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Ace Derivatives & Commodity Exchange

Ace Derivatives & Commodity Exchange with over five decades of impeccable experience in commodity trading, has recently transformed itself and established an online multi-commodity platform with a pan-India presence. Kotak Group is the anchor investor in ACE Commodity Exchange with a 51 per cent stake, while Haryana”s Hafed has a 15 per cent interest and banks like Bank of Baroda, Union Bank and
Corporation Bank have an over 14 per cent stake. The remaining equity is held by Ahmedabad Commodity Exchange members.

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Products offered

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Ace offers futures trading the following commodity groups:

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Bullions: Gold, Silver

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Energy: Crude oil, Natural Gas

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Agri

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•Castor Seed (Ex-Warehouse Ahmedabad)

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•Mustard Seed (Ex-Warehouse Jaipur-inclusive of all taxes but exclusive of Sales tax/ VAT)

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•Soybean Ex-Warehouse Indore -inclusive of all taxes but exclusive of Sales tax/VAT)

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•Refined Soy Oil (Ex-Tank Indore-Inclusive of all Taxes and Levies)

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•Pulses

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•Chana

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•Spices

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•Turmeric

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The Kotak-anchored exchange started futures trading in soybean, soyoil, rape/mustard seed, chana and castor seed. With the launch, the first set of contracts will be available for trade for delivery on November 20, December 20 and January 20.

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The lot size of trading is fixed at 10 tonnes of each contract. According to the exchange data, the castor seed contract for December-expiry opened at `3,442 a quintal, chana at `2,440 a quintal, soyabean at `2,244 a quintal, mustard seed at `573 for every 20 kg and refined soy oil at`545.90 for every 10 kg.

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Trade Timings:

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Agri: 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday)

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10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Saturday)

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Bullion/Metals: 10:00 a.m. to 11.30 p.m. (Monday to Friday)

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10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Saturday)

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Risk Management

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The Exchange assumes the counter party risk by guaranteeing trade settlement. The Risk Management framework of the Exchange ensures timely settlement.

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More hands working on…..

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Haryana State Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation (Hafed) is planning to set up spot exchanges of the recently launched Ace Derivatives and Commodity Exchange (ACE) in mandis soon. The association of Hafed with the ACE will help it in playing the role of an aggregator and a risk manager on behalf of thousands of farmers, who will be motivated to become participants of the ACE in the coming decade.

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In addition to its convenient trading platform, Ace provides a robust clearing & settlement infrastructure that supports the complete process of trade intermediation – including registration of trades, settlement of contracts and mitigation of counter party risk; giving traders the peace of mind in times of increased market volatility.

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Sensex Tumbles 216 Points on Weak Global Cues

Stocks dropped on Wednesday, triggered mainly by weak sentiments in Asian markets  on concern over rising dollar, ahead of the expiry of October series of futures and option contracts.

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European markets saw a gap-down opening, but recovered later, helping the market to gain some ground in the last half-an-hour of trade. The BSE Sensex trimmed 216.02 points, or 1.07 per cent, to close at 20,005.37. Nifty index declined 69.35 points, or 1.14 per cent, to 6,012.65.

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“Strengthening of the dollar against a basket of major world currencies dragged the market on Wednesday. The Dollar Index, which has an inverse relationship with different assets classes, is rebounding these days. Due to which, investors have turned cautious on equities markets,” said Jagannadham Thunuguntla, head of research at SMC Global Securities.

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The Dollar Index on Wednesday rose to 77.92 against 76.64 on October 14. Before this, the index was falling continuously from the middle of July.

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There was also speculation that US Federal Reserve’s asset purchase plan may be a disappointing one, said Alex Mathews of Geojit BNP Paribas.

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“Nifty has a major support at 5,963 while on the upside, it faces resistance at 6,089 level. On Thursday, we are going to see the October F&O expiry. The rollovers at the end of Wednesday’s session was around 45 per cent,” he said.

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Banking stocks continued to weigh heavy while disappointing results of heavyweight NTPC hurt sentiments on the power counter.

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Union Bank, ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank fell 5.85 per cent, 2.23 per cent and 1.93 per cent, respectively. SBI inched up 0.41 per cent to Rs 3,193.45. Union Bank on Wednesday posted 40 per cent decline in September quarter PAT to Rs 303 crore compared with the same period a year ago.

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NTPC fell 3.24 per cent after the company reported 2.07 per cent drop in PAT on 20.46 per cent year-on-year rise in net sales for the September quarter. The results were announced after Tuesday’s trading hours.

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Among other stocks in news, MRPL rose 1.76 to Rs 83.95 after its Q2 net profit jumped 56.70 per cent to Rs 281.57 crore. ONGC and HPCL, the two stakeholders of the company, dipped 1.80 per cent and 1.42 per cent.

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Shriram Transport Finance hit an all-time high and rose 3.94 per cent to Rs 89.45 after its net profit surged 44.11 per cent year-on-year to Rs 298.96 crore.

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Equity News Update

Economy

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•India’s food price index rose 15.53% while the fuel price index climbed 11.14% in the year to October 9. In the prior week, annual food and fuel inflation stood at 16.37% and 11.14%, respectively.

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Pharmaceuticals

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•Wockhardt has received tentative approval from the United States Food & Drug Administration (USFDA) for marketing the Fexofenadine HCI 60 mgplus Pseudoephedrine HCL 120 mg extended release tablets, which is used for treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis without causing drowsiness.

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Oil & Gas

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•Reliance Industries is planning to take shutdown of the Crude Distillation Unit (CDU) No.1 and coker at Jamnagar refinery for maintenance and inspection for a period of three to four weeks starting from last week of October, 2010.

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•Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has kicked off a `8,800-crore redevelopment of the southern part of its Mumbai High fields, using a cost-effective technology to  maintain output from the prime western offshore fields.

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Capital Goods

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•Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has received order worth 1,449 crore from DB Power for the Bhaskar Group company’s Chhattisgarh project. The Balance of Plant is the sum of all equipment for safe operation as well as the technical coordination of all concerned parts of a power plant.

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•BHEL has bagged contracts worth 35 crore to set up grid-interactive solar power plants of 1100 kW capacity at eight locations in the union territory of Lakshadweep. The Lakshadweep administration has also asked the company to renovate existing solar power plants of 800k Wat these islands.

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Realty/ Construction/ Infrastructure

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•Ashoka Buildcon Ltd has announced the completion and start of toll collection on its Bhandara toll road project on National Highway No. 6. The project, with a project cost of 535 crores, is the largest toll road project commissioned till date by Ashoka Buildron. With this commissioning, the company has 18 BOT projects under operation and 5 under construction.

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•IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd has informed that the consortium comprising of 50:50 Joint Venture between the Company and Ramky Infrastructure Ltd. had been awarded a project by the National Highways Authority of India for Four Laning in the State of Assam & Meghalaya on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) pattern. The Projectis on Annuity basis with a concession period of 20 years including construction period of 3 years. The cost of the Project as per loan agreements is 824 Crores and the semi-annual Annuity for the Project is72.51 Crores.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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•US Industrial production was disappointing in September, declining 0.2percent, following a 0.2 percent gain in August. The September decrease came in notably below analysts’ median projection for a 0.2 percent advance. Capacity utilization edged lower to 74.7 percent from 74.8percent in August.

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•US Housing starts surprised on the upside while permits went in the other direction. Importantly, the single-family component is the one showing unexpected modest strength. Housing starts in September rose 0.3 percent after jumping 10.5 percent the prior month. The September annualized pace of 0.610 million units came in significantly above the market forecast for 0.580 million units and is up 4.1 percent on a year-ago basis.

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•Eurozone consumer confidence indicator remained unchanged in October from the previous month. The EC’s consumer confidence indicator for euro area was at minus 11 in October, same as in the previous month. The latest reading came in line with economists’ expectation. The consumer confidence index for the EU nations slightly improved to minus 11.6 inOctober from minus 11.7 in September.

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•UK retail sales volume including automotive fuel decreased 0.2% in September from August, it was smaller than last month’s revised 0.7% fall.Economists were expecting a 0.3% increase in September.

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•China’s gross domestic product grew 9.6% between July and September compared to the same period a year earlier. That is slightly above analyst expectations for a 9.5%, but marks a slowdown from the 10.3% expansion in the June quarter.

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CIL sets IPO record; to list on Nov 4

India’s IPO market created history on Thursday with state-owned Coal India share issuer in the becoming the biggest country, beating Reliance Power’s 2008 initial public offering.

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At the time of going to press, the CIL issue was subscribed 15.26 times, collecting Rs 2,36,113.28 crore. The shares will debut on the market on November 4, a day before Muhurat trading that marks Diwali.

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Responding to late rush from retail investors, the company postponed the close of the issue to 9 pm.

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At the upper end of the band, CIL will be the seventh biggest Indian company by market cap, after ONGC, State Bank of India, TCS, Reliance Industries, Infosys Technologies and NTPC, based on Thursday’s closing price. CIL’s Rs 15,474 crore IPO has overtaken Reliance Power’s Rs 11,700 crore issue.

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Buoyant demand from retail and wealthy investors on the final day added to the strong response from institutional buyers. This also signalled success for the government’s upcoming share sales.

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Retail investors, who often take cues from institutions in IPOs, had put in bids for shares 1.44 times or for 28,60,44,375 shares. Retail investors will get a five per cent discount on the final issue price.

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Wealthy individuals had separately bid for 13.89 times the shares available for them.

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Bidding for the mega IPO closed on Wednesday for qualified institutional buyers, including foreign institutional investors, mutual funds and insurance firms. And for the portion reserved for them, the issue was over subscribed by 24.70 times, lead by FIIs.

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The IPO has generated a demand of 493,38,72,050 shares from FIIs. Calculated at the upper end of the price band, this demand is worth Rs 1,20,879.86 crore and at the lower end worth Rs 1,11,012.12 crore. Even at the low end, the demand surpasses the record Rs 1.08 lakh crore pumped in by FIIs into the capital
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India’s largest new issue came amid a flurry of big deals in Asia.

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At the top of its price range, Coal India would be valued at 15.7 times trailing earnings. The issue also got the highest demand for an Indian issue, helped by qualified institutional buyers.

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The demand from QIBs for CIL was at Rs 1,73,398 crore with 100 per cent application amount, compared with Rs 1,88,923 crore with 10 per cent margin for Reliance Power IPO. In case of Reliance Power, the QIB portion was covered 30.68 times.

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“The response to Coal India IPO, from all classes of investors, has surpassed even the most optimistic predictions. It has caught even the biggest optimists by surprise,” SMC Global Securities strategist Jagannadham Thunuguntla said in a note.

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He said the response puts the government on target to achieve its divestment target of Rs 40,000 crore in fiscal 2011 and even exceed it if other issues like the follow-on offering of Power Grid, Steel Authority of India, ONGC, Shipping Corporation of India, Indian Oil Corporation and IPO of Manganese Ore fall in place.

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The government, which has collected Rs 17,500 crore from public issues, including Coal India, may raise its divestment target and get over Rs 58,500 crore, SMC Capital added.

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At the upper end of price range, Coal India issue is worth Rs 15,474 crore and at the lower end it would fetch about Rs 14,211.81 crore.

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The upper band would also give it a market capitalisation of Rs 1.54 lakh crore ($34.7 billion).

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Meanwhile, the broader market recovered from a two-day slump and closed up 1.95 per cent at 20,260.58 points. Now all eyes will be on whether it will be a strong listing on the eve of Diwali.

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Equity News Round Up 11th – 15th October

DOMESTIC NEWS

Economy

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•Food inflation eased marginally to 16.24% for the week ended September 25, from 16.44% in the previous week, as improved supplies lowered prices.

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Capital Goods

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•BHEL has bagged a `3,700-crore from Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd for setting up the 700 MW Bellary Thermal Power Station in Karnataka.

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•Lanco Infratech informed that its Vidarbha power project based in Maharashtra, has achieved financial closure. The company has raised debt to the tune of `5,549 crore to fund the project which has an estimated cost of around `6,936 crore. The rest of requirement is funded by equity of `1,387 crore.

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•Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has bagged `1,585 crore orders in July-September period from the construction segment. Of the `1,585 croreorders, `435 crore order is for construction of building projects fromleading developers while `781 crore orders is from “clients forconstruction of hotel, office building and add on orders from its ongoing airport and commercial building projects”.

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Automobile

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•Hero Honda has launched a limited edition of its 100cc motorcyclePassion Pro, priced at `46,300 (ex-showroom Delhi).

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Realty/ Construction

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•IVRCL Infrastructure and Projects said its various divisions have wonorders worth `1,120 crore from sectors including power and transportation. The company’s water division bagged the highest `451crore order, followed by `440 crore by building divisions,`136 crore by transportation division and `92 crore by power division.

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•Punj Lloyd Group has bagged a `539-crore contract from the state owned gas utility GAIL India for laying a natural gas pipeline from Dabholto Bangalore. The project will be executed over a period of 13 months.

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Pharmaceutical

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•Cadila has got approval from US health regulator to market high blood pressure treatment tablets, Losartan Potassium and Losartan Potassium and HCTZ in the American market. The US Food and Drug Administration approval has been granted to the firm’s subsidiary Zydus Cadila, for Losartan Potassium tablets in the strengths of 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg and for Losartan Potassium and Hydrochlorothiazide tablets in the strengths of 50/ 12.5 mg and 100/25 mg.

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Power

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•NTPC may invest over `10,000 crore to set up a 2,640 megawatt (Mw)thermal power project at Gidarbaha in Punjab. The Project shall be setup as regional power project by NTPC and would also be the company’s first in the state.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

•US Pending Home Sales Index jumped more than four percent for asecond straight month, to 82.3 in August (2001 = 100). The prior month was revised to 78.9, shaving July’s gain to 4.5 percent. The readings point to a second straight jump for existing home sales which surged nearly eight percent in August.

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•US non-farm payroll employment fell by 95,000 jobs in September following a revised decrease of 57,000 jobs in August. Economists had expected employment to come in flat compared to the loss of 54,000 jobs originally reported for the previous month.

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•UK output price index rose 4.4% annually in September, compared with a4.7% gain in August. The increase was a touch higher than the expected 4.3% rise. Output prices gained 0.3% month-on-month after stagnating in August. Excluding food, beverages, tobacco and petroleum, output prices increased 4.6% annually.

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•The Japanese Cabinet approved a 5.05 trillion yen ($62 billion) new stimulus package to boost the economy amid widespread concerns that it could slip back into recession. The new package, which will befinanced by an extra budget, is aimed at addressing labor market issues,social welfare and healthcare services. The government is trying to finalize this additional budget by the end of this month.

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Biocon leads the gainers of group ‘A’ on BSE

Biocon is currently trading at Rs 402.75 , up by 22.10 points or 5.81% from its previous closing of Rs 381.85 on the BSE.

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The scrip opened at Rs. 380.65 and has touched a new high of Rs 412.00 and low of Rs 380.65 respectively. So far 820961 shares were traded on the counter.

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The BSE group ‘A’ stock of face value Rs. 5 has touched a 52 week high of Rs 412 on 04-Oct-2010 and a 52 week low of Rs 230.10 on 03-Nov-2009.

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Last one week high and low of the scrip stood at Rs 412.00 and Rs 362.40 respectively. The current market cap of the company is Rs. 8192.00 crore.

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The promoters holding in the company stood at 60.92% while Institutions and Non-Institutions held 17.03% and 22.05% respectively.

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The other top gainers of BSE group ‘A’ were Adani Enterprise up by 4.05%, IRB Infra up by 3.95%, Tata Global Beverages up by 3.80% and Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Service up by 3.69%.

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Weekly Update 4th – 8th October 2010

Global markets closed on a mixed note in the week gone by, with Indian markets closing in positive on weekly basis. To send a message to China to raise value of its currency, the U.S. House of Representatives this week approved a bill that would let domestic companies petition for duties on imports from China to compensate for the effect of weak yuan. U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said he is confident that tensions over China’s currency, the yuan, won’t lead to escalating trade sanctions or feed into a broader global currency conflict.

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European confidence in the economic outlook unexpectedly improved this month. An index of executive and consumer sentiment in the 16 euro nations rose to 103.2, the highest since January 2008, from a revised 102.3 in August. The European Commission forecasted a more “moderate” expansion in the second half of the year as governments from Ireland to Portugal step up spending cuts to push down deficits. ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet said that there is “continuing uncertainty” about the outlook.

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China’s manufacturing expanded at the fastest pace in four months in September. According to China’s logistics federation and statistics bureau, the purchasing managers’ index rose to 53.8 from 51.7 in August. The data is viewed very positively by the market as it shows that China’s economic momentum may counter weakness in the global recovery. It is believed that growth may be further aided in coming months as government plans to speed the completion of stimulus projects and boost public housing construction.

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In Japan, the jobless rate fell to 5.1 percent from 5.2 percent. After intervening few days back in the foreign exchange market in order to stem the yen appreciation, Japan’s Finance Minister reiterated that Japan is ready to keep intervening after selling yen for the first time in six years last month.

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Core infrastructure industry that account for 26.7 percent of industrial output in India slowed to 3.7 per cent in August, as compared to 6.4 per cent in the same month last year. Going forward we expect the markets would remain firm as it is supported by strong portfolio investments. The best strategy to ride the tide would be stay invested. Nifty has support between 5940-5870 and Sensex between 19640-
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Bullions may continue to lead the charge in the commodities counter as both silver and gold recently tested life time highs in MCX. The latest boon to the metal has been increasing expectations that the Federal Reserve will further ease monetary policy with measures including the purchase of Treasuries. Jitters about European sovereign debt problems have also supported gold higher as a safe-haven investment. Better jobless claims data and a revised upward GDP in US supported the crude counter which can make further gains in next coming week. Base metals will take cues from LME as China markets will remain closed for a week. In agro counter pulses along with oilseeds may trade in range while spices can get some support from upcoming festive season. Mentha oil firm export demand and low crop will assist the prices to make fresh high in MCX.