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Bulls ride on election outcome, Nifty closes above 9,100-mark

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Mumbai, March 18, 2017: Riding on the outcome of the just-concluded assembly elections, key Indian equity indices zoomed to new 52-week highs and crossed their psychologically significant levels. The benchmark NSE Nifty hit a record intra-day high and closed above the 9,100-mark for the first time during the truncated week ended Friday.

On Friday, the wider 51-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) touched a new record intra-day high of 9,218.40 points. Similarly, the Sensex touched a new 52 week-high of 29,824.62 points.

The bull run continued for the second consecutive week as the outcome of the assembly elections in five states and positive global cues enhanced the risk-taking appetite of investors.

The positivity in the equity markets was also favoured by a strong rupee and substantial inflows of foreign funds.

The barometer 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE surged by 702.76 points or 2.43 per cent to close at 29,648.99 points, while the NSE Nifty was up by 225.5 points or 2.52 percent at 9,160.05 points.

“Markets zoomed higher this week to touch new life highs. The Nifty closed above the 9,100 level for the first time ever,” Deepak Jasani, Head – Retail Research, HDFC Securities, told IANS.

Market observers pointed out that the BJP victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand assemblies elevated the mood of the Indian equity markets.

“The election results will provide the much-needed boost to the ruling-BJP to accelerate the pace of reforms, including the roll-out of the crucial Goods and Services Tax (GST), slated to be implemented from July 1, 2017,” said Vijay Singhania, founder and Director of brokerage firm Trade Smart Online.

D.K. Aggarwal, Chairman and Managing Director, SMC Investments and Advisors, told IANS: “In the week gone by, the global markets moved higher and higher as confidence continued to return to the markets, and also after the (US) Federal Reserve indicated it was unlikely to speed up monetary tightening.”

On Wednesday, the benchmark Indian indices well-absorbed the 25 basis points (bps) rate hike by the US Federal Reserve for the second time in three months and the third time since the 2008 global financial crisis.

“Moreover, the industrial activity has shown some improvement in January, after the contraction in December, which also indicated that the negative effects of demonetisation are gradually waning,” Aggarwal said.

According to Dhruv Desai, Director and Chief Operating Officer of Tradebulls, the Indian equity markets traded with firm sentiments tracking bearish USD/INR futures prices and continuous buying support.

“Continuous funds flow witnessed by FIIs (foreign institutional investors) in this week indicated continuation of the uptrend in the Indian equity markets,” Desai pointed out.

The Indian rupee strengthened by 1.15 paise to 65.46 against a US dollar from last week’s close of 66.61.

In terms of investments, provisional figures from the stock exchanges showed that FIIs purchased stocks worth Rs 8,121.51 crore during the week, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) divested scrip worth Rs 2,192.86 crore.

Figures from the National Securities Depository (NSDL) disclosed that foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought equities worth Rs 7,495.85 crore, or $1.13 billion, during March 14-17.

Commenting on sector-specific movement, Rakesh Tarway, Head of Research, Reliance Securities, said: “FMCG gained by 5.1 per cent, high beta sectors like realty and metals also reversed its last week losses to gain by 4.9 per cent and 3.1 per cent respectively, while other sectors gained by around 2.5 per cent.”

The top weekly Sensex gainers were: Adani Ports (up 7.93 per cent at Rs 324.60), Tata Steel (up 6.93 per cent at Rs 502.05), ITC (up 6.19 per cent at Rs 281.20), HDFC (up 5.74 per cent at Rs 1,450) and Larsen and Toubro (L&T) (up 4.99 per cent at Rs 1,550.70).

The losers were: Coal India (down 8.94 per cent at Rs 289.75),Bharti Airtel (down 3.77 per cent at Rs 346.80), Gail (down 1.23 per cent at Rs 374.75), Power Grid (down 0.39 per cent at Rs 193.50), and Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) (down 0.07 per cent at Rs 1,303).

By Porisma P. Gogoi

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Vodafone retrospective tax decision was erroneous: Jaitley

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The decision taken by the previous UPA government to tax British telecom multinational Vodafone Group retrospectively was an “erroneous” one, the likes of which the ruling NDA would be loath to repeat, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday.

He was responding to a question from the audience here on the issue at the ET Global Business Summit here.

“I always felt Vodafone tax decision was an erroneous decision. This government decided it will not be taking any retrospective decision,” Jaitley said.

It was precisely for this reason that the Long Term Capital Gains Tax reintroduced in the Budget earlier this month had been exempted for investments made up to January 31, 2018, he added.

The Budget 2018-19 has proposed to tax long-term capital gains on equities exceeding Rs 1 lakh at 10 per cent, which is expected to bring in revenue of Rs 20,000 crore.

However, capital gains made on shares until January 31, 2018, will be “grandfathered”, Jaitley said while presenting the budget, adding “we have protected all investments coming in before February 1”.

Vodafone is facing tax claims and interest totalling more than Rs 22,000 crore in India, which includes Rs 14,200 crore for acquiring Hutchison’s stake in 2007.

The UPA government had said that the Hutchison-Vodafone deal was liable for tax deduction at source (TDS) under the Income Tax (IT) Act. While the Supreme Court subsequently quashed the demand in January 2012, the government amended the IT Act retrospectively, putting the liability back on Vodafone Group.

The company last year said an international arbitration tribunal would begin trial on Vodafone’s challenge to India’s retrospective legislation to seek Rs 22,100 crore in taxes.

In this connection, the UK India Business Council (UKIBC) has said thatb predictability and clarity regarding retrospective taxation would help British companies to invest more in India.

“I think that if there was more clarity, certainty, predictability around retrospective taxation and (resolving) the Vodafone issue that would help the UK companies make their investment decisions in India,” UKIBC Managing Director Richard McCallum told IANS over a telephonic interaction on Friday.

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Equities recoup on value buying after 3 weeks of losses

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Mumbai, Feb 24: After three weeks of consecutive losses, the key Indian equity indices bounced back from their lows to close this week with humble gains on value buying by investors.

Market observers said futures and options (F&O) expiry infused volatility in the domestic markets, amid global cues and a slew of domestic developments like the $1.8 billion fraud reported by the Punjab National Bank (PNB) and a weakening rupee due to the continuous outflow of foreign funds.

However, losses were trimmed as bargain-hunting by investors on the last trading day of the week lifted the benchmark indices.

On a weekly basis, the barometer 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) edged higher by 131.39 points or 0.39 per cent to close at 34,142.15 points.

The wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) closed trade at 10,491.05 points — up 38.75 points or 0.37 per cent from its previous week’s close.

“The week gone by saw the Nifty bouncing back from a low of 10,302 to finally end with a modest gain. This week’s gains came after three weeks of losses,” Deepak Jasani, Head, Retail Research, HDFC Securities, told IANS.

According to D.K. Aggarwal, Chairman and Managing Director of SMC Investments and Advisors, markets across the globe fluctuated wildly — highlighting the market’s fragility — as investors continued to assess the quickening pace of economic growth and the prospects of the US Federal Reserve’s tightening efforts.

“Back home, the sentiment of market participants have been dented by factors such as surging US bond yields, a multi-crore fraud in India’s second-largest public sector lender PNB and the return of long-term capital gains (LTCG) tax on equities, which put a break on the record-setting market rally,” he added.

During the eight trading sessions following the detection of a $1.8 billion fraud in one of the branches of the PNB, the bank’s shares on the BSE have plunged almost 30 per cent to Rs 113.40 per share.

Gitanjali Gems, the other listed entity involved in the fraud case, also witnessed an eight-day fall in its shares, nosediving 60.54 per cent to Rs 24.80 per share.

“The consolidation in the domestic market continued due to the NPA (non-performing assets) issue in public-sector banks, trade deficit, conflict between NSE and SGX, rise in bond yield and depreciation in rupee due to selling by FIIs (foreign institutional investors),” said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services.

On the currency front, the rupee weakened by 51-52 paise to close at 64.73 against the US dollar from last week’s close of 64.21-22.

Provisional figures from the stock exchanges showed that FIIs sold-off scrips worth Rs 5,781.98 crore, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) purchased scrips worth Rs 5,972.69 crore during the week.

Figures from the National Securities Depository (NSDL) revealed that foreign portfolio investors off-loaded equities worth Rs 3,054.94 crore, or $468.06 million, during February 20-23.

Sectorwise, Jasani said: “The top sectoral gainers were IT, metal and Bank Nifty indices. The top losers were auto, realty and pharma indices.”

The top weekly Sensex gainers were: Tata Consultancy Services (up 4.76 per cent at Rs 3,076.90); Yes Bank (up 3.75 per cent at Rs 323.60); Infosys (up 2.74 per cent at Rs 1,155.65); Kotak Bank (up 2.67 per cent at Rs 1,079.85); and Coal India (up 2.49 per cent at Rs 310.55).

The losers were: Bajaj Auto (down 3.70 per cent at Rs 2,988); Asian Paints (down 3.65 per cent at Rs 1,101.90); Mahindra and Mahindra (down 3.29 per cent at Rs 719.30); Tata Motors (down 2.73 per cent at Rs 360.45); and Tata Motors (DVR) (down 2.32 per cent at Rs 203.85).

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In the Indian system politicians are accountable but regulators are not: FM Jaitely on Banking frauds

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitely at Global Business Summit (Photo-ANI)

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday told that cases of periodical willful default are much more dangerous than business failure and bank frauds.

Speaking at Global Business Summit the leader pointed out that these kinds of incidents not only harm the economic atmosphere like the ease of doing business but also scars the economy.

The finance minister Jaitley also said, “If a fraud is taking place in multiple branches of banking system & no one raised the red flag, doesn’t that become worrisome for a country. Similarly, top management who were indifferent, multiple layers of auditing system which chose to look another way, it creates a worrisome situation.”

The leader also referred that Regulators plays important roles and decide the rules of the game and they have to have a third eye which perpetually is open.

“Unfortunately, in the Indian system we politicians are accountable but regulators are not,” he added.

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