shares of Rs 10 each to Qualified Institutional Buyers (QIBs) by way of private placement for the shortfall in Tier I capital requirements of Rs 2100 crore assessed by the bank and the capital infusion by GoI. The exact amount of government support for infusion of capital and the quantum and size of issue for QIP will be known in due course, IOB said.
Interest rate sensitive realty stocks extended Friday's losses triggered by the Reserve Bank of India, in a surprise decision, raising its key policy rate viz. the repo rate by 25 basis points (bps) to 7.5% from 7.25% after a monetary policy review on Friday, 20 September 2013, and as the central bank retained hawkish tone at the latest monetary policy review. Purchases of both residential and commercial property are largely driven by finance.
DLF (down 6.46%), Indiabulls Real Estate (down 5.7%), HDIL (down 5%), Prestige Estates Projects (down 4.68%), Unitech (down 4.64%), Godrej Properties (down 3%), Peninsula Land (down 2.72%), Phoenix Mills (down 2.49%), Sunteck Realty (down 1.5%), Oberoi Realty (down 1.17%), D B Realty (down 0.97%), Sobha Developers (down 0.77%) and Parsvnath Developers (down 0.38%), edged lower.
Most pharma stocks declined. GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals (down 2.25%), Biocon (down 2.12%), Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (down 1.38%), Wockhardt (down 1.2%), IPCA Laboratories (down 0.94%), Cipla (down 0.83%), Cadila Healthcare (down 0.26%), Aurobindo Pharma (down 0.13%) and Divi's Laboratories (down 0.01%), edged lower.
Lupin declined 1.56% to Rs 854.10. A block deal of 3.21 lakh shares was executed in the counter on BSE at Rs 860.50 per share at 11:42 IST. Lupin announced after market hours today, 23 September 2013, that it has signed a strategic co-promotion agreement with US-based Onset Dermatologics, LLC (Onset) that grants Lupin exclusive rights to promote Onset's Locoid Lotion (hydrocortisone butyrate 0.1%) to Pediatricians in the US. Locoid is the most highly prescribed mid-potency steroid brand in the US. Locoid Lotion is a corticosteroid indicated for the topical treatment of mild to moderate Atopic Dermatitis in patients 3 months of age and older, Lupin said in a statement.
The addition of Locoid Lotion will enable Lupin to strengthen its US Brand business and expand its product portfolio for the US Pediatrics segment. "We are very pleased with the addition of Locoid Lotion to our brand portfolio and are committed to bring meaningful products to the US Pediatric community," said Vinita Gupta, CEO, Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Lupin. Bob Moccia, President of Onset Dermatologics said: "This partnership will give pediatricians greater opportunity to utilize Locoid lotion in their patients while Onset maintains its focus on promoting Locoid to the dermatology community. We are confident that Locoid will continue to be the most prescribed mid-potency steroid brand in the US".
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals dropped 5.78% to Rs 494.80. The company announced during market hours today, 23 September 2013, that Glenmark Generics Inc., USA, a subsidiary of Glenmark Generics, has been granted final abbreviated new drug approval (ANDA) from the USFDA for Desoximetasone Ointment USP, 0.25% their generic version of Topicort by Taro Pharmaceuticals USA Inc and shipping will commence immediately. According to IMS Health sales data for the 12 month period ended June 2013, Desoximetasone Ointment garnered annual sales of about $40 million. Desoximetasone Ointment is indicated for the relief of the inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of corticosteroid responsive dermatoses.
Dr Reddy's Laboratories rose 1.06%, with the stock reversing intraday losses.
Ranbaxy Laboratories rose 0.87% to Rs 336.35, with the stock recovering after Friday's slide triggered by the company receiving a Paragraph IV certification notice of filing from Watson Laboratories Inc. for a generic version of Absorica. Shares of Ranbaxy Laboratories had declined 4.86% to settle at Rs 333.45 on Friday, 20 September 2013, after the company after market hours on 19 September 2013, said it received a Paragraph IV certification notice of filing from Watson Laboratories Inc. for a generic version of Absorica.
Ranbaxy Laboratories Inc. (RLI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Ranbaxy Laboratories, has received a Paragraph IV Certification Notice of filing from Watson Laboratories Inc. of an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a generic version of Absorica (isotretinoin capsules), a product that is licensed from Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Cipher) of Mississauga, Ontario.
RLI and Cipher intend to vigorously defend Absorica's intellectual property rights and pursue all available legal and regulatory pathways in defense of the product, RLI said in a statement. Absorica is currently protected by two issued patents listed in the FDA's Approved Drug Products List (Orange Book), which expire in September 2021. RLI shall take appropriate actions in response to the Paragraph IV notice letter, and FDA approval of the ANDA shall then be governed by the Hatch-Waxman Act, RLI said. Absorica was approved by the FDA in May 2012, and granted a three-year market exclusivity period, which expires in May 2015.
Hotel Leelaventure rose 1.71% to Rs 14.85 after the company said its board of directors has approved preferential allotment of equity shares to Rockfort Estate Developers -- a promoter group entity.
Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) fell 1.37% to Rs 860.65. M&M announced during trading hours today, 23 September 2013, the appointment of Dr. Pawan Goenka to the board of the company as Executive Director (ED), the first ED appointment to the board since 1992. He will now be designated Executive Director and President (Automotive & Farm Equipment Sectors), with effect from today, 23 September 2013.
Shares of public sector oil marketing companies (PSU OMCs) declined as the weakness of the rupee against the dollar could raise cost of crude oil imports. HPCL (down 5.71%), BPCL (down 3.22%) and Indian Oil Corporation (down 1.67%), edged lower. PSU OMCs meet most of their crude oil requirements through imports.
Meanwhile, as per media reports that the government has turned cautious about the proposal to increase diesel prices sharply and raise them every week as top Congress leaders and the party's allies are worried about the political fallout of such a move ahead of the festive season and elections in five states.
Yes Bank clocked a highest turnover of Rs 108.44 crore on BSE. State Bank of India (Rs 85.08 crore), Tata Motors (Rs 68.59 crore), Tech Mahindra (Rs 62.40 crore) and ICICI Bank (Rs 56.16 crore), were the other turnover toppers on BSE in that order.
SMS Techsoft (India) reported highest volume of 2.25 crore shares on BSE. Reliance Power (53.07 lakh), Cals Refineries (38.95 lakh), SpiceJet (37.14 lakh) and Yes Bank (32.04 lakh), were the other volume toppers on BSE in that order.
The government has no plan to offer a special window to lend funds at lower interest rates to companies in some sectors, economic affairs secretary Arvind Mayaram said on Monday, 23 September 2013. Mayaram was reacting to media reports that the finance ministry and the central bank are considering a selective stimulus plan that involved a debt-buying programme for eligible companies.
In the foreign exchange market, the rupee dropped against the dollar. The partially convertible rupee was hovering at 62.60, weaker than its close of 62.23/24 on Friday, 20 September 2013. Rupee depreciation fuels inflation, increases import bill and current account deficit. It also increases the government's spending on fuel subsidies, potentially widening the fiscal deficit.
Mayaram today, 23 September 2013, said that the intrinsic value of the rupee is between 58 and 60 against the dollar. He said that overseas speculators were partly responsible for the sharp fall in the currency over the past few months. He also said that a fall in bulk diesel demand this fiscal year will save the government about $1 billion. Mayaram said he expected foreign direct investment (FDI) flows of about $36 billion for the fiscal year ending on 31 March 2014 if the current trend continues. Net FDI in the first quarter of this fiscal year rose to $9 billion from $5 billion in the same period a year earlier, Mayaram said last week.
Bond prices declined sharply as the government is likely to unveil its market borrowing programme via dated securities for the period from October 2013 to March 2014 today, 23 September 2013. The yield on the benchmark federal paper 7.16% GS 2023 was hovering at 8.8505%, higher than its close of 8.5777% on Friday, 20 September 2013. Bond prices and bond yields are inversely related.
European stock markets edged lower in choppy trade on Monday, 23 September 2013, after a round of mixed euro-zone purchasing managers' indices. Key benchmark indices in UK and Germany were down 0.12% to 0.31%. France's CAC 40 was flat.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party won Germany's election, but finished just short of an absolute majority. Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) bloc took about 42% of the vote. But she might yet have to seek a grand coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD) who won about 26% of the vote. Mrs Merkel's preferred liberal partners have not made it into parliament. The results showed that the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) won only 4.8%, leaving it with no national representation in parliament for the first time in Germany's post-war history. Mrs Merkel has made clear she would be prepared to work with the Social Democrats (SPD) in a grand coalition, as she did in 2005-09.
Preliminary euro-zone PMI data showed the manufacturing sector expanded less than expected in September. The composite PMI for the region, however, climbed to a 27-month high.
Asian stocks were mixed on Monday, 23 September 2013. Key benchmark indices in Indonesia, Hong Kong and Singapore were off 0.46% to 0.72%. Key benchmark indices in South Korea, China and Taiwan rose 0.19% to 1.33%. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday.
A Chinese manufacturing index rose to a six-month high in September, signaling that a rebound in the world's second-largest economy is gaining steam. The preliminary reading of 51.2 for a Purchasing Managers' Index released today by HSBC Holdings Plc and Markit Economics. The gauge was at 50.1 in August.
Trading in US index futures indicated that the Dow could gain 11 points at the opening bell on Monday, 23 September 2013. US stocks fell on Friday, 20 September 2013, after Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said that the Fed could make a small stimulus reduction at its next meeting in October. Bullard said tapering is more likely if the labor market continues to improve. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) holds a two-day policy meeting on 29-30 October 2013.
On 18 September 2013, the Fed surprised economists and investors with its decision to delay scaling back its stimulus. Kansas City Fed President Esther George on Friday, 20 September 2013, said markets were ready for reduced stimulus to begin, and the central bank's failure to follow through on expectations hurt its credibility on Wall Street.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
…Future ages will certainly look back upon us as a people so immersed in the pursuit of wealth as to be blind to higher considerations. - Alfred Russel Wallace
There’s caution and anticipation on the street as investors remains immersed in thought on what the outcome of the Federal Reserve’s policy committee meet would be. So there is very little chance of positive bets immediately today. Outside the market, Lord Ganesha brought into homes and communities will be immersed in the sea.
The outlook is a flat start with very little stock specific movements. The Fed is expected to announce that it will slow the pace of its $85 billion in monthly purchases of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities. Earlier, the Fed had indicated that it would taper its quantitative easing program sometime this year.
The RBI has tightened rules governing non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) lending against gold jewellery.
Nandan Nilekani is said to enter politics and is likely to contest the next Lok Sabha elections from South Bangalore on a Congress ticket, according to a media report.
The Fed’s record stimulus has helped fuel a $33 trillion jump in the value of global equities from a 2009 low, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed with gains. The Dow Jones rose 34.95 points or 0.23%, to 15,529.73, while S&P 500 gained 7.16 points or 0.42 percent, to 1,704.76. Nasdaq Composite added 27.853 points or 0.75%, to 3,745.699. The US Consumer Price Index rose just 0.1% in August, indicating that inflation remains tame.
India pushed import duty on gold jewellery up by half to 15 percent, the finance ministry said on Tuesday.
According to Forbes's annual list of the top 400 richest Americans released on Monday, Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the richest American for the 20th year in a row with a networth of $72 billion.Warren Buffett, the head of Berkshire Hathaway, retained his second position with networth of $58.5 billion, while Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison stayed third with networth of $41 billion.
Trends in FII flows: The FIIs were net buyers of Rs3.18bn in the cash segment on Tuesday, while the domestic institutional investors (DIIs) were net sellers of Rs5.01bn, as per the provisional figures released by the NSE.
The foreign funds were net sellers of Rs10.20bn in the cash segment on Monday, according to the SEBI figures.
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In other news in the media:
GMR Infrastructure Ltd has divested 74% stake in GMR Ulundurpet Expressways Ltd to India Infrastructure Fund for Rs2.22bn. (BL)
The Karnataka High Court has granted a week’s time to United Breweries to submit audited statement of accounts pertaining to utilisation of money received from sale of its shares to Diageo Plc. (BL)
Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd has received approval from the USFDA for Azacitidine injection. (BL)
The Supreme Court said a dispute between GAIL and Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation on the price of gas imported from Qatar be decided by arbitration. (BS)
In yet another senior-level exit from Infosys, Kartik Jayaraman, global sales head (business process outsourcing, energy, utilities and services), has quit the company. (BS)
Polaris Financial Technologies has begun exclusive talks with Japanese NEC Corp to sell its services division. (ET)
US court has ordered fresh proceedings into charges that the Satyam Computer had fraudulently induced a company, Venture Global Engineering, into a partnership. (ET)
SEBI has said that the deal between Ambuja Cements and Holcim is an “interdependent” and “not independent” transaction. SEBI has asked the bourses to ensure that its comments are brought to the notice of the high court, whose approval is a must for the merger transaction to take place. (ET)
ONGC Videsh, the overseas arm of ONGC, plans to raise its stake in oil and gas acreages in Brazil and Venezuela to counter China’s growing influence in the region. (ET)
YES Bank has raised US$257mn through a two-tranche, dual currency (US dollar and euro) multi-tenor syndicated loan facility. (BL)
NTPC has planned a capital expenditure of Rs200bn in FY14 for expansion. (BS)
Tata Capital seems to have come to some kind of a settlement over dues with two of its borrowers, ABG Shipyard and Arshiya International. (ET)
The Finance Ministry has raised the import duty on gold and silver jewellery to 15% in a move to protect the domestic industry and curb the precious metal’s imports, a main fuel for the soaring trade and current account deficits. (BL)
With fuel supply in place for 78,000 Mw of stressed power generation capacity, the power ministry has asked the coal ministry to commit fresh coal linkages for an additional 33,000 Mw coalbased capacity projected for commissioning in the 13th Five- Year Plan period beginning April 2017. (BS)
The Reserve Bank of India and the finance ministry are evaluating a ‘funding for lending’ scheme that will result in cheaper loans for sectors such as housing and automobiles. (ET)
The GSM subscriber base in the country grew marginally in August to 674.4mn with telecom operators adding 1.78mn new users in the month, as per data released by industry body COAI. (ET)
Foreign Direct Investment into India grew by 12% YoY to US$1.65bn in July, highest since April. (ET)
Trading of CNX Nifty futures on the Singapore stock exchange indicates that the Nifty could gain 5 points at the opening bell.
The government said on Tuesday that to protect the interests of small artisans, the customs duty on articles of jewellery and of goldsmiths' or silversmiths' wares and parts thereof is being increased from 10% to 15%. A notification notifying the revised rates of customs duty on articles of jewellery and of goldsmiths' or silversmiths' wares and parts thereof has been issued on Tuesday. As part of measures to contain the current account deficit, the customs duty on gold has been revised upwards periodically in the past two years. The government said jewellery making is a labour intensive industry. Millions of artisans are dependent on this sector for their livelihood. In the absence of any duty differential between articles of jewellery and primary metal, which was 8% in the case of gold jewellery and 4% in the case of silver jewellery in January 2012, there is an apprehension that Indian jewellery makers would not be able to compete with cheaper imports, particularly when majority of the imported jewellery is machine-made as compared to handmade jewellery in India.
Meanwhile, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) reportedly cracked down on offshore foreign exchange trading by Indians through online trading websites, asking banks to report any such remittances to the regulator. In a circular issued late on Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) asked banks to advise customers not to undertake forex trading on foreign websites that offer currency contracts by accepting margins through credit card and online money transfer mechanisms. The RBI also asked banks to close the credit card or online bank account of a customer that is found to be in violation of the rule.
At its upcoming mid-quarter monetary policy review on Friday, 20 September 2013, the Reserve Bank of India will have to decide whether to give in to industry demands and lower interest rates in order to boost slowing economic growth, or leave interest rates unchanged for the third straight policy review as it guards against risks of a fresh rise in inflationary pressures.
Key benchmark indices eked out small gains on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 as index heavyweight and cigarette major ITC extended intraday gains in late trade and as another index heavyweight Infosys rose. The S&P BSE Sensex rose 61.56 points or 0.31% to settle at 19,804.03 on that day, its highest closing level since 11 September 2013.
Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 318.05 crore on Tuesday, 17 September 2013, as per provisional data from the stock exchanges.
Asian stocks were mixed on Wednesday amid prospects the Federal Reserve will announce today whether it intends to pare back economic stimulus. Key benchmark indices in China, Japan, and South Korea rose by 0.04% to 1.77%. Key benchmark indices in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Indonesia shed by 0.19% to 0.94%. South Korea's stock markets were closed for a holiday.
US stocks rose slightly on Tuesday on expectations the Federal Reserve will make a modest cut in its stimulative bond buying and keep interest rates extraordinarily low. A report in the U.S. on Tuesday showed the cost of living rose less than forecast in August, with the consumer-price index increasing 0.1%, the least in three months, Labor Department figures showed.
Investors across the globe are eyeing the two-day policy meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), considered by many to provide an indication on the timing and size of the Fed's cutbacks in its bond-purchase program. The FOMC's two-day policy meeting on interest rates in the United States ends today, 18 September 2013. The US central bank currently buys $85 billion a month in US debt and mortgage-backed securities in a bid to hold interest rates low and encourage economic growth. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has on several occasions stressed that the tapering process is dependent on an improvement in data. Fed's bond-buying program has kept global markets flush with liquidity in recent years. Investors are also eyeing Fed's forward guidance on policy.
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Nifty September 2013 futures were at 5905.35, near spot closing of 5896.75. Turnover on NSE's futures & options (F&O) segment surged to Rs 184419.81 crore from Rs 135903.18 crore on Friday, 6 September 2013. The stock market was closed on Monday, 9 September 2013 on account of Ganesh Charturthi.
Tata Motors September 2013 futures were at 349.15, near spot closing of 349.
Axis Bank September 2013 futures were at 977.75, at a discount compared to spot closing of 988.20.
State Bank of India September 2013 futures were at 1623, at a discount compared to spot closing of 1624.10.
In the spot market, the CNX Nifty surged 216.35 points or 3.81% to settle at 5,896.75, its highest closing level since 25 July 2013.
The September 2013 derivatives contracts expire on 26 September 2013.
L&T Finance Holdings rose 3.2% to Rs 69.40 at 10:44 IST on BSE, with the stock extending recent gains as the new RBI governor said on 4 September 2013, that new bank licences will most likely be announced around January 2014.
Meanwhile, the S&P BSE Sensex was up 475.43 points or 2.47% at 19,745.49.
The stock surged on high volumes. On BSE, 17.11 lakh shares were traded in the counter as against average daily volume of 5.47 lakh shares in the past one quarter.
The stock hit a high of Rs 71.90 and low of Rs 67.10 so far during the day. The stock had hit a record high of Rs 97.35 on 19 December 2012. The stock had hit a 52-week low of Rs 43 on 5 September 2012.
The stock had outperformed the market over the past one month till 6 September 2013, surging 24.31% compared with the Sensex's 2.87% rise. The scrip had, however, underperformed the market in past one quarter, declining 14.55% as against Sensex's 1.28% fall.
The large-cap company has equity capital of Rs 1716.93 crore. Face value per share is Rs 10.
Shares of L&T Finance Holdings (LTFH) have risen 24.59% in four trading sessions from a recent low of Rs 55.70 on 3 September 2013.
LTFH is one of the candidates who have applied for banking license with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The central bank has received 26 applications from those seeking to set up new banks.
LTFH's consolidated net profit rose 20.1% to Rs 144.94 crore on 29.4% growth in total income to Rs 1183.06 crore in Q1 June 2013 over Q1 June 2012.
L&T Finance Holdings is a financial holding company offering a diverse range of financial products and services across the corporate, retail and infrastructure finance sectors, as well as mutual fund products and investment management services, through its direct and indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries.
Ashoka Buildcon jumped 4.08% to Rs 48.50 at 12:15 IST on BSE after the company said it has emerged as the lowest bidder for a power project worth Rs 609.62 crore in Tamil Nadu.
The announcement was made during trading hours today, 10 September 2013.
Meanwhile, the S&P BSE Sensex was up 517.14 points or 2.68% at 19,787.20.
On BSE, 3,129 shares were traded in the counter as against average daily volume of 3,540 shares in the past one quarter.
The stock was volatile. The stock surged as much as 6.54% at the day's high of Rs 49.65 so far during the day. The stock lost as much as 5.04% at the day's low of Rs 44.25 so far during the day. The stock had hit a record low of Rs 41.30 on 6 August 2013. The stock had hit a 52-week high of Rs 86.67 on 12 September 2012.
The stock had outperformed the market over the past one month till 6 September 2013, surging 7.87% compared with the Sensex's 2.87% rise. The scrip had, however, underperformed the market in past one quarter, declining 30.1% as against Sensex's 1.28% fall.
The small-cap company has equity capital of Rs 78.98 crore. Face value per share is Rs 5.
Ashoka Buildcon said it has emerged as the lowest bidder at the price bid opening meeting dated 7 September 2013, for the Project viz. execution of distribution strengthening works under "Re-structured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP) Part-8" in Chennai North & South Regions of Tamilnadu Generation and Distribution Co. (TANGEDCO) on total turnkey basis aggregating Rs 609.62 crore from TANGEDCO.
Ashoka Buildcon's consolidated net profit declined 26% to Rs 30.44 crore on 0.8% growth in net sales to Rs 468.77 crore in Q1 June 2013 over Q1 June 2012.
Ashoka Buildcon is a leading highway concessionaire and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company.
Key benchmark indices galloped as the rupee extended recent recovery against the dollar on receding geopolitical risks from Syria. Gains in global stocks also underpinned sentiment. The barometer index, BSE Sensex, scaled nearly seven week closing high, with the index closing a tad lower from the psychological 20,000 mark after kissing that mark in late trade. The CNX Nifty hit 6-1/2 week closing high. The S&P BSE Sensex was up 727.04 points or 3.77%, up close to 550 points from the day's low and off about 15 points from the day's high. The market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was strong. All the thirteen sectoral indices on BSE were trading in the green.
Indian stocks gained for the fourth straight day today, 10 September 2013. The Sensex has garnered 1,762.44 points or 9.66% in four trading days from a recent low of 18,234.66 on 3 September 2013. The Sensex has gained 1377.38 points or 7.39% in September 2013 so far (till 10 September 2013). The Sensex has risen 570.39 points or 2.93% in calendar 2013 so far (till 10 September 2013). From a 52-week high of 20,443.62 on 20 May 2013, the Sensex has fallen 446.52 points or 2.18%. From a 52-week low of 17,448.71 on 28 August 2013, the Sensex has risen 2,548.39 points or 14.6%.
Coming back to today's trade, index heavyweight and cigarette maker ITC surged. Reliance Industries also edged higher. Auto stocks led today's market rally. Tata Motors surged to record high after its UK-unit Jaguar Land Rover today, 10 September 2013 reported strong sales in August 2013. Capital goods gained on fresh buying.
The market sentiment was also boosted by data showing that foreign funds remained net buyers of Indian stocks on Friday, 6 September 2013. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 1093.40 crore from the secondary equity markets on Friday, 6 September 2013, as per the data from the Securities & Exchange Board of India (Sebi).
In the foreign exchange market, the rupee rose sharply on Tuesday as receding geopolitical risks from Syria and strong exports in August helped lift the currency. The partially convertible rupee was hovering at 64.05, stronger than its close of 65.24/25 on Friday, 6 September 2013. Financial markets were closed on Monday, 9 September 2013, on account of Ganesh Chaturthi. The rupee has seen a steep recovery from an all time low of 68.85 hit on 28 August 2013. Rupee depreciation fuels inflation, increases import bill and current account deficit. It also increases the government's spending on fuel subsidies, potentially widening the fiscal deficit.
The S&P BSE Sensex was up 727.04 points or 3.77% to 19,997.10, its highest closing level since 24 July 2013. The index surged 742.63 points at the day's high of 20,012.69 in late trade. The index gained 174.60 points at the day's low of 19,444.66 in early trade.
The CNX Nifty was up 216.35 points or 3.81% to 5,896.75, its highest closing level since 25 July 2013. The index hit a high of 5,904.85 and a low of 5,738.20 in intraday trade.
The BSE Mid-Cap index rose 1.37% and the BSE Small-Cap index gained 1.1%. Both these indices underperformed the Sensex.
The total turnover on BSE amounted to Rs 2262 crore, higher than Rs 2093.75 crore on Friday, 6 September 2013.
The market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was strong. On BSE, 1,502 shares gained and 829 shares fell. A total of 143 shares were unchanged.
Among the 30-share Sensex pack, 27 stocks gained and only three of them declined.
Auto stocks led today's market rally. Tata Motors jumped 9.89% to Rs 349.20 after striking a record high of Rs 352 in intraday trade today, 10 September 2013. It was the top gainer from the Sensex pack. The company's unit Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) today, 10 September 2013 reported 28% rise in sales in August 2013 over August 2012 to 27,852 vehicles, also its best ever August sales performance. During the first eight months of the year, JLR sales rose 16% to 269,653 vehicles over the previous corresponding year ago period.
Commenting on the August performance Phil Popham, Jaguar Land Rover Group Sales Operations Director said: "August has proven to be another incredibly strong month for Jaguar Land Rover with sales growth from both our established and new model lines.
The Jaguar XJ and XF, the Range Rover Evoque and the Land Rover Freelander are up significantly whilst the new Range Rover and F-TYPE continue to attract new buyers to our brands. This is further evidence that we are offering customers our most accomplished product line up to date."
Meanwhile, PT Tata Motors Distribusi Indonesia (TMDI), wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Motors today, 10 September 2013 announced its foray into the Indonesian automotive industry with the launch of three new exciting Tata passenger vehicles -- the Tata Aria, the Tata Vista and the Tata Safari Storme. These three models, launched today, are the new-age range of Tata's extensive passenger vehicles which are unique, quality products, perfectly matched, to meet growing demand among Indonesian consumers of contemporary, next-generation car offerings, seven-seat crossover variants, and tough, durable SUV's. With these three debut products, TMDI believes that Indonesian consumers will be able to enjoy best vehicle experience.
Tata Motors announced on 9 September 2013 its partnership with DRB-HICOM, Malaysia's biggest conglomerate, for the import, distribution and assembly of Tata Motors Commercial Vehicles in Malaysia, an important milestone in the continued expansion of the company's global footprint.
As part of the agreement, Tata Motors signed a Distribution Agreement (DA) and Technology License Agreement (TLA) with USF-HICOM (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., a subsidiary of DRB-HICOM Berhad. Tata Motors also signed another Importation Agreement (IA) with another DRB-HICOM subsidiary, DRB-HICOM Auto Solution Sdn. Bhd. (DHAS) and USF-HICOM.
Maruti Suzuki India gained 3.71%. The company said during market hours on Friday 6 September 2013 that its production jumped 62.63% to 91,261 units in August 2013 over August 2012. The company said on 2 September 2013 that its total sales spurted 61.2% to 87,323 units in August 2013 over August 2012. Domestic sales rose 51.6% to 76,018 units in August 2013 over August 2012. Exports spurted 180.9% to 11,306 units in August 2013 over August 2012.
Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) advanced 5.42%.
Ashok Leyland rose 1.31%.
Two-wheeler major Hero MotoCorp surged 7.22%. Bajaj Auto gained 3.74%.
Index heavyweight and cigarette maker ITC jumped 6.07% to Rs 335.40.
Reliance Industries rose 2.43% to Rs 888.65.
Capital goods gained on fresh buying. ABB (up 16.05%), BEML (up 1.87%), Bharat Electronics (up 1.48%), Crompton Greaves (up 1.88%), L&T (up 7.11%), Siemens (up 6.53%) and Thermax (up 3.37%) gained.
Bharat Heavy Electricals (Bhel) rose 0.74% to Rs 142.60 in volatile trade, with the stock extending recent gains. The stock lost as much as 3.21% at the day's low of Rs 137 so far during the day. The stock rose as much as 3.42% at the day's high of Rs 146.40 so far during the day. Shares of Bhel had rallied 18.55% in prior three sessions to settle at Rs 141.55 on Friday, 6 September 2013, from a recent low of Rs 119.40 on 3 September 2013.
Meanwhile, Bhel said after market hours on Friday, 6 September 2013, that consequent upon the merger of Bharat Heavy Plate & Vessels (BHPV) with the company, the BHPV plant is renamed as Heavy Plates & Vessels Plant (HPVP) and designated as the 17th manufacturing unit of Bhel located at Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
HCL Technologies rose 4.27% to Rs 1059.85 after striking a record high of Rs 1071 in intraday trade. Anglo American, one of the world's largest mining companies and HCL Technologies announced after market hours today, 10 September 2013, entering into an engagement where HCL will deliver IT services for Anglo American businesses across the globe. As a part of this contract, HCL will transform Anglo American's end user computing and data center landscape to improve operational efficiency, business agility and the user experience. The scope of service covers end to end infrastructure services, including data centre and hosting services, email services, service desk, local area network and security management, end user computing and on-site IT services, utilizing hybrid on-premise and cloud delivery models.
Metal and mining stocks gained after data showed China's industrial output grew at the fastest pace in 17 months in August. China is the World's largest consumer of copper and aluminum. Sesa Goa (up 6.3%), Hindustan Zinc (up 3.42%), Tata Steel (up 2.94%), Sail (up 0.1%), Hindalco Industries (up 1.94%) and JSW Steel (up 2.14%), edged higher.
Jindal Steel & Power rose 2.04% to Rs 238.10. The company after market hours on Friday, 6 September 2013 announced buyback of its shares worth Rs 1000 crore at the maximum price of Rs 261 a share. The buyback process will be through open market transaction and will open on 16 September 2013. The company said in a statement to the stock exchanges that at the maximum quantity of shares that can be bought back would be 3.83 crore equity shares. The company's board had approved the resolution for buy back on 30 August 2013.
Realty stocks also gained. DLF (up 3.81%), HDIL (up 2.83%), Sobha Developers (up 8.96%), and Unitech (up 1.47%), gained.
Cipla rose 0.34% to Rs 439.10 after hitting a record high of Rs 446.50 in intraday trade today, 10 September 2013.
Bank stocks were in demand on renewed buying. The new Reserve Bank of India (RBI) chief Raghuram Rajan on Wednesday, 4 September 2013, said that RBI will shortly issue the necessary circular to completely free bank branching for domestic scheduled commercial banks in every part of the country and also said that there is need to reduce the requirement for banks to invest in government securities in a calibrated way so as to ensure the flow of credit to the productive sectors of the economy.
Among PSU bank stocks, Canara Bank (up 1.34%), Union Bank of India (up 1.16%), Bank of India (up 4.14%) and Punjab National Bank (up 3.92%) edged higher.
But, State Bank of India fell 0.11%.
Among private bank stocks, Yes Bank (up 4.39%), Kotak Mahindra Bank (up 3.08%), ICICI Bank (up 1.1%), Federal Bank (up 1.17%), and HDFC Bank (up 3.51%), edged higher.
Axis Bank jumped 4.69%. The bank before market hours today, 10 September 2013 said that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has withdrawn restrictions with immediate effect on foreign institutional investors (FIIs) on buying shares of Axis Bank as the overall foreign share holding in Axis Bank fell below the prescribed limit of 49%. Foreign share holding in Axis Bank under the portfolio investment scheme have gone below the prescribed threshold limit stipulated under the extant FDI Policy, the RBI said in a statement. Total foreign holding in Axis Bank was 48.96% as at 30 June 2013, of which 40.70% was held by FIIs.
Telecom stocks surged after the sector regulator on Monday, 9 September 2013, recommended sharp cuts in reserve prices for the next round of spectrum auctions.
Bharti Airtel (up 8.15%), Idea Cellular (up 5.56%), MTNL (up 10.37%), and Reliance Communications (up 1.65%) gained.
Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) declined 0.77%.
TRAI slashed the combined spectrum auction reserve price in the premium 900 MHz band in the circles of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata by about 79% to Rs 650 crore per MHz against Rs 3074.18 crore per MHz earlier.
It recommended an about 60% cut in the pan-India reserve price for the 2G spectrum (1800 MHz) auctions compared to its previous suggestions.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) also said no spectrum would be reserved for existing players when their licences expire and suggested that airwaves can be traded.
India's trade deficit narrowed to $10.9 billion in August, helped by a double digit rise in merchandise exports, provisional government data showed on Tuesday, offering some respite for the troubled rupee currency. Merchandise exports rose 12.97% in August to $26.14 billion from a year earlier. Imports fell 0.68% year-on-year to $37.05 billion.
European stocks advanced to a three-week high on Tuesday as data showed Chinese industrial production and retail sales rose in August, adding to signs the global economy is rebounding. Key benchmark indices in France, Germany and UK rose by 0.74% to 1.71%.
Asian stocks hit three-month high on Tuesday ahead of a fresh round of Chinese economic data and signs that Syrian tensions are easing. Key benchmark indices in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Korea, Singapore and Japan rose by 0.22% to 3.98%.
China's industrial output grew at the fastest pace in 17 months in August, adding to signs of a rebound this quarter that include a pickup in export gains. Factory production rose 10.4% from a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics said in a statement in Beijing today. Retail sales rose 13.4% in August higher than 13.2% gain in the previous month.
Trading in US index futures indicated that the Dow could gain 77 points at the opening bell on Tuesday, 10 September 2013. US markets ended higher on Monday, helped in part by hopes that the threat of a US military intervention in the Middle East could be abating.
Russia on Monday proposed to work with Damascus to put its chemical weapons under international control, a move that President Barack Obama said could be "potentially positive".
Investors across the globe are eyeing the next policy meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) scheduled this month, with their focus squarely on the timing of tapering of Federal Reserve's bond purchases. The FOMC holds a two-day policy meeting on 17-18 September 2013 to decide on interest rates in the United States. The US central bank currently buys $85 billion a month in US debt and mortgage-backed securities in a bid to hold interest rates low and encourage economic growth. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has on several occasions stressed that the tapering process is dependent on an improvement in data. Fed's bond-buying program has kept global markets flush with liquidity in recent years.
Rural Electrification Corporation rose 4.02% to Rs 192.65 at 15:12 IST on BSE, with the stock extending recent gains triggered by the receipt of an acquisition amount aggregating to Rs 30.60 crore from L&T Infrastructure Development Projects & PGCIL.
Meanwhile, the S&P BSE Sensex was up 698.23 points or 3.62% at 19,968.29.
On BSE, 2.24 lakh shares were traded in the counter as against average daily volume of 2.51 lakh shares in the past one quarter.
The stock hit a high of Rs 193 and a low of Rs 185 so far during the day. The stock hit a 52-week low of Rs 146.15 on 5 August 2013. The stock hit a 52-week high of Rs 267.50 on 4 January 2013.
The stock had outperformed the market over the past one month till 6 September 2013, surging 22.61% compared with the Sensex's 2.87% rise. The scrip had, however, underperformed the market in past one quarter, declining 14.73% as against Sensex's 1.28% fall.
The large-cap company has equity capital of Rs 987.46 crore. Face value per share is Rs 10.
Shares of Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) have rallied 16.97% in four trading sessions from a recent low of Rs 164.70 on 3 September 2013.
REC during trading hours on 5 September 2013 announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, REC Transmission Projects Company (RECTPCL), transferred its wholly-owned subsidiary, Kudgi Transmission (KTL), to L&T Infrastructure Development Projects. RECTPCL had received an acquisition price of Rs 15.19 crore from L&T Infrastructure Development Projects towards acquisition of KTL along with its all assets and liabilities.
KTL was incorporated for developing transmission system required for evacuation of power from Kudgi TPS (3 x 800 megawatts in phase-I) of NTPC.
REC announced after market hours on 3 September 2013, that RECTPCL, transferred its wholly-owned subsidiary, Vizag Transmission (VTL), to Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL). RECTPCL had received an acquisition price of Rs 15.41 crore from PGCIL towards acquisition of VTL along with its all assets and liabilities.
VTL was incorporated for establishing transmission system for system strengthening in southern region for import of power from eastern region.
REC's net profit surged 31.6% to Rs 1153.66 crore on 29.4% growth in total income to Rs 4001.38 crore in Q1 June 2013 over Q1 June 2012.
REC's main objective is to finance and promote rural electrification projects all over the country. The company provides financial assistance to state electricity boards, state government departments and rural electric cooperatives for rural electrification projects as are sponsored by them. The Government of India (GoI) owns 66.8% stake in REC (as per the shareholding pattern as on 30 June 2013).