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EQUITY MARKET OVERVIEW JANUARY 2010

EQUITY MARKET OVERVIEW JANUARY 2010

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The year 2009 was an unconventional year with surprises galore.

The sharp recovery in the benchmark Sensex is evident of the same.

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The year came with some shocks and some surprises, be it Satyam opening the Pandora’s Box, government coming to the rescue through fiscal stimulus or gold touching the new highs.


With appreciation of more than 75%, 2009 calendar year emerged as the best year bringing back hope and strengthening the faith and confidence of investors.

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As we welcome the New Year, let’s have a glance at how was the sunset of 2009 with the happenings in the month of December.


The month started with not much action as the indices were little changed as every rise was seen as an opportunity to book profits as fear of rising inflation barred investors from building large positions.

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The India’s industrial output jumped 11.7% in November 2009 from a year earlier, helped by stimulus measures and robust domestic demand.


The momentum in the country’s industrial output is likely to sustain in the coming months.


The facility for Indian companies to buy back their Foreign Currency Convertible Bonds (FCCBs) under the automatic route and approval route would be discontinued from January 2010 due to the improvement in the equity market.

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The central bank said it would allow non-bank financial companies which are focused on financing infrastructure projects to borrow from overseas markets under the approval route.


During the middle of the month, profit taking pulled the key benchmark indices lower.

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The worst monsoon since 1972 and flood in some parts of the country have pushed up food prices nearly to 17.28% annually in beginning of January, while the headline inflation accelerated to 7.31% in December.


The food supplies need to be boosted to stem the price rise as the current acceleration in inflation rate is not only due to loose monetary stance.


The government towards this, has cut the open sale price of wheat, while ministers have pledged to import food items that are in short supply to boost local supplies and stem inflation.

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Dollar also showed strength and sparked fears of unwinding of dollar carry trade.

The Christmas week saw a ‘Santa Claus’ rally that took the market to 19 months’ closing high in a truncated trading week.

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Further, the latest data showed that corporate advance tax payments for the October-December 2009 quarter shot up sharply, suggesting a higher profit growth in corporate sector in the third quarter (October-December) of the current fiscal.

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The corporate advance tax payments for the quarter were up 44% to Rs.48300 crore against a 3.7% decline in April-June quarter and a 14.7% increase in July-September quarter.


The company-wise break-up of advance tax collection suggests a broad-based recovery with automobiles, cement, metals and consumer goods, doing well.

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Amidst all this, we had the Finance Minister‘s statement that containing inflation and cutting fiscal deficit are the major challenges for the government in the short-to-medium term.


Towards this the government can even alter the proposed draft for the direct tax code to sustain the high economic growth.

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FM Revised Direct Tax Collection Target, Increases Target by 8% !!

Direct Tax Collection

The Government on Tuesday revised its direct tax collection target for the current fiscal to Rs 4,00,000 crore, up by Rs 30,000 from the budget estimate.

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The upward revision has been made ‘‘given the likely impact on government finances due to unanticipated drought,’’ finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said.

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Mukherjee exhorted top tax officials to make it possible given the ‘‘extremely challenging’’ situation.

‘‘I know what I am asking you to achieve is an extremely challenging target given the current economic situation.

But it is equally true that if such a target has to be achieved, it can only be done by the direct tax,’’ the FM told a gathering of chief commissioners and directors-general of income tax in the Capital.

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As direct taxes have become a major source of central revenue, their role has, accordingly, increased in shaping the economic future of India, the FM said.

He also said the tax base in the country is still small and there is still substantial tax evasion or underpayment of taxes, he said.

The tax base needs to be further expanded, he added.

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Direct tax collections have grown at an average annual rate of 26.8 per cent in the last five years, and have more than trebled from Rs 1.05 lakh crore in the financial year 2003-04 to Rs 3.38 lakh crore in 2008-09, Mukherjee said.

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Direct taxes accounts for the bulk of tax revenues and slowed to 16.5 per cent in 2008-09 owing to the economic slowdown.

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FM Pranab Mukherjee will release the draft of the Direct Tax Code and a discussion paper on Wednesday to seek public opinion before finalising the relevant Bill for introduction in Parliament.

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The Direct Tax Code Bill, which is set to simplify the existing Act, will be uploaded on the finance ministry website alongwith a web-based interface for readers to send their suggestions. 🙂

The Bill is likely to be introduced in the winter session.

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The government on Tuesday revised its direct tax collection target for the current fiscal to Rs 4,00,000 crore, up by Rs 30,000 from the budget estimate.

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The upward revision has been made ‘‘given the likely impact on government finances due to unanticipated drought,’’ finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said.

Mukherjee exhorted top tax officials to make it possible given the ‘‘extremely challenging’’ situation.

‘‘I know what I am asking you to achieve is an extremely challenging target given the current economic situation. But it is equally true that if such a target has to be achieved, it can only be done by the direct tax,’’ the FM told a gathering of chief commissioners and directors-general of income tax in the Capital.

However, As direct taxes have become a major source of central revenue, their role has, accordingly, increased in shaping the economic future of India, the FM said.

He also said the tax base in the country is still small and there is still substantial tax evasion or underpayment of taxes, he said. The tax base needs to be further expanded, he added.

Direct tax collections have grown at an average annual rate of 26.8 per cent in the last five years, and have more than trebled from Rs 1.05 lakh crore in the financial year 2003-04 to Rs 3.38 lakh crore in 2008-09, Mukherjee said.

Direct taxes accounts for the bulk of tax revenues and slowed to 16.5 per cent in 2008-09 owing to the economic slowdown.

FM Pranab Mukherjee will release the draft of the Direct Tax Code and a discussion paper on Wednesday to seek public opinion before finalising the relevant Bill for introduction in Parliament. The Bill is likely to be introduced in the winter session.