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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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CRUDE OIL ECONOMIC RECOVERY IS HELPING CRUDE RALLY

Crude oil, the life blood of the economy, is rallying to highest levelssince 2008 highs, indicating that the global economy is back on track which is also supported by rise in key global equities markets. In the first quarter of 2010, front-month NYMEX crude prices rose 5.6%.

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Crude oil prices have negated the hike in dollar index and crude stockpiles in US. Traders have placed fresh bets on a rise in demand affirming a faster pace of economic recovery in the US. Crude prices have more than doubled since dropped below $35 late in 2008, but still significantly lower as compared to the record high neaar $147 a barrel in july 2008.

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Positive economic indicators of US like PMI, home sales and employment data are showing that economic recovery is back on track and that will increase fuel consumption. Data showing an unexpected increase in pending home sales and a survey result indicating service sector growth added to investors’ confidence in the US economy .

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The institute of supply management’s non-manufacturing index rose to 55.4 in the month from 53.0 in february, sharper than economists expectation for a modest increase to 53.6.

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A report from the National Association of Realtors the pending home sales index rose 8.2% to 97.6 in february,  from a downwardly revised 90.2 in the previous month, countering consensus expectations for a 51 decline.

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According to EIA “Projected economic growth this year is higher in this forecast, with U.S. real GDP growing by 208% and world oil consumption weighted real GDP growing by 3.4%”. Given expected oil demand growth in 2010, oil prices should continue to firm despite expected increase in both non- OPEC and OPEC production this year.

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According to EIA” projected growth in domestic crude oil production is more moderate in 2010, increasing by about 210,000 bbl/d” Crude oil future outlook looks promising as it is driven mainly with global economic recovery. And summer demand in US will also keep the prices well supported.

Venture capitalists have little fancy for Indian start-ups

Venture capitalists have little fancy for Indian start-ups

Dreamy-eyed Indian entrepreneurs, hoping to talk their way into getting venture capital for their start-ups might as well look elsewhere for funding.

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It doesn’t happen in India, not often anyway, investors and experts in the industry, maintain.

Venture capitalists in India only prefer growth-stage companies — firms already up and running that need money for expansion.

Most start-up entrepreneurs, as a result, dive into their own pockets or banks, or draw funds from family and friends.


Seed capital for a new business has not come of age in India, they added.

The concept of seed capital does not exist in India, there are a few funds which have come up of late, but it is minuscule compared to the need and potential.

And the problem has also compounded by the current economic scenario, where financial institutions are more concerned with keeping their capital safe than risk their funds with a new venture.

Venture capital firms invested $740 million India in 2008 compared to $876 million in the previous year.

‘The number of deals were also down to 125 in 2008 from 144 in 2007.

Jagannadham Thunuguntla, equity head at SMC Capitals, has an explanation.

‘The confidence among foreign funds, be it venture capital or private equity, hasn’t been restored after what happened back home.’

According to him, these funds will start returning to the equities markets first, and later look at other avenues.

Among start-ups, too, there is intense competition to get venture capital funding.

And more often, there is one set of firms that comes up tops — IT-based businesses or companies that use the web to reach out to customers, said veteran venture capitalists.

A lot of venture capital firms look favourably at IT start-ups because once the concept takes off it is easier for such businesses to scale up.

Also venture capitalists generally have a Silicon Valley background and have a greater understanding of such types of business models.

Past record also matters — a larger number of IT firms have given attractive returns.

‘There is a reasonably long list of IT firms — MindTree, Spectramind, Mphasis, Daksh, Naukri.com — which have delivered good exits for venture capitalists.

Perhaps, that’s the reason why people like Manish Malhotra – who quit his position with a top bank to start a hospitality agency – are still floundering with their business.

‘Venture capital is difficult to get. I come from the banking industry and know people. But even then it hasn’t been easy at all to convince them that my plans will work,’ Malhotra said.

Dreamy-eyed Indian entrepreneurs, hoping to talk their way into getting venture capital for their start-ups might as well look elsewhere for funding.