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Equity News Round Up 30th August – 3rd September

DOMESTIC NEWS


Economy

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•The food price index rose to an annual 10.05% in the week ended August 14 as against 10.35% in the previous week.

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Oil & Gas

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•ONGC is set to get permission from the Centre to pay only a third of its total royalty obligation to the Rajasthan government on the revenues earned from the oil blocks owned by Cairn India, removing a possible obstacle to the Vedanta-Cairn deal and saving the oil explorer an annual outgo of $350 million.

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•The Supreme Court refused to restrain Vedanta Group’s bid to acquire Cairn India through an open offer of $3 billion. Billionaire Anil Agarwal-owned Vedanta Group plans to acquire around 60% stake in Cairn India for over $9 billion, including the 20% proposed to be bought by Sesa Goa.

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Telecommunication

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•Reliance Communications’ 3G Innovation Lab has started with hopes of providing the operator with applications that will drive higher data consumption among mobile phone users as the company launches third generation (3G) wireless services.

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Ship Building

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•ABG Shipyard exited Great Offshore by selling its 4.66 per cent stake in the offshore oil and gas service provider for `64.50 crore through open market transactions.

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Information Technologies.

•Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has signed a 130 crore e-governance contract with the Madhya Pradesh government.

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•EdServ announced that it has tied up with the Canada-headquartered Corel to become its authorised online training partner. EdServ thus have the rights to train and certify students on the Corel Technology, Graphics Design and Desktop Publishing.

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Auto Ancillaries

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•Lumax Industries plans tosetuptwoautomotivelightingplants intwoyears.The first plant isbeing setupat SanandinGujarat tosupplyTataMotors’Nanocar and will become operational inthethirdquarter this fiscal.

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Power

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•Power Grid Corporation is among the three firms shortlisted by the Nigerian Government to manage the country’s electricity grid to be constructed at a cost of $ 3.5 billion.

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Tea.

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•Jayshree Tea & Industries (JTIL), a BK Birla Group company, is eyeing tea estates in Rwanda. It has decided to participate in the auctioning of tea estates that is likely to be kicked off by the Rwanda Tea Authority shortly.

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Pharmaceuticals

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•Cipla has approved the acquisition of Mumbai-based Meditab Specialities for a consideration of 133.35 crore. The acquisition of Meditab will help the company consolidate its business invariouscountries includingChina & Africa.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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•US Existing home sales fell 27.2 percent in July to a 3.83 million annual rate for the lowest level in 15 years. The 3.83 million rate compares with expectations for 4.65 million. Supply at the current sales rate ballooned from June’s already swollen 8.9 months to 12.5 months for the worst reading in 11 years.

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•US New factory orders for durable goods in July rebounded 0.3 percent, following a 0.1 percent decline the prior month. The July rebound came in significantly belowthe consensus forecast for a 2.5 percent comeback.

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•US Jobless claims swung lower in the August 21 week in what should slow the deepening pessimism. Initial claims fell 31,000 for the second biggest decline of the year. Yet the 473,000 level is still on the high side when compared to levels in July, evident in the four-week average of 486,750 which is the worst since November.

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•US Gross domestic product grew at a 2.4 percent annual pace, less than forecast, after a 3.7 percent first-quarter gain that was larger than previously estimated. The U.S. economy slowed in the second quarter as a scarcity of jobs eroded consumer spending, leaving the rebound dependent on a surge in business investment.

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Equity News Round UP

Economy

•The annual rate of inflation based on the wholesale price index of food articles shot up to 17.70 per cent during the week ended 27 March 2010 from 16.35 per cent during the previous week.

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•India’s automobile industry reported a 26.41 per cent growth in sales in 2009-10 riding on the government’s stimulus packages that perked demand, making it the second fastest growing market in the world after China.

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•India’s first-ever auction of spectrum for third generation (3G) telephony services began on a cautious note. For a pan-India licence, the highest offer was Rs 3,919 crore on the first day, just 12 per cent higher than the base price of Rs 3,500 crore. There are six companies in the race for a pan- India licence, which spans 22 circles. These are Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Essar, Reliance Communications, Idea Cellular, Tata Teleservices and Aircel.

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Capital Goods

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•Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited is setting up a centre of excellence for nanotechnology with an investment of Rs 8.27 crore to explore applications in power systems and products relevant to the company.

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•Suzlon Energy said its subsidiary REpower Systems AG has bagged a contract from an Italian company for supplying 18 wind turbines. RE power has concluded a contract for the supply of 18 wind turbines to Daunia Savignano, a subsidiary of Italian Tozzi Group.

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•Elecon Engineering Company has bagged an order worth Rs 49.90 crore from Sical Logistics for material handling equipment. The scope of the contract includes design, engineering and commissioning of material handling equipments for New Mangalore Iron Ore Terminal.

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•BGR Energy Systems has entered into an agreement with the Orissa government for setting up a 1,320-MW power project at an investment of Rs 6,287 crore. The company has signed a MoU with Orissa government for setting up a 1,320 MW independent power producer at Bhapur in Nayagarh district of the state at an investment of about Rs 6,287 crore.

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Pharmaceutical

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•Aurobindo Pharma announced that it has received final approval for Venlafaxine Hydrochloride Tablets 25 mg, 37.5 mg, 50 mg, 75 mg and 100 mg from the US Food & Drug Administration (USFDA).

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•Cipla Limited, among the largest pharmaceutical companies in the country, is understood to be closing in on a strategic investment in Bangalore-based Stempeutics Research, a stem cell company developing stem cell-based medicinal products. Stem cells are used to replace or initiate the production of other cells that are damaged or missing.

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•Biocon has fully acquired the joint venture Biocon Biopharmaceuticals from its Cuban partner CIMAB. Under the business restructuring plan, Biocon will pick up CIMAB’s 49% stake and will make Biocon Biopharmaceuticals (BBPL) a wholly owned subsidiary of Biocon.

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Media & Entertainment

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•PVR Ltd, a retail entertainment company, has earmarked around Rs 120 crore for setting up 60 multiplex screens across the country. Of this, 14 are already operational and the remaining will be opened by the end of this fiscal.

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Realty & Construction

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•IVR Prime Urban Developers has raised Rs 63 crore by selling land near Pune and Chennai. The company has sold 87.52 acres of land near Loanavala and 28 acres of land near Chennai.

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Oil & Gas

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•Reliance Industries (RIL) has announced that its subsidiary, Reliance Marcellus LLC has executed definitive agreements to enter into a joint venture with United Sates based Atlas Energy, Inc, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania under which Reliance will acquire a 40% interest in Atlas’ Core Marcellus Shale acreage position.

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•Aban Offshore has bagged a contract valued at $159 million (about Rs 716 crore) from Brunel Shell Petroleum Sendirian Berhad for the deployment of the jack-up rigs.

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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Telecom Stocks Continues To Plunge Down :(

Shares of telecom companies continued to decline amid the ongoing tariff war

Shares of telecom companies continued to decline amid the ongoing tariff war

Shares of telecom companies continued to decline amid the ongoing tariff war and the losses of market leaders like Bharti Airtel and Reliance Communications so far this month almost at par.

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Since the tariff war started, Bharti Airtel, which enjoys the largest market share, has declined over 23 per cent, while Anil Ambani led Reliance Communications has tanked nearly 31 per cent on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

Telecom stocks are continuously coming down.

The per second plan would act negatively for these companies and accordingly most of the brokerage houses have downgraded the sector.

Regarding RCom, experts said “the slide in the stock was more to do with the tariff war than the audit report and the fact that the company changed from CDMA to GSM also strained its balance sheet.”

Since October 5, shares of Idea Cellular has plunged 13.32 per cent, while the scrip of  Tata Teleservices Maharashtra was down 3.37 per cent.

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“In the midst of the tariff war, the face of telecom industry is changing, the telecom story is being re-looked by the investor community.

The winner in this case is customers and the losers are the companies.”

SMC Capitals head of equity Jagannadham Thunuguntla said.

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Earlier this month, telecom regulator mooted the plan to ask all the operators to consider per-second pulse as a mandatory tariff option along with their other tariff plans.

Paying tariff based on usage per second instead of the current per minute pulse, would heavily impact the profitability of the telecom operators and on these concerns shares of all major telecom companies slipped into the red.

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As subscriber base numbers are also significantly down both in terms of pan India level and individual company wise, it would also affect the share price of the telecom operators significantly.

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