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Reliance Comm. Leads the Decline among India Phone Stocks !

Reliance Communications Ltd. turned as a leading declines among India’s telecommunications stocks

Reliance Communications Ltd. turned as a leading declines among India’s telecommunications stocks

Reliance Communications Ltd. fell the most in nine months in Mumbai trading, leading declines among India’s telecommunications stocks, on speculation a price war may hurt earnings after the company cut its call charges.

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Reliance tumbled 11 percent to close at 268.30 rupees, the biggest decline since Jan. 7.

Larger rival Bharti Airtel Ltd. declined 10 percent to 359.35 rupees.

The two stocks were the worst performers today on the benchmark Sensitive Index, which climbed 0.6 percent.

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Sales have been slowing at Reliance and Bharti as competition from Vodafone Group Plc’s Indian unit and new entrants such as NTT DoCoMo Inc. intensifies in the world’s largest wireless market by users after China.

Revenue growth is also easing as wireless subscriptions in urban areas approach saturation level, forcing the companies to target low-spending rural customers for the bulk of their new additions.

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A “price war can impact the revenues of telecom companies by 15 to 20 percent,” said Jagannadham Thunuguntla, head of equities at SMC Capitals Ltd. in New Delhi.

Reliance has said that it will charge a uniform 0.50 rupee (1 U.S. cent) per minute for local and long-distance calls, to simplify tariffs.

The new rates will help the company gain market share for its services based on the global system for mobile communications platform.

“The cut in tariffs by Reliance will distort the revenue structure for companies in the sector,” market experts said.

“It could prompt other companies to follow with cuts” they added.

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Banks Appease Home Loans with Festival Offers :)

Banks appease home loans with festival offers

Banks appease home loans with festival offers

Banks are coming out with festival schemes on home loans ahead of Diwali.

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The move is aimed to increase credit demand.

Meanwhile, deals include teaser rates for initial years, amid some lenders providing alternative to shift to either fixed or floating rates in following years.

Lenders like Canara Bank, Bank of Maharashtra (BoM) and Dena Bank are offering fixed-rate loans for the first five years, and afterward, linking the loans to their prime lending rates.

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However, others like Bank of India are offering fixed-rate loans for the first two years.

Besides, SBI is offering fixed rates for the first three years.

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Moreover, the competition to gain market share has resulted in a small price war.

Development Bank of Credit introduced a fixed rate of 7.95 per cent for the first year, which is the lowest for the first year, in any case. From the second year onwards, the home rates will be linked to floating rate loans.

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BoM and Dena Bank offer a fixed rate of 8 per cent for loans up to Rs 30 lakh in the first two years.

Canara Bank offers 8 per cent in the first year for Rs 30 lakh and SBI offers 8 per cent for the first five years for loans up to Rs 5 lakh.

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Summer sales during the existing year were flat due to uncertainties.

Now, builders and lenders are making a fresh pitch to push sales during Diwali through limited period offers.

Most banks have also waived off the processing fee during the festival season.

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