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Equity markets to take cues from macro data, global developments this week




The Indian stock markets during the upcoming week are expected to take directions from domestic macro-economic data points slated to be released from March 12 onwards.

Apart from the data, developments on the global trade front, along with the direction of foreign funds, will also determine the course of key Indian equity indices, said market observers.

“Market participants will keep a close eye on domestic macro-economic data releases. The government will announce inflation data based on consumer price index (CPI) for February and industrial production data (Index of Industrial Production, IIP) for January on March 12,” D.K. Aggarwal, Chairman and Managing Director of SMC Investments and Advisors, told IANS.

“Besides, global macro-economic data, developments in the Budget session of Parliament, trends in global markets, investment by foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) and domestic institutional investors (DIIs) will continue to dictate the trend on the bourses next week,” he said.

During March 5-9, figures from the National Securities Depository (NSDL) revealed that FPIs invested in equities worth Rs 1,384.36 crore, or $212.98 million.

Provisional figures from the stock exchanges showed that foreign institutional investors (FIIs) sold-off scrips worth Rs 280.74 crore, while DIIs purchased scrips worth Rs 131.07 crore during last week.

On technical levels, if the NSE Nifty50 trades and closes above the 10,288-level in the upcoming week, then it is likely to test 10,375 to 10,463-10,565 levels, as per Arpit Jain, Assistant Vice President at Arihant Capital Markets.

“However, if the Nifty trades and closes below 10,165 level, then it can test 10,077 to 9,990-9,888 levels,” Jain told IANS.

“Broadly, the weekly trend is down, hence at higher levels, we are likely to witness selling pressure,” he added.

Last week, the Indian equity markets were engulfed by bears as global trade war fears following US President Donald Trump’s proposal to impose tariff on import of metals, along with the turmoil in the domestic banking sector, continued to erode the risk-taking appetite of investors.

On a weekly basis, the barometer 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE shed 739.8 points or 2.17 per cent to close at 33,307.14 points.

The wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) closed trade at 10,226.85 points — down 231.5 points or 2.21 per cent from its previous week’s close.

“With global uncertainty over the US trade war and its reaction, all eyes are also on the proposed meeting of North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump in the coming months,” Dhruv Desai, Director and Chief Operating Officer of Tradebulls, told IANS.

According to Vinod Nair, Head Of Research at Geojit Financial Services, absence of major triggers to maintain the upward trend is keeping investors on the sidelines.

“Though the long-term outlook for the domestic economy continues to be strong, issues like global trade headwinds, NPA (non-performing assets) issues and US Federal Reserve’s rate-hike trajectory are adding volatility to the market,” said Nair.

“Market participants are cautiously awaiting the CPI and IIP data next week. Inflation is expected to come down to 4.74 per cent in February which will ease bond yield in the near term. IIP is expected to show some moderation,” he added.

(Porisma P. Gogoi can be contacted at [email protected] )


Twitter likely to ban cryptocurrency ads, claims Report

“Twitter may also ban all ads for cryptocurrency exchanges, with some limited exceptions, when the policy is launched,” the report claimed.




San Francisco, March 19: After Facebook and Google, now microblog platform Twitter likely to ban cryptocurrency, token sales and Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) related advertisements.

News agency IANs citing a Sky News report on Monday stated the new Twitter policy will be rolled out within in two weeks.

“Twitter may also ban all ads for cryptocurrency exchanges, with some limited exceptions, when the policy is launched,” the report claimed.

Last week, Google announced that it will debar advertisements for cryptocurrencies and other “speculative financial products” across its ad platforms.

The ban on such advertisements will be effective from June.

“We updated several policies to address ads in unregulated or speculative financial products like binary options, cryptocurrency, foreign exchange markets and contracts for difference (or CFDs),” Scott Spencer, Google’s Director of Sustainable Ads, said in a blog post.

“In June 2018, Google will update the financial services policy to restrict the advertisement of contracts for difference, rolling spot forex and financial spread betting,” the search engine giant asserted.

In 2017, Google scrapped more than 3.2 billion ads that violated its advertising policies.

The search also blocked 79 million ads in its network for trying to send people to malware-laden sites and removed 400,000 of these unsafe sites last year.

In January, social media giant Facebook put a ban on all ads promoting cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin and ICOs.

The new policy prohibits ads that promote financial products and services that are frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices, Facebook said in a statement.

“We want people to continue to discover and learn about new products and services through Facebook ads without fear of scams or deception.

“That said, there are many companies who are advertising binary options, ICOs and cryptocurrencies that are not currently operating in good faith,” stated Rob Leathern, Product Management Director at Facebook.


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Global cues, fears of political instability dent equity indices




Mumbai, March 19: Negative Asian cues — on the prospect of higher interest rates in the US and global trade wars — pulled the key indices of the Indian equity market lower during the early morning session on Monday.

Apart from global cues, fears of domestic political instability dented investors’ risk-taking appetite. However, value buying had initially pushed the equity indices higher.

According to market observers, heavy selling pressure was witnessed in oil and gas, metals and auto stocks.

At 9.30 a.m., the barometer 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE traded at 33,142.37 points — down 33.63 points, or 0.10 per cent, from its previous close of 33,176 points.

Similarly, the wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) edged-lower. It was down by 17.90 points, or 0.18 per cent, to close at 10,177.25 points.


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Key challenges, political will top agenda as Crans Montana Forum begins



Crans Montana Forum 2018

Dakhla (Morocco), March 16 : With focus on key international challenges like urban global management, ocean economy, food and public health issues and the growing potential of Africa-Asia cooperation, the Crans Montana Forum began on Friday in this western town of Morocco.

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Reverend Jesse Jackson, President and Founder of Rainbow Push Coalition, and leaders from several countries joined Jean-Paul Carteron, Honorary Chairman and Founder of the Crans Montana Forum, at the opening ceremony here.

The major focus of the Forum this year is on the Africa and South-South Cooperation.

In his address, Jesse Jackson, one of America’s foremost civil rights figures, stressed on the need to develop and mobilize political will to “end poverty, hunger, illiteracy and killer diseases in the world”.

“Humans have limited but genuine freedom through our individual decisions and our collective politics to make a positive difference in the world. If we can develop and mobilize political will, we will find constructive ways for South-South Cooperation and end the divisions of North and South, rich and poor, powerful and disenfranchised,” Jackson said.

Organized under the patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, a royal message from the King was read at the Forum’s opening ceremony by Yanja El Khattat, President of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab Region, of which Dakhla is a part.

Various speakers at the opening ceremony highlighted the crucial role being played by Morocco to be a platform of gateway to Africa and to highlight the kep challenges being faced by African and other countries.

The conference is being attended by over 3,500 delegates and leaders from various countries and 43 international organizations.

The Forum will discuss the crucial issue of urban global management in view of the increasing rural exodus and the urban planning challenges.

The Forum will also discuss extending the Silk Road to Africa and fostering Asia-Africa partnerships. It will also have sessions on women empowerment and youth empowerment and integration.

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