Archive for January, 2010

India’s Exports Rise to the Highest in the Past 15 Months

India's exports rise to the highest in the past 15 months

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Growing for the second straight month, India’s exports touched $14.6 billion in December.

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This is the highest in the past 15 months, helped by an uptick in demand for merchandise in the western markets.

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“We have registered exports of $14.6 billion in December,” commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma told.

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The December growth is about 16% from a year ago, while the expansion is about 10% compared to shipments in November this fiscal.

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The two straight months of growth comes after exports fell for 13 months in a row since October 2008.

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Sharma said going ahead the momentum would be maintained.

He, however, added that exporters are yet to recover from the setback of the past 13 months.

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Sectors like engineering, auto components and pharma helped exports rise again.

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Analysts said December growth has come about on a low base last year when the global demand dropped sharply due to the global recession.

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The December figure reflects the best ever performance since August 2008 when exporters shipped goods worth $16 billion.

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Demand for the Indian products seems to be reviving in the western markets. 🙂

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RBI Increases CRR, Kicked off its War against Inflation

RBI Increases CRR, Kicked off its War against Inflation

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has kicked off its war against inflation and build-up of inflationary pressures by announcing a surprise increase of 75 basis points in the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR).

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Cash reserve ratio is the minimum liquid assets, banks have to retain against deposits or park with the central bank in the form of government securities.

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The CRR will be hiked in two stages : 50 basis points from Feb 13 and another 25 basis from Feb 27 – from the present 5 percent, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor D Subbarao told.

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However, in a cautious move not to disrupt the money supply, the RBI left the key policy rates – repo and reverse repo – unchanged.

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“As a result of this increase in the CRR, about Rs.36,000 crore of excess liquidity will be absorbed from the system,” Subbarao added, as he presented the third quarterly update of the central bank’s monetary policy for this fiscal.

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Subbarao said the cut in excess liquidity will help anchor inflationary expectations and that the recovery process of the economy will be supported without compromising on price stability.

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As inflation was steadily growing and the economy was slowly returning to higher growth trajectory, it was expected that the RBI would tighten monetary policy.

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But the 75-bps hike, according to investors, is a “more hawkish” move than many expected.

The market had expected and was prepared for a 50-bps hike.

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Central bank has said the action was necessary as the “rapidly rising” food inflation was putting pressure on other sectors as well.

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India’s inflation jumped to 7.31 percent in December, 2009 from 4.78 percent in November, mainly driven by high food prices.

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The questions cropping up as a result of this move are :

-Will this move by the central bank going to check the inflation?

-Moreover, what implications this step holds for the economic growth?

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Stay Tuned for More.. 🙂

Lets Know About Economic Indicators :)

Hello Friends here we come up with our another write up on “SMC Gyan Series”.

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Lets Know About Economic Indicators

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Topic is “Economic Indicators”.

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Economic indicators are important as they provide an accurate account of nation‘s economy at various points of time.

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There are various types of economic indicators that deal with different periods of time and there are others that deal with separate administrative divisions like states for example.

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They are important in context of analyzing nation’s economy.

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In this Blog, we would know what are major economic indicators ?

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Major Economic Indicators :

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1. Industrial Production:

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Measures the change in the production of the nation’s factories, mines and utilities, industrial production.

Also measures the country’s industrial capacity utilization.

2. Gross Domestic Product (GDP):

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Indicates the pace at which a country’s economy is growing or shrinking.

3. Purchasing Managers Index (PMI):

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This index includes data on new orders, production, supplier delivery times, backlogs, inventories, prices, employment, export and import orders.

4. Producer Price Index (PPI):

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Measures average changes in selling prices received by domestic producers in the manufacturing, mining, agriculture, and electric utility industries.

The PPIs most often used for economic analysis are those for finished goods, intermediate goods, and crude goods.

5. Consumer Price Index (CPI):

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Measures the average price level paid by urban consumers (80% of the population in major currency countries) for a fixed basket of goods and services.

6. Durable Goods:

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Measures new orders placed with domestic manufacturers for immediate and future delivery of factory hard goods.

This figure is a useful measure of certain kinds of customer demand.

7. Employment Cost Index (ECI):

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ECI counts the number of paid employees working part-time or full-time in the nation’s business and government establishments.

8.Retail Sales:

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It is the indicator of broad consumer spending patterns and is adjusted for normal seasonal variation, holidays, and trading-day differences.

9. Housing Starts :

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Measures the number of residential units on which construction is begun each month.

Thus to conclude Economic indicators is a tool for an investor for knowing the economic world.

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It also simultaneously a tool to smartly make money out of the sensitive movements of the financial & commodities market.

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Morning News Capsules – 29th Jan 2010

Hello Friends, here, we bring you the latest updates from the Indian market and Industry.

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Latest updates from the Indian market and Industry

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NEWS CAPSULES

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India’s food price index rose 17.40 percent in the 12 months to Jan. 16, rising for the first time after falling for three consecutive weeks, while the fuel index was up 5.70 percent.

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), the country’s largest power equipment manufacturer, signed a joint venture (JV) deal with Madhya Pradesh Power Generation Company Ltd (MPPGCL) for setting up a 1,600-Mw supercritical thermal power plant in Khandwa district.

• State-run Hindustan Petroleum Corp plans to invest Rs 25,000 crore to set up a refinery with an annual capacity of 15 million tonnes a year on the west coast.

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The new refinery may be located anywhere between Mumbai and Goa on the western coast and is being mulled to make up for the space constraint the Mumbai refinery faces.

HCL Technologies said it has received a contract worth around Rs 231 crore from UK-based defence equipment maker Meggitt for providing engineering services.

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Meggitt signs $50 million (around Rs 231 crore) global engineering transformation services agreement with the company’s engineering and R&D services (HCL ERS) division.

Tata Steel said its net profit on a standalone basis for the quarter ended December 31 more than doubled to Rs 1,190 crore against Rs 466 crore a year ago.

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The company’s profit grew on the back of higher demand for steel from automakers and builders.

Sales for the company grew by 33 per cent to Rs 6,307 crore in the period.

Jindal Steel & Power (JSPL) said its consolidated net profit declined by 3.20 per cent to Rs 874.35 crore for the third quarter ended December 31, compared to the same period corresponding fiscal.

Cipla has posted a 29 per cent increase in net profit at Rs 289 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2009.

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The company had registered a profit of Rs 223 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous financial year.

Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) today reported a fall of 52.6 per cent in net profit at Rs 379.09 crore for the third quarter of 2009-10.

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It had a net profit of Rs 799.84 crore in the year-ago period.

Cairn India today reported a 23 per cent rise in net profit to Rs 291 crore in the third quarter.

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The company had a net profit of Rs 290.96 crore in October-December compared with Rs 236.42 crore in the corresponding period previous fiscal.

• An increase in total expenditure, coupled with a heavy deferred tax burden, pulled down the consolidated net profit of Tata Tea Ltd by 77 per cent to Rs 92.23 crore in the quarter ended December 31, 2009.

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The company had clocked a profit of Rs 396.12 crore in the corresponding period in the previous financial year.

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Now, Trading in Derivatives Contracts in 3 More Currency Pairs :)

Trading in Derivatives Contracts in 3 More Currency Pairs

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Spirits of indian investors and institutions dealing in foreign currencies were boosted by the latest news of regulators allowing Indian bourses to start trading in derivatives contracts in three more currency pairs.

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Rupee-Euro, Rupee-Japanese Yen (JPY) and Rupee-British Pound (GBP).

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Currently, only trading in futures contracts in Rupee-US Dollar is allowed on the bourses, which began on the NSE on August 29, 2008, followed by MCX-SX.

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Permission from the banking regulator Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) came within a month of the combined turnover of the two forex derivative boursesNSE’s foreign forex trading segment and MCX Stock Exchange (MCX-SX)— crossing the combined turnover of the cash market of NSE and BSE.

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Last fortnight, the forex derivatives markets recorded a turnover of nearly Rs 34,500 crore, compared to about Rs 23,200 crore on the two bourses’ cash segments.

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Although BSE offers forex derivatives trading, the segment is yet to take off.

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Following the global trend, where forex trading volumes dwarf volumes in both equities and commodities, the forex derivatives segment in India took just a year and a half since their launch to surpass the turnover in the cash segment of the bourses.

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However, spokespersons from both NSE and MCX-SX said that these bourses will start trading in these three new pairs very soon.

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Indian Private Equity Industry to Hit By US Banks Curbs : Experts

Indian Private Equity Industry to Hit By US Banks Curbs

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In case, US President Barack Obama‘s proposal to curb the role of commercial banks in hedge and PE funds is implemented, then fund-raising could indeed become a very tough task for Indian private equity players.

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But at the same time, the move could help Indian funds take part in more deals, market players insist.

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Obama has proposed to bar commercial banks from owning, advising and investing their own capital in PE and hedge funds.

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Though most investors in Indian PE funds are university funds, endowment funds, pension funds, insurance funds and institutional investors,  the industry expects the move to impact fund-raising in the long term and in big way, as banks will be barred from taking part in these funds.

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A large number of venture capital and PE funds of US-based commercial banks had reduced their exposure to India during the economic slowdown.

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Though few big ones like Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch etc; stayed back in the market.

Indian PE players hope to get more deals if these players vacate the market.

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Market experts do not see any significant impact in the coming few months, but cannot deny that a slowdown in USA market will surely impact the Indian private equity industry.

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They feel that any curbs on banks would make fund-raising a very difficult task since banks were the biggest contributors of funds.

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Industry players say the focus will shift from funds of banks to fund of funds, pension funds, and university and endowment funds.

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“It will be difficult to put a number as these transactions are structured in a complex manner.

But I believe a significant proportion of investments in India-based PE funds come from balance sheets of these banks.

These firms will be affected and will have to look for new sources of money,” said Jagannadham Thunuguntla, equity head at SMC Capitals.

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