Archive for November 20th, 2009

Gold Buying Cools Off After New Records

 

Gold buying cools off after new records

Gold demand declined as prices struck a fresh high, after a slight pick-up seen in off take in the previous session.

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However, the most-traded December gold contract hit a fresh record high at 17,284 rupees per 10 grams, before trading 0.12% higher at 17,251 rupees tracking overseas leads.

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Meanwhile, it is said that traders were stationed on the sidelines seeking lower prices to stock for the ongoing wedding season while the business of dealers declined by about 50% on year as high prices dented demand.

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On the other hand, jewelery demand in India decreased 42% to 111.6 tonnes in Q3 to September, while total demand, which comprises jewellery and retail investment demand, fell 49% to 137.6 tonnes.

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Govt Not to Impose Restrictions on Foreign Borrowings

Govt Not to Impose Restrictions on Foreign Borrowings

 

The government ruled out limiting companies from borrowing money from overseas market stating that the rise in foreign money is not a matter of concern at present and there is no such proposal.

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However, companies are permitted to raise $500 million annually under the automatic route while infrastructure firms under the approval route can remit up to $100 million for rupee expenditure and for other companies the cap on approval route remittance is set at $50 million.

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Meanwhile, capital inflows reached record levels as investors borrow cheap from advanced countries and invest in high-yielding assets in developing countries while this led to speculations that government may put in place a system of auctioning ECBs.

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In India, foreign inflows through foreign institutional investors (FIIs), ECBs and foreign currency convertible bonds (FCCBs) have been on the rise, while FDI is not picking up as fast.

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On the other hand, on a quarterly basis, the funds raised through ECBs and FCCBs increased by 70% in the September quarter to $4.61 billion while FIIs have put in a record over Rs 71,900 crore in the equities market.

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