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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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FLASHBACK 2009


For India, 2009, been a great year with the return of a stable government at centre, good FII inflow, 80% increase in the Indian stock market and less terror attacks. But globally, H1N1 influenza and a series of bankruptcy by some big international giants are some events, which we never want to happen again.

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Putting behind the worst annual performance ever, Indian equities were on a roll in 2009, catapulting a key index by more than 80 percent, to close the year with one of the best gains among emerging markets.

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At closing bell Thursday, the 30-share benchmark sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) was ruling at 17,464.81 points with an impressive gain of 7,817.5 points, or 81.03 percent, over the previous year’s close at 9,647.31 points.

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This was the best annual performance since 1999 and was in sharp contrast to 2008, when the Sensex ended with a hefty loss of 10,639.68 points or 52.45 percent making it the third-worst performing equities index among emerging markets.

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The story was no different at the National Stock Exchange (NSE), the other major bourse in the country, where the broader 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty gained a hefty 2,241.9 points or 75.76 percent when it closed at 5,201.05 points Thursday.

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The main factors that made key indices rise like a Phoenix was resilience of the Indian economy and impressive growth despite global slowdown that also reflected in corporate earnings and the return of the foreign institutional funds.

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According to markets watchdog, the Securities and Exchange Board of India, such overseas funds pumped about $17.46 billion into the Indian stock markets in 2009, as opposed to a net sale worth $13.135 billion for the first time in over a decade..

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‘The performance in 2009 surpassed the expectations of even the most optimistic person. There were not many places left for foreign funds to invest and India was among the few attractive destinations,’ said Jagannadham Thunuguntla, equity head at SMC Capitals.

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Even as the Sensex gained 7,817.5 points, some of the 13 sector-specific indices stood out because of their performance — the metals index appreciated the most, up 233.68 percent, while auto followed with a gain of 204.16 points..

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Similarly, the indices for information technology was up 132.78 percent, capital goods gained 104.26 percent, consumer durables rose 97.8 percent, banking gained 83.9 percent, state-run enterprises inflated 80.54 percent, power moved up by 74.3 percent.

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On the whole, the year started on a promising note with the government unveiling a second dose of fiscal stimulus to help the economy weather the adverse impact of a slowdown in the global economy — touted as the worst in eight decades.

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As a result, the Sensex rallied till Jan 6 and gained 7.13 percent in just three days of trading. But then came the confession of a multi-million dollar fraud by Satyam Computer founder B. Ramalinga Raju, triggering a 7.25 percent fall in just one session.

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Till February, the barometer index was oscillating between 9,000-odd points and 10,300-levels. But as signs of a prolonged economic recession receded the world over, Indian equities found more takers and reflected in steady rise in the index.

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By the beginning of May it was trading comfortably around the 12,000-point mark and gave a thumping welcome to the electoral victory of the Congress party-led United Progressive Alliance — that even saw suspension of trading as indices hit the upper circuit twice.

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On that eventful day of May 18, the Sensex stood at 14,284.21 points, gaining 2,110.79 points, or 17.33 percent, over the previous close, while Nifty also rose 17.3 percent, or 636.4 points, to close at 4,308.05 points.

The remaining months of the year saw a steady rise in the index with interim corrections even as events like the presentation of an industry-friendly national budget and a high growth for the economy during the second quarter boosted investor sentiments.

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Looking at individual stocks that go into the Sensex basket, the top five gainers during 2009 were Tata Motors, up 398.33 percent at Rs.792.60; Mahindra and Mahindra, up 293.23 percent at Rs.1,080.80; Sterlite Industries, up 230.45 percent at Rs.861.65; Hindalco, up 211.23 percent at Rs.160.75; and Maruti Suzuki, up 199.88 percent at Rs.1,559.65.

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Only three stocks ended lower — Bharti Airtel was down 54.02 percent at Rs.328.80; Reliance Communications was down 23.92 percent at Rs.172.90; and Reliance Industries which ended lower since the company declared a 1:1 bonus.

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Looking ahead, the markets expect some more action once the government’s divestment programme gets underway even as investors have their fingers crossed on when the Sensex will breach the magical 21,000 mark.

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So, overall, the year 2009 has been one of the most significant chapters in the stock market growth with an increase of 80% in its value. Further, we keep our spirits high on FM’s comment that Indian economy can grow at 7.75% in FY10.

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Indian Small Car Exports to Europe Started Decreasing !

As scrap page schemes in several European markets are set to lapse,exports by Indian small-car producers have started declining.

As scrap page schemes in several European markets are set to lapse,exports by Indian small-car producers have started declining.

As scrap page schemes in several European markets are set to lapse by the year-end, exports by Indian small-car producers such as Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai Motor have started declining.

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However, on the back of incentives offered by Germany, France and the UK in order to help owners of older cars and vans buy new fuel-efficient vehicles these automakers saw exports increase 35-40 % in the last few months.

Moreover, Germany and Austria concluded their scrappage programmes and other countries are likely to end their schemes by December hence as exports to Europe start decreasing, Indian carmakers have started looking at non-European markets.

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Additionally, till September 30, Maruti Suzuki had exported over 58,500 units,
with A-Star accounting for 33,500 units,
Nissan Pixo at over 25,000 units and
other models contributing about 7,900 units
while its exports of 1.3 lakh units in 2009-10
against 70,023 units in the last fiscal year.

However, Maruti Suzuki’s exports is not likely to cross 1.16 lakh units this year as many European countries have withdrawn their scrappage schemes.

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On the other hand, Hyundai Motor India (HMIL) too benefitted from additional European export orders where more than 50% of their exports are targeted at European countries with Germany accounting for the maximum and aims to export about 2.7 lakh units in 2009-10 against 2.45 lakh units last year.

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Further, in order to qualify for the scrap page benefit, the emission levels in the new car should be below 160 g per km while Germany had created a € 5 billion fund for the old-car scrappage scheme, doling out € 2,500 incentive for a fuel-efficient new car.

France had set aside € 220 million, offering € 1,000 and a deferred tax benefit of up to € 5,000 for a new car.

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Read Full Story on Economic Times.

Indian Govt. disinvestment plans to kick off soon !

Indian Govt. disinvestment plans to kick off soon !

Indian Power Firm NHPC Ltd will kick off a $1.25 billion IPO next week in the first share sale by a state company.

Since the congress party’s unexpectedly strong re-election in May spurred investors hopes for pro market reforms. 🙂

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Despite opposition from labour groups and leftist parties, the government is forecast by some watchers to offload roughly $5 billion a year in state shares.


This could hearten a bond market worried about fiscal responsibility, but do little to address a yawning deficit and $90 billion borrowing plan.

Investors are expected to lap up shares in government firms, given :

a) attractive pricing,

b) a record of outperformance relative to IPOs by private firms,

c) and a roaring stock market run since March. 🙂

NHPC opens its IPO on August 7 in what would be the first for a state firm in India since Feb. 2008.

Oil India is expected to follow with a $500 to $600 million issue in September.

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Also in the works could be a multi-billion-dollar IPO by telecoms firm Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.

Secondary offerings by power equipment maker Bharat Heavy Electricals, Rural Electrification Corp, trading firm MMTC Ltd and mining firm NMDC Ltd. are also in queue.


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The pipeline of equity from state firms promises to top the record $6 billion raised from government asset sales between 1999 and 2004 when the pro-business Bharatya Janata Party (BJP) was in power.

During that period, shares were sold in firms such as Oil and Natural Gas Corp and Maruti Suzuki.

Since then, the government raised just $1.4 billion as allies of the ruling coalition and labour unions thwarted plans for stake sales.

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Indian state companies that listed between 2004 and 2009 have shown share price gains on average of 140 percent compared with just 3.5 percent for their private sector peers, according to a study by SMC Capitals, a deal tracking firm.