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Weekly Update 18th – 22nd October 2010

Most of the world markets rallied in the week gone by on the buzz of further quantitative easing by U.S. Without giving details about the strategies on how the central bank will act its Nov. 2-3 meeting, Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke said additional monetary stimulus may be warranted because inflation is too low and unemployment is too high.

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Fed is considering ways for raising inflation expectations to encourage people to believe that prices will start rising at a faster pace so that they would spend more of their money now. Retail sales in U.S.climbed more than forecast as purchases rose 0.6 percent following a 0.7 percent gain in August and manufacturing in the New York region expanded in October at a faster pace than anticipated.

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China’s Shanghai Composite Index saw gains of 8.5 percent on the anticipation that China’s banks show strong earnings growth this quarter as the lending has beaten the forecast. Moreover the strong exports growth of 25.1 percent in September mirrors the strong underlying economic momentum. The country’s foreign-exchange reserves, the world’s largest, surged by a record to $2.65 trillion at the end of September.

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India’s wholesale price index rose to rose 8.62 percent in September from a year earlier after an 8.5 percent gain in August. Manufactured product inflation and Food price inflation rose by 0.3 percent and 1.6 percent respectively in September fromthe previous month. RBI Chief Subbarao said that inflation in India is being “quite stubborn,” a sign that controlling prices remains the central bank’s priority.

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Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Subir Gokarn signaled the central bank may intervene in the currency markets to shield exporters from the strengthening rupee. The capital account showed a surplus of $17.5 billion in the quarter to June 30, compared with a record shortfall of $13.7 billion in its current account.

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Foreign investors have so far poured approximately $23 billion in stocks and 10 billion indebt this year. Industrial production expanded by 5.6 percent in August after seeingan expansion of 15.2 percent in July.Going next week the main attraction for retail investors would be the primary market with Mega IPO of Coal India slated to open on 18th October. As Infosys has already rung the bell with positive surprise in terms of earning growth, the investors would now look forward to numbers of companies like L&T, HDFC, Bajaj Auto, etc that are scheduled to announce numbers next week.

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Nifty has support between5870-5950 and Sensex between 19200-19640 levels.With expecting second round of monetary easing, investors dumped dollar and endowed other investment avenues. Commodities extended a rally to the highest intwo years and CRB closed near the mark of 300. The dollar fell to its lowest in 10 months against a basket of currencies and breached the mark of 77. Five week continuous downfall enhanced metals and agricultural commodities.

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Gold gave heroic performance and made another life time high. It rose more than 25% in 2010.Silver is also trading near 30 year high. However, being prudent investors, one should book profit in gold and silver, considering safe trading. Base metals are expected to trade in a range. Crude oil should trade in range $80-85 in short run on mixed fundamental. OPEC has decided to keep the production quota unchanged in last meeting. Agro commodities should trade with high volatility ahead of expiry of October contract.

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Morning News Capsules

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

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SMC Morning News Capsules

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NEWS CAPSULES

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• Backed by government stimulus measures and a low base effect,  growth in industrial output touched a two-year high in November 2009.

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The index of industrial production (IIP) grew 11.7 per cent, primarily due to growth in manufacturing (12.68 per cent in November as against 2.7 per cent last year),
fuelling a debate on withdrawal of fiscal and monetary stimulus measures.

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•  Maruti Suzuki, India’s largest manufacturer of passenger cars, launched Eeco, a multipurpose vehicle (MPV) in Ahmedabad.

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With Maruti Omni being largely used by the cargo segment, and the Versa failing to create a buzz in the market, the company needed to focus on the passenger side.

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Introduced in three variants at a price range of Rs 2.58-2.89 lakh, Eeco aims at fulfilling this gap.

Currently the company sells 550 Omni each month.

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•  Telecom major, Bharti Airtel, has announced that it has agreed to acquire 70% stake in Bangladesh-based, Warid Telecom.

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Bharti plans to make $300 million fresh investment in the company, thus taking the overall investment to $1 billion.

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The new funding will be for capacity expansion, coverage and innovative products.

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• FMCG major Dabur said it has tied up with a Belgium firm for technical collaboration to reduce carbon emissions in its plants and has invested Rs 5 crore for the purpose.

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The company said it is rolling out a host of initiatives at its various manufacturing facilities spread across India and Nepal to reduce carbon emissions and become more energy efficient.

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• Central electricity distribution firm PowerGrid would sign an agreement with Bangladesh later next month for setting up a transmission link with the neighboring country.

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Punj Lloyd has bagged orders worth Rs 947 crore from Ind-Barath Energy.

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The company informed that it has won an order for partial balance of plant and civil work on a two 350 MW thermal power project by Ind-Barath Energy, Orissa.

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• New Delhi Television (NDTV) has informed BSE that NDTV Worldwide, a NDTV Group company has entered into an agreement with Beximco Group, Bangladesh.

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The company would be providing consultancy to set tip and assist in the business management and operations of a 24-hour news and current affairs channel proposed to be launched in Bangladesh by Beximco Group.

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Infosys Technologies, India’s second-largest software services exporter, has reported a 3.6 per cent year-on-year (Y-o-Y) decline in net profit to Rs 1,582 crore for the third quarter ended December 31, 2009.

Total income, too, saw a decline of close to 1 per cent to Rs 5,741 crore.

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• Two – wheeler giant Bajaj Auto reported a smashing 189.24 per cent increase in its net profit at Rs 475.14 crore for the third quarter ended December 31, 2009.

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The company had a net profit of Rs 164.27 crore in the corresponding quarter a year ago.

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•  IT firm Mastek reported a 24.8 per cent decline in its net profit at Rs 23.54 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2009.

It had a net profit of Rs 31.33 crore in the same period previous fiscal.

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Bajaj Auto phases out Pulsar 200; await new Pulsar 220 rew

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Bajaj Auto has phased out the Pulsar 200 model to make way for the new Pulsar 220, as both were priced on a par, despite the latter being more powerful.

The new Pulsar 220, launched three weeks earlier, is a refurbished version of the earlier model launched in December 2006. The Pulsar 200 was launched in January 2007 and carried an ex-showroom price of about Rs 70,000.

However, to take on competing products in the premium category (priced upwards of Rs 65,000) with the likes of Yamaha FZ16, Fazer and R15, Hero Honda’s Karizma, TVS Apache 180 and the Honda CBF Stunner PGM-FI, Bajaj has slashed the price of Pulsar 220 by more than Rs 15,000. It will now be sold at Rs 70,000, ex-showroom.

S Sridhar, chief executive (two-wheelers), Bajaj Auto, said, “The carburettored version of the new Pulsar 220, which has been launched, offers higher power and better performance at a much lesser price.

So, continuing with the Pulsar 200 was not possible, as it was priced in the similar range. We wanted to offer the buyers a better bike at an affordable rate.”

The bike, however, is still available in select showrooms at the earlier price without any discounts. “Some units of the Pulsar 200 are available with us and there will be no more supply of it from the company,” said a Mumbai-based dealer of the Probiking showroom, Bajaj’s speciality outlet that sells only premium bikes.

The Pulsar 200 has a 198.8cc engine, which delivers 18 bhp power, while the Pulsar 220 has a 220cc engine, which generates 21.04 bhp of peak power. Although the new Pulsar 220 is heavier than the Pulsar 200 by five kg, at 150 kg, it is faster than the smaller sibling at 144 km/hour, as compared to 130 km/hour.

Currently, the company produces three models under the Pulsar brand — Pulsar 150, Pulsar 180 and Pulsar 220. All the three models have only recently gone through a face-lift labelled as the ‘2009 edition’.

Meanwhile, in a bid to increase its market share in the 100 cc category, Bajaj Auto today launched its popular selling model “Discover” in the entry level segment.

Bajaj held a marketshare of 43 per cent in the premium 150 cc segment contributed by sales of its premium bike ‘Pulsar’ and a 9 per cent market share in the entry level segment through “Platina” as of April-June 2009.

With the latest launch, the company hoped to garner a significant market share in the segment this fiscal.

Source: Business Standard